In the midst of, arguably, some of the most troubling civil unrest against people of color in our nation since the Civil Rights Era, Hip-Hop has taken a firm-handed approach to addressing these issues head on. From Killer Mike, to Snoop Dogg, to The Game, and Vic Mensa, artists young and old are standing up and speaking out against these atrocities, and Hellfyre Club artist Nocando is yet another in an ever growing list.
Nocando’s latest single, “El Camino,” is inspired, in part, by Frantz Fanton’s The Wretched of the Earth, an insightful critique of nationalism’s influence on the greater society’s mental health and the relationship between the colonizer and colonized, or the slave and the master.
To expand on this point, Nocando uses his desire for an El Camino as a catalyst to explain life behind the eyes of oppression, and the obstacles that stand in the way of colored people in pursuit of their dreams as it stands in America today. Over a thunderous bassline, Nocando addresses All Lives Matter, Macklemore’s “White Privilege II,” the violence experienced in his own hometown, and the difficulties in dealing with his own demons to express the frustration and pain suffered by himself, and countless others in these dark, dire times.
Take a listen.
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