Archive for the ‘Politics’ Category

Hip-Hop generation’s message to Bush
4 August, 2007

This is awesome! US rapper Wordsworth in the 2004 Presidential debate (almost)

Lyrics:

You got no choice, that’s what you’ve all been told to listen to,
These criminals in the office want to control or limit you,
All the political power’s ours,
But these cowards’ goals and principles is to imprison you
Mr President, you inherited in devilish ways from your dad,
You the biggest terrorists there ever is,
It’s evident, your negative, and your father was father before
So you used the war as a score to settle it,
World peace is said to be the planner’s plan,
So you attack the Taliban in Afghanistan,
Bin Laden you let escape and through the sand he ran,
Now he’s taping death threats on a handycam,
Non humane, Iraq, Saddam Hussein,
Didn’t find weapons still went and bombed the planes,
Arms are aimed, children and moms are maimed,
C4 killing soliders when a car is detained
And you stay getting money from these corporations,
How are you paying backers (?) from these altercations,
Under no terms you have my vote earned
Now while the sun burns, each day the globe turns,
Problems evolving, partial involvement could solve it,
If you weren’t golfing so often,
Believe me you’all, it’s all way worse than it looks,
So let’s vote and stop beating around the bush.

And a few thoughts: 

Apart from the politics, the ‘Afghanistan’ / ‘sand he ran’ / ‘handycam’ rhyme works just so well!  I also like the ‘power’s, ours, cowards’’ rhymes in the beginning.  I love also how the line, ‘Now while the sun burns, each day the globe turns’ opens up the view and seems to put everything is perspective. 

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Dissertation writing and Renaud’s ‘Hexagone’
25 July, 2007

This is to apologise for not writing so long, I’m in the final month of writing my dissertation so no time to spare at the mo.  If you’ve come back to look at the site, thanks a lot.  I’ve got a translation of ‘Je dors sur mes 2 oreilles’ in the making, so I’ll get that up sometime, and hopefully some stuff on UK hip-hop which I’m looking forward to.  Until then….

I’ve recently been playing Renaud’s song ‘Hexegone’ non-stop, it’s about France, goes through some of the big events in French history (Revolution, May 1968, D-Day landings etc.) and is written with each verse relating to a month of the year (Jan, Feb, etc.).  Awesome song, if scaldingly critical, check it out if you don’t know it: 
http://www.radioblogclub.com/open/147952/renaud/Renaud%20Hexagone

This is a snippet from the ‘May’ verse, about student and workers strikes in ’68 that almost brought down the government, just as it is not rhymed:

They remember the month of May
Of a blood which ran red and black
Of a failed revolution
Which should have changed history.
Most of all, I remember those sheep,
Frightened by Liberty
Going to vote in their millions
For order and security

Ils se souviennent, au mois de mai,
d’un sang qui coula rouge et noir,
d’une révolution manquée
qui faillit renverser l’Histoire,
j’me souviens surtout d’ces moutons,
effrayés par la Liberté,
s’en allant voter par millions
pour l’ordre et la sécurité.

Full lyrics: http://www.paroles.net/chansons/15646.htm

There is a video – but it’s not a great version: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xhhnq_renaud-hexagone