For any hiphop artist getting started in the rap game, it is a great feat to make it to Sway Calloway’s radio show Sway In The Morning. During the pandemic, Sway started giving rappers and lyricists from around the world a chance to step onto his virtual stage and show their talents. One of these rappers comes all the way from India and his name is Armaan Yadav. We here at Shouts are familiar with Armaan as we have been following his protest rap for a while.
Armaan seems to always feel compelled to pen down words about the injustice he constantly witnesses in his home country of India, which he then shares with the rest of the world. For the outside world, it is a great thing; that there are artists that journal what is going on so we can all become more informed, more empathetic humans.
Armaan’s latest offering is a full steam protest tune available for anyone looking for some energy boost during their resistance.
As per usual, when a song is banned or when an artist is oppressed by a tyrannical government or authority, we at Shouts do our best to show that work of art and free artistic expression to the world.
This time we present the song Mama by Tanzanian rapper Nay Wa Mitego. After Nay sent in the song to the Tanzanian government for review (as government’s rules dictate) the officials deemed this song unfit for the public for its alleged provocative content. This kind of oppression can understandably take a toll on a creative mind.
“I sometimes think of quitting doing music because of these kinds of struggles, this system will make some of the artists to not do their work. You cannot edit songs penned down by artists in the name of review, when that happens, the song automatically is disclaimed by artists,”
The deep beat lingers as Lia Rose’s soothing voice starts the collaboration that is the new single from Firebrand Records, ‘Must Be Undone’. Lia’s partners in crime are protest rapper Son of Nun and Firebrand Records co-founder Tom Morello.
“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.”
“What’s been done/Can and must be undone/Enough is enough” Lia sings before Son of Nun enters the project with all guns blazing:
“Capitalism is lead paint and Ritalin A new jail, high blood pressure and insulin It’s why they can’t drink the water in Flint, Michigan And why so many plead guilty when they’re innocent It’s using the oven to keep your house warm Cuz minimum wage won’t keep the lights on It’s dying from diseases that are treatable While drug company profits are unbelievable It’s Coke killing union organizers It’s darker nations in debt to colonizers It’s saying climate change is still debatable While the military knows it’s inescapable It’s the schools in the hood with no heat Cuz tax-free arenas ain’t taking a backseat Capitalism is a bonus for the CEO Closing plants here to open them in Mexico”
Mr. Tom Morello finally steps in with his guitar to end the music video with an emotional solo that is complemented perfectly with animation work by Jonny Lawrence.