Maybe the most important–and best(?)–rap album of 2020.
Given away free here, but if you choose to pay, the funds support defending the protesters.
Yankee and the Brave. “A crooked copper got the dropper I put one in his eye.” Advance single released long before the George Floyd murder. “And you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me/ And til’ my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, ‘I can’t breathe’.” 5 stars.
Oooh LA. “When we usher in chaos just know that we did it smiling.” Another prescient advance single. 5 stars.
Out of Sight feat. 2 Chainz. Recalls the post-Ice Cube days of NWA–mid ’90s L.A. gangsta sound. 3 stars.
Holy Calamafuck. “I’m a Buddhist MacGyver.” 3 stars.
Goonies vs. E.T. Public Enemy for the 2010s. 4 stars.
Walking the Snow. Rap Sabbath Death Grips music. “You’ve robbed of your empathy. Replaced it with apathy.” A call to action. 5 stars.
Ju$t featuring Pharrell and Zach De La Roche. “Look at all these slave masters posing on your dollar.” 4 stars.
Never Look Back. One of the album’s simpler songs, but still provocative. 3 stars.
The Ground Below. Excellent samples updating Ether, moving it from a rapper-on-rapper battle rap to a revolutionary love song. 3.5 stars.
Pulling the Pin featuring Mavis Staples and Joshe Homme. 3.5 stars.
A Few Words for the Firing Squad. The closer. Like when Zappa took on the PMRC, this is more polemic than song. 2 stars as a song, but well worth a listen.