Hard Knock Records
has released What About US?, a critical response by various hip-hop artists
and activists in regard to the 2001 September 11 attacks and the current "war
The album features
appearances by Zion I, Blackalicious, Hobo Junction, Cool Nuts featuring Bosko,
Davey D., Michael Franti and Spearhead, Abstract Tribe Unique, The Frontline,
Raashan, Non Prophets, Rico Pabon and others.
behind the creation of the album is in the title What About US?,"
Executive Producer Nick Huff said. "The media portrays the hip-hop generation
as apathetic and materialistic but never supports artist that have something
to say about what is going on in their communities."
Huff said that
the hip-hop community is critical of the wars in the Middle East because the
majority of the consequences of the war will effect poor people across the country.
of dollars, possibly Trillions before it’s all over, that are being spent on
the defense budgets are not coming from taxes to the rich or from corporations
because they are getting their taxes cut to ‘Stimulate the Economy’. The bulk
of that money is coming from programs that actually need the money the most
like public education, after school programs, childcare for low income families,
Medicare. These programs which our communities need the most are the ones taking
the biggest cuts because we don’t have lobbyist to speak for US. Is this what
president Bush meant when he promised to leave no child behind?"
A portion of the
proceeds from What About US? will be donated to the Underground Railroad
radio show and KPFA apprenticeship program.
What About US?
is in stores now.