's Soundtrack to the Revolution


The jury has acquitted George Zimmerman, who killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, news outlets and public figures are advocating peace. The case has all the potential for a riot-worthy situation, but that won’t create a sustained change. An unarmed, young black male, an “authority figure” killer in the then-29 year old neighborhood watchman, and the polarizing race factor.

The death of Trayvon Martin has not been far from the minds of black America, and yet, many white American’s are not following the trial or feel no real investment in the outcome. The case has proven that there is no post-racial America.

image (2)It’s time for a revolution. Time for a real conversation about race in America. If there is to be a “revolution,” it may not be televised, but it will definitely be tweeted. Social Media is the new TV and has been a source of feedback directly from the court of public opinion. And between the Zimmerman trial, the changes to the voting rights act, and all of Paula Deen’s crazy racism, it seemed to us a rough time to be black in America. It also seemed like a time to do something about it. So, we reached out via Facebook and Twitter to friends of our site for songs to add to our soundtrack to start the revolution.

Here is the Revolution Mixtape*

From Davey D. (Hip-Hop Journalist, Historian, DJ. via Facebook):

Track 1: “Hip Hop” by dead prez

Track 2: “Revolution” by Rebel Diaz

Track 3: “Fight the Power” by Public Enemy

Track 4: “Buckwyling” by Sista Souljah and Terminator X, Chuck D

Track 5: “F– Tha Police” by NWA

From dream hampton (Author, Filmmaker. via Twitter):

Track 6: “I Like Giants” by Kimya Dawson

Track 7: “Sorrow, Tears & Blood” by Fela

Track 8: “Apple Orchard” by Invincible

Track 9: “Crucify Yr Mind” by Sixto Rodriguez

Track 10: “Wake Up” by Bob Marley

From MK Asante (Author, Filmmaker, Professor. via Facebook):

Track 11: “Point of No Return” by Immortal Technique Track 12: “Deceased” by Tupac Shakur Track 13: “Bang on Them” by Uncle Murda Track 14: “African Student Movement” by Saul Williams Track 15: “Godz N The Hood” by Ras Kass featuring Bishop Lamont, MK Asante, and Talib Kweli From the Staff (Cultural Commentators, Hip-Hop Media Legends. via Email): Track 16: “Sly Fox” by Nas Track 17: “Not Ready to Make Nice” by The Dixie Chicks Track 18: “My Life” by DJ Paul Track 19:”Let’s Get This Paper” by Rich Boy Track 20: “When the Revolution Comes” by The Last Poets
From “Friends of the Family” (Supporters via Facebook) Track 21: “Liberation” by OutKast Track 22: “Give Peace a Chance” by John Lennon Track 23: “The Hate that Hate Made” by Paris Track 24: “Testify” by Styles P. and Talib Kweli Track 25: “Calm Like a Bomb” by Rage Against the Machine * is in no way advocating violence against person or property. Share what songs would be your on your soundtrack to a revolution in the comments section.