I was roaming around YouTube, and I had a hankering for some Erykah Badu. I love the song "Soldier," so I pulled up the video. In a way that I just cannot explain, Erykah reminds me of how cool it is to be an American black (note the noun and the adjective, respectively; don't get it twisted).
Anyway, as I was listening to the song, bopping my head to the beat, a particular lyric set jumped out at me: "they be tryin' to hide the history/but they know who we are/do you want to see everbody rise to the next degree/raise your hands high if you agree...." These lyrics seem to hit right on the issues we are dealing with right now, from torture, to the financial services/banking crisis, to the land wars in Asia (I still love "The Princess Bride"). The message is simple: try as you might, the truth will out.
Now the song as a whole is cool, though I am sure my conservative friends might take issue with some of the lyrics (and I am no fan of "bow ties with the Final Call" myself), but she hits on so many points. The beat is hot, regardless.
Take a listen to the song. Happy Friday!
Erykah Badu -- "Soldier"