‘True Talk’ by Logic – Why Hip Hop remains a powerful way to provide social commentary

Richard Sudan

51a6Ayas2wL. SL500 AA280  ‘True Talk’ by Logic   Why Hip Hop remains a powerful way to provide social commentary More True Talk the new album from Logic MC of Peoples Army produced by Last Resort is out now. It’s the second instalment of the Truetalk project, the first of which became an instant underground classic. But Truetalk also reached the eyes and ears of the public recently, via a different platform, as the Peoples Army (yes that’s without an apostrophe) commander in chief made an appearance on the BBC3’s Free Speech debate.

The show which is aimed at a largely young audience, took place live from Westminster. On a panel which included among others Stella Creasy MP, some interesting topics were discussed such as what the role of young people in civic society should be, with some other subjects being thrown into the mix including the so-called legitimacy of an unelected royal family and head of state, with questions also asked about the wider system within which the current unelected coalition government operates.

It was refreshing to finally hear some True Talk on the BBC from someone other than Benjamin Zephaniah and a handful of others. If nothing else, it’s vindication that voices other than those constantly heard in the traditional mainstream media exist and are most certainly relevant, even if at times the balance feels unfair, and is more representative of corporate agendas and the interests of advertisers.

In the past, Free Speech featured a useful debate which showed an exchange between rapper Akala and Right Wing poster boy Tommy Robinson, which highlighted the absurd insanity upon which much of the current right wing propaganda we hear is based on.

The new More Truetalk project, building on the success of the last, is a compilation of 15 tracks featuring an epic mix of various artists including Genesis Elijah, Mic Righteous, Lowkey, Amy True, Big Frizzle, Renee Soul, Black the Ripper, and Durrty Goodz among others.

The Neverthat remix featuring Genesis Elijah and Black the Ripper was released as a prelude to More True Talk project a few weeks back, and if anything to go by sets an impressive tone for the rest of the album combining serious beats with a mastery of lyricism in every verse, dealing with themes which aren’t always obvious at first but which is part of the appeal.

Similarly the video Crazy World, part of More True Talk feat Renee Soul was released at the beginning of November which is a clever soulful exploration of the mental health system, problems associated with it and limitations.

But the genius of the music, reflective of the wider movement embodied by all the artists in the Peoples Army is that this is real Hip Hop, which you can just listen to for its own sake. But when taking a step back and thinking about the words, the undeniable message of unity, and a call for a revolution in thinking shines through.

With the problems we currently face in our communities, More True Talk will shed light on many of the contemporary issues that politicians and the media are either not aware of or are utterly disinterested in covering.

The fact that True Talk, albeit via an appearance by Logic, was invited to contribute to the BBC’s Free Speech, reflects if nothing else, the fact that Hip Hop remains a powerful way to provide social commentary to the people, and indeed informs the people, and reflects the views of the people in a way that traditional media simply cannot, or refuses to do.

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