Off DJ K.O.’s EMPBeTheTeam, out September 18th (pre-orders available now). Check SK’s thoughts on the record and violence in today’s youth below.
The other night my heart was broken once again. This time coming after hearing about the murder of a young man(child), Joseph “Lil JoJo” Coleman. I didn’t know him. However, when I look at his picture online I’m reminded of my nephew – a couple years younger, living in another city not too different than Southside Chicago. An overwhelming, yet familiar, sensation came over me. It’s the same feeling I got when I saw Trayvon Martin’s picture. Something’s gotta give.
This song is a culmination of the past few months for me. Seeing violence, ignorance, and indifference plague the youth. Seeing record executives with dollar signs in their eyes trying to capitalize off these youth. Seeing run of the mill journalists adding fuel to the promo fire because they want to be ahead of the curve, or not be left out. Seeing the striking divide in our country. Seeing the presidential election approaching. Seeing the remnants (or evolution) of the Occupy Wall Street movement, as well as conversations with friends of mine who are current and former organizers.
This song is not meant to have the answers to anything. It’s just me venting my thoughts and concerns. Maybe it will resonate with some, and spark, something.