I already did this back in May, but fuck it. Yesterday marked the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy. A month after, Sage released a song in an effort to “combat the fear-culture being drummed up by the US Media and Government.” A song I still play on a weekly basis. Check the lyrics here.
“Recorded in October 2001, Sage took just enough time to refine his prose while still exposing his raw nerves. The rapper from Providence, R.I., visited Ground Zero five days after the attacks, and this track recounts his frustration at the bandwagon patriots on the news and in the city, people all too quick to jump in line behind our leaders and cease asking critical questions. He as much as predicts the subsequent creation of the Patriot Act, warning “Freedom will be defended at the cost of civil liberties.” He decries a media which at the time was panicking America into a patriotic fervor by showing the attacks on the news over and over and over again, while a city and nation in mourning were still trying to heal. Pretty powerful stuff, a snapshot of the times, with an air of urgency, immediacy, and sadness.” – Houston Press