With Busdriver‘s mixtape, Thumbs, now set to release November 6, the Cali art-rap spitter reveals the project’s second single, “Ministry of the Torture Couch.”
Featuring Hemlock Ernst, “Ministry of the Torture Couch” analyzing and bringing awareness the inequalities and violence of America from political overrule to police brutality to the overuse of guns. The first half of the song points out how an everyday congressman gets paid “to get booty claps” and to make rules on behalf of prisons and large corporations at the detriment of the everyday working man and, more specifically, black men. Ernst wonders if he’ll be remembered as “more than just a centipede” and if his history (or more importantly the history of his people) will be remembered better than just some lines in a book.
The second half, though, which features some laid back dusty production from Elos, paints itself as a reminiscent summertime love story. But once Busdriver remembers the song of their youth they used to chant on the daily, which turns out to be Ellay Khule’s “Fuc A Cop,” the song transforms back into a politically aware rant on police brutality and overrule. Since his childhood, he’s been living with the “fuck a cop” mentality, and now as a well-informed adult, nothing’s changed.
Thumbs is now a retail tape and is available for pre-order on iTunes. The artwork was done by Moneekah. With a pre-order, you’ll get the first single, “Worlds to Run” with Milo & Anderson .Paak, and “Ministry of the Torture Couch,” which you can listen to below.