Sometime in the summer, Malcolm Reks will release a new studio LP, The Greatest X (The Greatest Unknown). The album will be stacked with guest features and production: Large Professor, Alchemist, Evidence, Statik Selektah, Nottz, Black Milk, Streetrunner, Termanology, and Guilty Simpson are just some of the lengthy list of contributors.
After threatening to “B*tch Slap” a couple of pesky naysayers, he links up with producer Streetrunner for the next offering: “Hands Up (Wink Wink).” A scathing takedown of the grimy tactics employed by some of the country’s supposed “finest” lawmen, the video features a couple of locals channeling their inner Howard Beale on in response. He explains:
“‘Hands Up (Wink Wink)’ was made as a wake up call to those tuned out to our realities and engaged by societal distractions. In essence, I believe when a class of citizens are oppressed for an extended period of time, there is a point where they have little choice but to awaken. In today’s America, not much has changed for the masses who were labeled 3/5 of a person in The Constitution. At the song’s root is the idea of being policed differently from our neighbors solely on the basis of our melanin. We are shot in the streets like dogs and described as radical when defending the idea of our freedom.”