Mick Jenkins Releases the Explosive 11 in Response to Eric Garner’s Death (Audio)

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Mick Jenkins’ new song “11” is a tour de force. In little more than three minutes, he artfully, intelligently and powerfully addresses the racism that still plagues our country, the downward cycle of selling drugs, the increasing surveillance of us all by the government and corporations, our feeding into the capitalist system through outsized consumerism and more. Perhaps even more powerful is his repetition of one phrase 11 times: “I can’t breathe.” That is the number of times Eric Garner uttered those words before succumbing to a lethal choke hold. This is bigger than Hip-Hop.

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