You Maybe Missed Ali Shaheed’s “Black Lives Matter” Commentary, But It Stands Tall (Video)
Earlier this month, Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest, Lucy Pearl, NPR Hip-Hop) made a song in support of the Black Lives Matter protests. The highly-respected Queens, New Yorker works as he was portrayed in Beats, Rhymes & Life: quietly. However, in making “CPR” with Merna, JaPoet and David Luke, the Native Tongues DJ/producer refused to go quietly.
With footage for the New York City protests, Ali actually raps on this—a true rarity. With his three cohorts, the clique asks the questions to society, law enforcement, and governing bodies—do we matter? The message: love. Along with solidarity and human compassion, this is what’s needed.
Shaheed has an elite reputation for quality music. “CPR” breathes life into that iron-clad discography, with a lot to say with it.