Talib Kweli & 9th Wonder Suggest There Is No Such Thing As An Innocent Bystander (Audio/Video)
Alexander Hamilton once said, “Those who stand for nothing fall for anything.”
There is a lot to stand up for in the world around us—and there are some who still seemingly feel like it is not their place, their preference, or their politics to have an opinion. Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder, Nottz, Tef Poe, and Kendra Ross are out to combat that. From the Indie 500 project (November 6), “Which Side Are You On?” clears the fences with evidence. This record uses potent lyrics and a pained chorus of protest to wake up those numb to circumstances.
The song is catchy because it’s clearly designed to be. It plainly states: “Justice for us all.” Talib even says that he appreciates opposing views more than no views. This is truly pungent mental fodder.
Moreover, the Indie 500 camp made a video that ties in Dr. Martin Luther King’s 1963 “I Have A Dream” speech with the wrongful deaths of Michael Brown, Sandra Bland, and others (named at the end of the song, to add context and burden of proof to stand up). In the compilation, Heads can see Bun B, Boots Riley, Jasiri X, Immortal Technique, Tom Morello, and more. Beyond artists and influencers, the video shows people of diverse ages, races, backgrounds, standing up for injustice, together.
Which side are you on?