Big K.R.I.T. & B.O.B. Ask When Exactly Was America Great On “Peace Piece” (Audio)

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Today, we celebrate the newer music. On May 12, B.o.B. released Ether, his first new album in 4 years. One of the album’s highlights is “Peace Piece,” where he and Big K.R.I.T. deconstruct the mantra of “Make America Great Again,” and ask exactly what does that mean? In his verse, B.o.B. highlights several periods in America’s past that certainly were not great. “Yeah, they say ‘let’s make America great again’/Except for the slavery and genocide/When we kill all the natives and steal their tribes/And the time we denied women’s rights/Talkin’ ’bout great/Like the AIDS outbreak?/Like when they brought crack cocaine to the hood?/Like when they brought heroin to the states?

Big K.R.I.T. echoes these themes in his verse, though he focuses more on present day injustices. “Prison walls nowadays big biz/Give us dope then lock us up to get riches/Then send us out to a job we can’t get/You had that nigga flipped/Now you back in the system/That’s a cold game man, aww dog if there’s a God I pray she listening/The President don’t give a f*ck about us/The government don’t give a f*ck either/They talkin’ make America great again/I just wanna save my people.

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In addition to “Peace Piece,” you can hear some exceptional new music from Kendrick Lamar, Logic, DJ Quik, Brother Ali, Oddisee, Wale, Nas, Joey Bada$$, J. Cole, Big Sean, Drake, and a host of others.