2011 | Rap
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“I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence. -- Fear is such a weak emotion that's why I despise it. -- We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth. -- So scared of what you think of me, I'm scared of even telling you.”
- The song hit #89 on the Billboard hot 100.
- The song was named the 41st best song of 2011 by XXL magazine
- The song has been used as a theme song for Internet group Anonymous.
THE HOT TAKES
Incredible video. The fact that there is so much amazing rebellious music like this that I've been missing, even being an ancap for several years now, just goes to show the stranglehold that the thought controllers have. Which, of course, is the point of this song. I'm always thrilled to hear a song calling out popular culture for being meaningless: "If you turn on TV, all you see's a bunch of "what the fucks"; Dude is dating so and so, blabbering 'bout such and such; And that ain't Jersey Shore, homey, that's the news; And these the same people supposedly telling us the truth." I haven't had a cable, satellite or any other kind of "TV" connection since around 2007, and I never miss it. I'm not disparaging those that enjoy a few shows--hell, I certainly like to watch a movie or a series from time to time. But know what you're doing! Be aware of what you're taking in. Read between the lines, and stay centered. If you move from show to show, never pausing to reflect, write, meditate, or be productive...then you're wasting away. So much truth is just beyond the edges of the box most people live in, but they are too "busy" being "bored" to take a look.
This song is just amazing! It may be one of the most honest and real things I’ve ever heard. While most of the song lays out many of specific problems, the last verse is especially powerful and lays out the condition. It reminds me of the words of Audre Lorde, “Your silence will not protect you.” The truth of that statement is gobsmacking. Fear is probably the most universally strong motivator for humans. It’s easy to stay silent, avoid ridicule, and even violence, but the sad truth is, keeping your head down will not protect you from The State. Speaking out is so important because it breaks the spell of fear that The State puts over people by appealing to their fear, either through violence or scare tactics and media. When a few stand up to authority, that empowers others to do so as well. There are enough sunshine patriots, and flag-waving sycophants, what is needed are more winter soldiers who are willing to fight the hard battles in tough conditions so that the tide can turn.
I can't think of a bigger indictment of the state of a culture than the third verse of this track. I've definitely spent many a night writing for this project waiting for the black bags to charge into my basement and haul me away into the night. It's not that I think I'm important or have special knowledge. Quite the contrary. The key to fear is making it confusing. They can't go after only the big fish. Sure, some of them have to go so we know that no on e is too big but some of the nameless ones have to go too so we know that no one is safe. Thefear they require needs subservience from every one of us or they'd just constantly be chopping the head off a regenerating snake. I reiterate again. The last verse of this song shows exactly why I cringe when a statist tries to paint a worse case scenario for statelessness when anything they posit already exists worse than they imagine under the state. The warlords already control us and we pretend they're parents.