Old School Fridays: Political or Socio-Political Songs!
This week I channeled all of my psychic energies toward assuring that the theme for this week would fit with this 1994 jam that has been on iPod heavy rotation for no good reason all week long. It’s a bit of a fudge, but “U Will Know,” by Black Men United from the Jason’s Lyric soundtrack is going to have to fit the bill. Please indulge me while I break this joint down.
“U Will Know,” was written by D’Angelo before he even really had a name, which is especially impressive considering his use of the letter “U” as a substitute for “you,” a cutting edge move in a pre-text message world. Back in those days, you could get a bunch of artists together, name yourselves, and make a single song with a social mission (Voices That Care, Band Aid, the list goes on). I often think that if doing ensemble songs was still in vogue this country wouldn’t be going to hell in handbasket right now, but I digress. You know how socially-minded people have, say, moments of silence across the world for Darfur and whatnot? What I need you guys to do, because I’m in a certain kind of mood, is watch this video, sing along, point out R&B stars from yesteryear, feel all black and concerned and motivated (even if you’re white and lazy and couldn’t care less), and play “where are they now” with the artists in the video. This is Thembi’s soulclap across America day and I want 100% participation here!
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