Friday, December 18, 2009

"...You Cannot Kill a Revolution"

So I think it's fair to say that we have a friend that puts us on to stuff. Whether it's the one saying "you heard bout them Space Jam jay's mannn?!" or the one who is briefing you on the current political state of the country; in life, someone is always trying to put you onto something.
Yesterday, this was of benefit as my good friend from Morehouse introduced me to his current VIBE song: "We Almost Lost Detroit" by Gil Scott Heron. Honestly, the song is dope! and it sent me in a frenzy to uncover all of his work, which led me to discover he is apart of The Last Poets, is a Chicago native, and renowned as a revolutionary poet.
It also led me to the uncovering of his later years, which are sullied with jail time and drug addiction. All I can come up with is: knowledge is power but it's also dangerous. He who knows the true detriment of his people is a sad man indeed.

"...It ticks each night as the city sleeps seconds from annihilation. But no one stopped to think about the people, or how they would survive, and we almost lost Detroit this time..."

Hopefully Fred Hampton Jr's (2009 marked the 40th anniversary of his assassination) words still hold meaning "You can kill a revolutionary, but you can't kill a revolution!"



  1. I think this is good bc first of all i think it is good to have close friends to inlighten you with ineresting facts and songs that you have never herd. And this song i have never herd but jus bc ive read this i will. Its amazing how things spread from one person to another crazy but if we had more of this instead of blocking ourselves out from everything maybe people would able to interact with each other alot better

  2. I didn't know it was his 40th anniversary..I never heard of the guy but I like the song and how he speaks about issues in the community. But I love the lyrics because I think he is talking about something relevant and something that contributes unlike a lot of todays music. Last thing is reading this especially the part about knowledge being dangerous reminds me of the quote ignorance is bliss and how much messed up things there are in the world..the one good thing about that is that there is hope for anyone who wants it..Jesus Christ provides that escape through His redemption