Last week, 'CIT4DT,' a music video featuring three Baltimore county teens rapping a goofy, pointed anti-Donald Trump song went viral. Over a stark though springy beat¿swiped from Detroit rapper Rocaine's song 'Chicken Chicken'¿Dooley, TLow, and Lor Roger threaten Trump ("We got a chopper in the trunk/ For Donald Trump") and trade terse insults, dozens-style: Dooley, a online comedian with a substantive following, raps, "Boy, ain't even white/ You yellow/ You say you'd date your own daughter, you a sicko"; Tlow reminds people of what happened to Trump in Chicago when protestors shut down his rally; and Lor Roger says he's got some hollow points for the GOP frontrunner if Trump doesn't rein in his rhetoric.
Two recent Baltimore rap songs, President Davo and Young Moose's 'Rainy Days' and Lil Saint and Lor Chris' 'I Hate Y'All Niggas,' wrestle with Freddie Gray's death months later, along with the day-to-day stress of living in Baltimore.
"Where are all the celebrities?" That's a question many supporters of #BlackLivesMatter protests are asking. At this moment of great unrest, some are feeling a lack of leadership from those who have worldwide media platforms. I think something other than apathy is really at work here: fear and trepidation. Michael Jackson was never afraid to put himself out there for the truth as he saw it, and he took a pounding for it.
A quick scan of this year's Virgin Mobile FreeFest reveals the type of lineup we've come to expect from the annual concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion: Smart, on-the-nose and balanced -- as long as you're the type of music fan who takes pride in genre open-mindedness and staying in the loop of new faces and sounds.