AWKWORD [@AWKWORDrap]
AWKWORD [@AWKWORDrap]
AWKWORD Breaks Down “Throw Away The Key” Song/Video

This is a song that I originally released back in late 2012, one of my first targeted and explicit political records. It makes sense. For years I have been advocating for prison reform, as well as equality and justice in our policing and sentencing. I have focused on race and class since I was a kid, first connecting to Hip Hop. And I have personally experienced (and witnessed) abuses by police and in jails and the courts.

Always a renegade, my activism began in childhood with the guidance of my mother. I created my high school’s first (now annual) Diversity Day with the Anti-Defamation League. While earning my Bachelor’s in Sociology from Vassar, I founded the school’s Prison Reform Group, lobbied New York State Congress for the repeal of the Rockefeller Drug Laws and worked or volunteered at Green Haven maximum-security prison, an alternative-to-incarceration center, a probation office and an at-risk youth center.

This is a serious subject for me, and Canada’s L.Ment provided the perfect soundscape.

“They just stop them and frisk, you better move real lightly /
I heard they got a contest, ask Bill O’Reilly /

Afraid you’ll get locked up, they’ll throw away the key /

They’re free to move across the sea, you ain’t even free /

Still awaiting retrials, for drug deals, in New York /

Overcrowded Louisiana, California it’s sport /

Chicago is a wasteland, even colder in the summer /

No education, programs, now they murdering each other”

Lyrics: http://rapgenius.com/Awkword-throw-away-the-key-lyrics

Originally written for: Hip Hop Renaissance 

MLK in the hoodie…
S/O Combat Jack for making this his twitter avi and bringing it to my attention. S/O schitz-n-giggles for the original tumblr post.

MLK in the hoodie…

S/O Combat Jack for making this his twitter avi and bringing it to my attention. S/O schitz-n-giggles for the original tumblr post.

The benchmark of the failure of a democratic experiment is when you have arbitrary policing toward the weak and the vulnerable.

Cornel West


[Click here for the audio of this quote, plus more of Dr. West, from the Smiley & West show.]