The Roots’ Day Tuesday #2

America’s lost somewhere inside of Littleton,

Eleven million children, all on Ritalin,

That’s why I don’t rhyme for the sake of riddlin’,

False media – we don’t need it, do we?

Pilgrims, slaves, Indian, Mexican,

It looks real fucked up for your next of kin,

That’s why I don’t rhyme for the sake of riddlin’,

False media – we don’t need it, do we?

-Wadud Ahmad on False Media

In 2006, a hip-hop outfit decided to step up the genre’s intentions from entertaining wordplay to social consciousness. I know that other rappers had spit lines and verses about their views on a number of social issues that reach far beyond the confines of music, but with Game Theory, The Roots dedicated an entire album to the problems of the world. They took a huge risk because the message they needed to deliver wasn’t one people expected to hear. It was a dark and abrasive showing, but it succeeded in transcending the genre, as all great music does. On False Media, guest Wadud Ahmad vented the disgruntlement towards the state of things in society with a grizzled despondency that only his spoken word can.

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