"Before you six feet under the ground"

R&B sounds and look very different in the video and song for “Body Down” by singer Novel. (It is actually fitting that the video references Malcolm X and Martin Luther King as it points to the part-political roots of the genre in the 1960s.) “Body Down” is a remix of an indie pop song by English singer Jack Peñate.  In Novel’s hands–aided by the video–it becomes a comment on violence  (police brutality, gun violence, assassinations, Islamophobia, militarism, etcetera). Troy Davis’ execution also makes it into the video. Sample lyric: “Before they lay your body down / you got to change the world before you six feet under the ground.”  Remix culture  sometimes has its benefits.

Via Eddie STATS Houghton

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Sean Jacobs

Also goes by Hasan Wazan. Life President.

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  1. I still like Penate's un-slick voice, and the roughness of his recordings. Novel is slicker, tailored. But…nice work with the imagery and video – it (and Malcolm X) does the labour that the lyrics do not. And then, there's Novel's beautiful, resonant voice.

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