"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

Sean Jacobs

Sean Jacobs is on the international affairs faculty of The New School. He is the Founder and Editor of Africa is a Country.

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