Killer Mike’s “Pl3DGE” project is off and running and it’s AWESOME(dot)com! Two of my personal favorites, God in the Building II and Follow are on HEAVY (and I do mean “heavy”) rotation in my ride and the words inspire me daily.
One song in particular, Mike’s protest anthem “Burn” has been catching a bit of flack recently after BET decided to ban the video for the song from it’s network.
Burn is a banging rebellious track, that speaks to the frustrations and disappointments of being young and out of work in America. It’s not a song that incites violence, but provokes thought and addresses what many in this economy are feeling right about now.
The video for the song includes clips of friends and family protesting Oscar Grant’s death, as well as cameo appearances by several artists including Sean “Diddy” Combs.
Mike explained to Bossip, his intent to provide a video that adequately relayed his message, stating:
I wrote this song and presented this visual to validate the anger of the working and middle class in my country today.
It is my sincere hope that Americans, no matter their race, creed or color, will see this video as I intended: as a scream of truth to powerful institutions, corporate and government, that we are suffering and deserve better.
(I could hear Mike’s voice in my head as I read that… )
In case you missed it, watch Mike’s “BURN” video below:
Just FYI… BET’s premium sister station MTV Jams has had “Burn” in rotation for over a week now so it’s interesting the BET (BLACK Entertainment Television) has chosen not to air a video that is no more disturbing than watching a video where Nelly swipes a credit card down a skrippers “A”zz…. but I digress.
What are your thoughts on Killer Mike’s protest anthem “BURN”?
Is the video as salacious as BET makes it out to be?