From ‘Cole: A Response to Week Seventeen

“We’re no longer black/ we’re gold from here on out”
-Raz Simone

Raz Simone

The natural resources are, of course, the oppressed peoples, the black folk, those who (as Kanye astutely points out) were shipped over from Africa and now have slave owners’ names. They are the naturally resourceful resources, those who were used like things and moved like cattle but became like gods.

I have to say about Raz: I think he’d be really comfortable in the spoken word scene, because he raps like a spoken word artist. Lack of end rhyme sometimes, and the way he flows, it really just feels like he’s talking to you. Which is cool. Also, his subject matter is up there with the spoken word crowd, activistic.


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