Given the current political climate, the notoriously outspoken creatives have woven together an uncomfortable collection of images and lyrics— one after another, archived pictures of slavery followed by news coverage of Trump's campaign and presidency. Hardly a contrasting aesthetic or message, this juxtaposition is a national, nauseating reality, translated through the arcane tradition of protest songs with a rock-anthem spin. While the 4th of July is also a time to celebrate, be with friends and family, have your feet in the sand and eat meat, it is also important— in 2017, and indefinitely— to bring to light the possibility to dive deeper into a historical context.
In the words of Frederick Douglass, “Had I the ability, and could I reach the nation’s ear, I would today pour out a fiery stream of biting ridicule, blasting reproach, withering sarcasm, and stern rebuke. For it is not light that is needed, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake.”