Funk & Politics
Today, the interminable 2012 presidential election campaign ends. And tomorrow, the midterm election season begins! Yes, my friends, no matter who's in the White House, the sh*tstorm never changes. The poor get poorer and the rich get richer and all that jazz. So it's as good a time as any to take a funky little adventure, vent about the state of the world and inspire ourselves to take a few steps toward a better future.
For motivation music, we've got The Coup (who just returned with a new album of agit-raps called Sorry to Bother You), Parliament-Funkadelic, Antibalas, Public Enemy, The Isley Brothers and more. True, we're mostly thinking of a "Chocolate City" over here. But don't worry, Paul Ryan lovers and other conservative friends, because there's a little Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers in the cut. (Black Republicans shouldn't feel left out either, 'cause we included some James Brown for you, too.) In short, this mix has something for every race, gender and political persuasion. Just remember: As Curtis Mayfield once said, "Don't worry/ If there's a hell below/ We're all gonna go."