The hip hop they tried to censor: New 2012 Album from Sherman Austin , former political prisoner

  • Posted on: 1 November 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>From <a href=>Sherman Austin Music</a>

It's the hip hop they tried to censor.

Sherman is releasing his second long-awaited solo album this month in 2012.

Sherman's first album "SILENCE IS DEFEAT" was released in 2007. Since then he has performed locally and over seas and been involved in a variety of projects. He performs live with a bass guitar adding a new dynamic to live hip hop especially from a solo-artist perspective.

While the radio is flooded with mostly bubblegum repetition from the same handful of artists over and over , Sherman's new album offers a fresh sound of what hip hop still has to offer. A raw, uncompromising, street-dynamic, hard hitting and heavy bass grooving sound with lyrics that bring a resurgence of revolutionary thought.</td><td><img title="all the kids love hard hitting street music... in 1988" width=200 src=""></td></tr></table>
Sherman along with many other artists argue that what you hear on the (mainstream) radio most the time isn't there just because those artists have talent. Most do not make it big through talent. Most make it big by either having money to finance their projects and market themselves or they made it big because they already have connections in the industry. Yes , you can "make it big" with amazing talent - but the majority of big artists don't. So when you look at that equation you begin to realize just how skewed hip hop has become to the majority of listeners.
After 7 years the long awaited release for the second album has finally arrived.
Everything you hear on Sherman's album is originally composed. There are no sample loops. No MPC's. Beats are produced with keyboards, bass guitar, electric and acoustic guitars, basic beat sequencers, live drums and other percussion.
Give it a listen .. and turn up the BASS!


sherman austin- freedom
"I don't give a damn what it's gunna take
just to get a taste
of that power coming back to the people
feel the wrath
like a Shining Path
in the hood"

Shining Path

"The Communist Party of Peru (Spanish: Partido Comunista del Perú), more commonly known as the Shining Path (Sendero Luminoso), is a Maoist organization in Peru. When it first launched the internal conflict in Peru in 1980, its stated goal was to replace what it saw as bourgeois democracy with "New Democracy". The Shining Path believed that by imposing a dictatorship of the proletariat, inducing cultural revolution, and eventually sparking world revolution, they could arrive at pure communism.[citation needed] Their representatives said that existing socialist countries were revisionist, and claimed to be the vanguard of the world communist movement."

There were several factions of the Shining Path , some which broke off and began their own campaigns exclusive from the initial program and principle of the original Shining Path.. Nonetheless I don't think the lyrics in the song "Freedom" means he necessarily endorses Shining Path but instead he is drawing the correlation between what conditions ultimately brought about movements such as The Shining Path in Peru and the socio-economic poverty conditions that exist in communities (particularly those of color) in the United States which are the result of capitalism. He also mentions the Maoist struggles in Nepal when they were still fighting in the country-side where a large portion of that movement was led by oppressed women. I think everybody is clearly aware that he is not a Maoist or a communist by listening to the majority of his lyrics, but he is drawing the correlation between all oppressed people of the world. Regardless of politics they all have one thing in common , the same oppressor.

Listen to the piano line in "Still Underground."

Is this one your one sheet too breh breh?

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