Beat Street: A song that predicted the future

August 1, 2011

Thanks to the wonderful invention that is XM radio I was listening to Backspin and heard one must be one of the greatest songs of all time:  Beat Street.  Yes, the same Beat Street title track from the 1984 film.  The first versus from the song primarily deal with the movie’s lead character Ramon a New York graffiti artist.

But, my primary purpose of this post is to illustrate how history repeats itself and that Melle Mel is a modern-day prophet.  Did he predict the current economic crisis?  The Global War on Terror?  Famine?  Fracking?  Facebook?  Hmmm…just click on the links on the lyrics.

On unemployment…Note: This song was written when Black unemployment was about 18%...nearly the rate 28 years later

You search for justice and what do you find?
You find just us on the unemployment line
You find just us sweatin from dawn to dusk
There’s no justice, it’s, huh, just us

*snip*

A newspaper burns in the sand
And the headlines say ‘Man Destroys Man’
Extra extra, read all the bad news
On the war for peace that everybody would lose
The rise and fall, the last great empire
The sound of the whole world caught on fire
The ruthless struggle, the desperate gamble
The game that left the whole world in shambles
The cheats, the lies, the alibis
And the foolish attempts to conquer the sky
Lost in space, and what is it worth?
Huh, the President just forgot about Earth
Spendin’ multi-billions and maybe even trillions
The cost of weapons ran in the zillions
There’s gold in the street and there’s diamond under feet
And the children in Africa don’t even eat
Flies on their faces, they’re livin’ like mice
And their houses even make the ghetto look nice
Huh, the water tastes funny, it’s forever too sunny
And they work all month and don’t make no money
A fight for power, a nuclear shower
A people shout out in the darkest hour
Sights unseen and voices unheard
And finally the bomb gets the last word
Christians killed Muslims and Germans killed Jews
And everybody’s bodies are used and abused
Huh, minds are poisoned and souls are polluted
Superiority complex is deep rooted
Leeches and lices, and people got prices
Egomaniacs control the self-righteous
Nothin’ is sacred and nothin’ is pure
So the revelation of death is our cure

Hitler and Caesar, Custer and Reagan, Napoleon, Castro, Mussolini and Began, Genghis Khan and the Shah of Iran,

Men spilled the blood of the weaker man.
Peoples in terror, the leaders made a error
And now they can’t even look in the mirror

Cause we gotta suffer while things get rougher
And that’s the reason why we got to get tougher
So learn from the past and work for the future
And don’t be a slave to no computer
Cause the children of Man inherit the land
And the future of the world is in your hands
So just throw your hands in the air
And wave ‘em like you just don’t care
And if you believe that you’re the future
Scream it out and say oh yeah (Oh yeah)
Oh yeah (Oh yeah)
Rrrrhaa!
Beat Street Breakdown, rrrrhaa!


Maiysha is on the playlist

August 7, 2008
A vintage modeling photo of Maiysha

I’ve taken sometime to listen to beautiful new songstress Maiysha. Her debut album is titled This Much is True.  Her Myspace page is here.  I suppose she’s classified as a Progressive/neo-soul type of artist.  But, she actually seems to have a neo-soul/jazz/classic rock/R&B/BananaRepublic-esque sound.

Bottomline:  The woman can sing and has cross-cultural appeal.

Favorite trackOver My Head (a song about a woman who gets intimate a bit too fast and is confused).  The song has a nifty change-of-pace and Mayisha shows her ability to sing smoothed out lyrics and then rap in a melodious manner.  This gals got talent!

I also like You Don’t Know, Sledgehammer (A cover of Peter Gabriel’s ’80s hit), and Wanna be, heck, the whole album is perfect for listening to on a long drive, a house warming party, relaxing in a lounge, or folding laundry.

Maybe the best thing about Maiysha is that she is a disciplined, conservative, and principled woman who everyone can be proud of.  She is not a flash-in-the-pan, big break type (Insert airhead artist [here]).  Maiysha is educated and dedicated to her family and friends.  She is well respected in the New York social scene and we will never see her put on blast for foolishness in TMZ or bossip.com

But you can see her on this video interview.  (As of this blog posting on Aug. 7th it has 367 views…watch it)

A vintage modeling photo of Maiysha...lovely

A vintage modeling photo of Maiysha...lovely

Seems like she may have been a background singer in NYC for a while.  Read official reviews about Maiysha’s music here, here, here, and here.

Hey, Maiysha, if you’re reading this, I’d love for you to dedicate Orbit to me someday–I’m smitten.  Oh and I’ll fix up your wikipedia entry, it’s not currently wikified.  If you have a Facebook fan page I’ll join it.

Maiysha is also a Supermodel.  You can see her in Slim-Fast and Lane Bryant national advertising campaigns and commercials.  She has great hair.

DISCLAIMER: Maiysha’s mom is one of my mentors.  They are a wonderful mother/daughter team who should be profiled in Essence, People, Oprah, or even Time magazine someday.