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NYOIL featuring Chuck D - Soldier (Single)
Posted by Administrator at Tuesday, July 8th, 2008 at 12:00AM :: Email this article :: Print this article

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: NYOIL featuring Chuck D
Title: Soldier
Label: Masta Mix Records

NYOIL is 100% committed to his role in hip-hop: "Black Panther, I feel like I'm black people's last hope." Save for Dead Prez or Immortal Technique there's no one more politically active or revolutionary in rap music today, which makes it all the more appropriate when the Godfather of Raptivism himself Chuck D checks in with a few bars on "Soldier." Choppers soar overhead and gunfire sprays the opening beat, as NYOIL questions why young black men are "out here fightin and dying while somebody is over here lyin." Doesn't matter whether the war is in Iraq or New York to NYOIL, the result is unacceptable - another man of color is dead, a point Chuck hammers home nicely. The production keeps the song accessible even when the rhetorhic hits hard, rocking bass and guitars even as D says his R.I.P. to Sean Bell. HIGHLY recommended.

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