About a year ago (11-11-16 to be exact) today, KXNG Crooked released a manifesto in the form of Good Vs Evil. To rewind, Donald Trump had just been elected the 45th President in one of our most controversial presidential elections, divisiveness infiltrated every aspect of the populous, governmental agencies was willingly pumping poison into its communities, protests were raging in the streets, unprovoked police brutality was rampant (with zero accountability) and the societal divide widened with each fleeting day.
With a seemingly basic disregard for human rights, it was understood that we were living in a complicated and serious time. People were in search of solutions and a unifying message; KXNG Crooked’s Good Vs Evil could not have appeared at a more needed time as he delivered a project that stared into the face of oppression and struck a nerve.
Though it seems counterintuitive and unimaginative, the year that has passed in-between has led us even further astray. The Donald Trump era has stood witness to fake news, championing racism, bigotry, separatism, sexism and a general contempt for the rule of law. Further, he persists in his quest to eradicate the health care of millions, advocated a foreign government meddling in an election, diminished our standing in the International community and displayed more concern about the behavior of NFL football players; then he has for the well-being of the citizens he is sworn to uphold.
Thankfully, KXNG Crooked’s Good Vs Evil 2: The Red Empire picks up right where its predecessor left off. On the surface, Good Vs Evil 2 is the epitome of waking; a politically and socially conscious decree that demands to be picked up and processed. At its essence, it’s designed to be the theme music that Colin Kaepernick and a generation can proudly kneel.
While Trump is busy adding to his portfolio by peddling pumpkin MAGA (Make America Great Again) hats, Crooked’s “The MAGA Continues” examines the other side of the catchphrase that 45 used as his campaign slogan; one that has further empowered law enforcement that “used to kill us in the dark, now they just do it in the light.”
Just like any good leader, Crooked isn’t afraid to rock the boat if a culture change is in order, especially those who deliver the platform to effect change, but lack the fortitude to do so; and he is more than willing to sacrifice Jason Whitlock for Gregg Popovich.
“Donald Trump coined the now famous acronym MAGA. I personally believe the phrase ‘Make America Great Again’ is a dog whistle for racism and turning the clocks of progression backward” Crooked commented to Mass Appeal. “The way the country is currently divided it seems to be working. I’m really just letting off steam on the joint, but some important points are definitely being touched on. One point I covered in the song is being widely overlooked; maybe because it’s a fairly new form of division in Hip Hop. I’ve done many shows with white rappers and seen some of their fans in the crowd wearing confederate flag and swastika symbols on their clothing. Shit blew my mind. Nobody talks about this element in Hip Hop that is growing and will cause division on another level. I chose to speak on it because Hip Hop is a tool for unification and we need to keep it that way. How long will we allow the MAGA to continue?”
No Justice, No Peace!
KXNG Crooked Good Vs Evil 2: The Red Empire 12-8-2017!