Album Review

Malcolm X – “By Any Means Necessary” – [Douglas Recording Corpora]

abacus   10/24/2012   12-inch, A Library

Collection of excerpts from lectures by civil rights activist, Muslim leader and outspoken revolutionary Malcolm X. Born 1925, his uncles were killed by white violence (one lynched) and father was allegedly killed by the Black Legion (white supremacist group). He found Islam and his own political voice while in prison and was killed in 1965 by multiple gunshot wounds from members of the Nation of Islam after he split with the group (with possible assistance from COINTELPRO). This album is split with one side presenting the problem: physical exploitation of Black Americans for centuries along with cultural degradation and misrepresentation. Controversial subjects are explored around the history of African-American identity and the insufficiency of non-violent tactics. The flip side presents solutions, namely, violent revolution guerilla style. He is able to captivate his audiences through his humor as much as his passion and articulation. Play this and help assemble the masses to take down the man, cuz ain’t shit changed…

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