This summer we’ve had a number of music releases with content directly focusing on the complexities of the industry as well as social issues, such as racism and intra-community violence, faced by members of the hip hop community. As necessary civil disobedience arises resulting from black America’s malcontent with on-going genocidal injustices and the militarization of the police across the nation, Miles Garvey is the album to add to your revolutionary playlist.
Released August 20, 2014, Skipp Coon’s new digital album Miles Garvey couldn’t have better social/political timing or a better album cover as I’m left completely enamored by the image of father and son. In the weeks following the recent transgressions of Ferguson police and the unarmed shooting deaths of 4 other black men in the last month, the album is more than fitting for the atmosphere of hip hop and the greater black community alike. It is one man’s account of what it means to be black, male, a father, a believer and a man existing in America.
Old and new fans alike can download and enjoy the album for free via bandcamp, however, for more Skipp Coon and the sake of some of the best music to come out of Jafrica (Jackson), MS period, there’s also a name your price option where fans can donate whatever dollar amount they choose as ‘pay’ for the 9 track project.
My favorites on the album include the shortest and longest singles, “Binary Thinking”, just short of 2min long, and “Jafrican Sunset” wrapping up the project at exactly 13:01min. “Assata Taught Me,” “Athiest,” “Blacker,” “We Aim at Teeth” are all necessary listens for a progressive self-conditioning red, black and green experience.