Saturday, 21 July 2012

Extend The Knowledge

Marc Mac- Extend The Knowledge/It's Right To Be Civil (Omniverse)

If you're interested in black politics, particularly the story of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Rosa Parks and the race protests of the 60's and also like hip hop then this double album from Marc Mac could be the perfect album for you. Not only does the 4Hero producers 53 track opus make for a good piece of soundtrack but it's also an incredible education in soundbites as history and music meet.

Digging up both popular and lesser publicised vocal recordings and interviews, this "..was inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks, Detroit Red and the 1000's that made a difference". Clearly a subject close to his heart, the looped production and beats are Dilla-esque and the voxes are neatly placed alongside the music. Where Mac wants us to listen to the historical aspect, there is no music, just speech and that's as raw and powerful as any of the musical notes on offer.

All things considered, this is an excellent and meritable piece of work from the 4Hero man, and a great addition to any record collection.

"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness." - Martin Luther King, Jr. 

If You like this try: J Dilla- Donuts // The Avalanches- Since I Left You

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