Song: Winter of the long hot summer
Band: The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy.
The early 90s team-up of Michael Franti and Rono Tse was short-lived but the creative duo made the most of it. From the incendiary 1992 debut album Hypocrisy Is The Greatest Luxury, a disc packed with great material, comes perhaps its finest track. Over eight eerie minutes of intensive immersion, this track stands as a scathing indictment of war and the political machinations which inevitably predate them. Methodically, verse by verse, this pensive, slow-burn of a rap testament condemns the lead-up, coverage (and by implication, media collusion) and invasion frenzy of the first gulf war. There is a grimly eloquent poetry to frontman Michael Franti’s implacable call to account. The spareness of the arrangements, the clanking, reverberating, grime-encrusted beats - all of it sets the tone for Franti’s resonant, measured delivery. The occasional blue appearance of a sombre, mournful ghost trumpet signals the madness and loss of all wars ever fought and yet to come.
Posted by Max MacDonald