Thursday, June 26, 2008

Whose World Is This?

How many people out there ask themselves such a question?

K-Salaam and Beatnick put the query above to a range of the world's most renowned Hip Hop, Reggae and Spoken Word artists, such as Dead Prez, Capleton, Raaka, Bobbito Garcia, Talib Kweli, Sizzla, Buju Banton, Trey Songz, Black Ice, Kardinal Offishal, The Outlawz, Anthony B, Luciano, Busy Signal, Saigon, Papoose, Young Buck, Suheir Hammad.

The resulting project, due for release on July 5th (in Australia), July 29th (World Wide), is nothing short of mindblowing. Salaam and Beatnick's forthcoming album transcends cultures, genres and the multitude of lifestyles and experiences of this planets inhabitants, The purpose of "Whose World Is This" according to Salaam himself is "to inspire change for the global community. It's message is one of revolution." The quality of the music, song-writing present speaks for itself. It's inspiring. It's uncompromising. It's insightful. Dare it be said, if enough people thought along the lines of the messages all the artists involved in this project, the World may just be a better place.

However by just posing the question, Salaam, Beatnick and all the artists who appear on "Whose World Is This", have started a well overdue debate on the state of our world and what each one of us is doing (if anything) to attempt to improve the mess it has just started to become.

Here's an eye-opening, insightful, heartfelt five part video documentary series, featuring interviews with a number of the artists who collaborated with Salaam and Beatnick on the "Whose World Is This?" concept album. (Thanks to Sam at Grindin Music for an advance copy of the release and the heads up on the behind the scenes documentary on Salaam and Beatnick's new album below.)

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