Written by J.Monkey. Posted in Gumbo, Music

Published on November 18, 2011 with 1 Comment

The worldwide economic meltdown is caused by irresponsible multinational corporations who felt that end justified the means when the end was profits. Ethics be damned, the free market was supposed to be the answer to everything. This is not a statement of opinion but one of fact, read a newspaper or watch/listen a news broadcast from anytime in the past three years and you’ll find plenty of evidence. “Trickle down economics” have proven to be a farce and believing that completely deregulated market economics will usher in nothing but prosperity is the equally misguided mirror image of believing that an economy run “for the common good” by an undemocratic government will. The bail-out itself has proven that the capitalist system itself is as broken as its cold-war counterpart.

So we saved the banks who were the root cause of the problem in the first place, and what do we get in return? Nothing. The resurgence of the same idiocy without any self-reflection from our corrupted oligarchs. You may not believe in the methods of the #OWS movement but it’s impossible to reasonably deny they have a legitimate reason for their protests. Now the 1% starts to sick the police on the protesters as if they’re their personal goon squad, who exactly are they protecting and serving there?

Time to let your voice be heard, like Jasiri X, The Next Ft. Talib Kweli & Immorrtal Technique, Dres (of Black Sheep) & Jarobi (of A Tribe Called Quest), Aaron Livingston and Estelle did (on some dope beats to boot). TRU has compiled these #OWS-inspired tracks into an EP prefaced by a message from Q-Tip, so go ahead and bop your head to the soundtrack of the revolution.


1. Occupy The World (Intro) – Q-Tip
2. Occupy (We The 99) – Jasiri X
3. This American Life – The Next Ft. Talib Kweli & Immorrtal Technique
4. PTI (OCCUPY WALL STREET) – Dres (of Black Sheep) & Jarobi (of A Tribe Called Quest)
5. Alright Then – Aaron Livingston
6. Revolution – Estelle

Artwork by jMonkey, photo by Emin Kuliyev/Shutterstock



1982 was when Jaap van der Doelen aka J.Monkey shot his way out his mom dukes. A mere two years later he was already battling Big Brother and The Illuminati. Whenever he has time to spare from those efforts he writes (about music, mostly), hosts a radio show and designs graphics for a living. He lives in The Netherlands where he continues to be winning.

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