MontyXXL - Who's Watchin'
“I demand more respect than to stand the pledge of allegiance
Oh I think I see the problem
A Black Man White City White dudes just chillin’ starring at fate”
WHERE’S THE MEANING?
Steeped in social commentary, personal exploration and quick witted word play, “Who’s Watchin’” uses powerfully crafted lyrical stanzas to present a host of today’s most pressing issues. Backed by a powerful beat and flow, Monty creates a powerful persona that he “demands respect”, a sentiment often felt by those who have been systematically disenfranchised and discriminated against in this country. Perhaps most poignant is his reference to the Colin Kaepernick drama that has been brewing in the NFL in the recent months. For those unfamiliar with Kaepernick’s ongoing social justice movement, it is best synopsized with Kaepernick’s own words: “I'm going to continue to stand with the people that are being oppressed. To me, this is something that has to change. When there's significant change and I feel that flag represents what it's supposed to represent, and this country is representing people the way that it's supposed to, I'll stand." Monty’s solidarity with the athlete on this issue is incredibly relevant.
He continues his commentary by going straight to the heart of the issue - racism. His heartfelt and topical commentary ties well into the current national dialogue on racism and its legacy in the U.S. From the bombardment of videos on our Facebook timelines to the images of students in blackface making the rounds on the news, these are difficult images to grapple with. As our nation continues to come to terms with our legacy of slavery and how that has impacted our social and economic system.
“Who’s Watchin’” closes with a poignant reflection on systemic silencing of minority groups in modern day U.S. society. Monty strikes back at the passivity and lifelessness he has found in our national dialogue that when coupled with the “shhh” sound effect, seems to suggest that white people who choose to be quiet and inactive, when it comes to speaking up and fighting for human rights, are also part of the problem. In just a few lines, Monty manages to simultaneously acknowledge the prevalent social commentaries happening today, state his thoughts on the root of the problems he has observed and lived, and demonstrate to his listeners that these basic human liberties are worth fighting for. After this stern call to action to bring about vast ideological change, he promptly keeps going.
All without missing a beat.
Monty, drawing inspiration from Kaepernick’s social movement, is supportive of speaking out against social and civil inequities. His call to action for social upheaval is especially relevant given the current political climate in the United States. Is our current national dialogue adequately reflecting and supporting solutions to lingering dissatisfactions over civil rights and cultural identity?
Is it important to speak out on any inequalities on a theoretical post-racialized America?
For more on this subject see... https://www.sbnation.com/2016/9/11/12869726/colin-kaepernick-national-anthem-protest-seahawks-brandon-marshall-nfl
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Hailing from Brooklyn, and currently residing in Los Angeles, Monty XXL is a HipHop and spoken word artist who prides himself on preaching a message through his work. His brand of hip-hop harkens back to the golden age of the early 90’s where the beats were funky and the lyrics mattered. While his vocals have a raspy timbre to them, his low tenor allows his lyrics to shine through and impact the listener while effortlessly floating on top of the beat, unperturbed by the weight of his words. This selection is one of his original songs entitled Who’s Watchin’ and from beginning to end he fills the bar lines with thought provoking content.
Check out Monty's other stuff! Hes got a ton of music on his Youtube channel as well as his Soundcloud and his Instagram.