Hatred is not a choice, it is simply a form of programming the way that the language that you speak is. You are not born knowing anything in this life, but you are born seeing, hearing, feeling, touching, tasting and then absorbing every inch of what is brought into your space as you grow. What else is a human being if it is not constantly learning, and how else could it function for not what we design it to function as, right?
Walkin’ down the street, smoggy-eyed
Looking at the sky, starry-eyed”
I remember being very little when my mother taught me that people in this city hate one another for the color of their skin, and being so confused by that notion. Up until that point, my mom never said anything like that to me before. She always made sure I played with everyone, and until then I had never really known that people saw skin color as something that could make us so different. Had you shown me a giraffe or a rhino or a jellyfish, I could tell that they were different, but the kids that I played with from very little, well they all had ears like me, eyes, noses, hair, and they were all around my height, so everyone, to me, was the same… She told me this because I was about to embark on a journey into another failed system that never teaches us what we should be learning in order to thrive in America, but rather what we should know to barely survive instead; enter, the public school system. It was there that I understood what she was trying to show me, and it was then that I came to learn what a ghetto was.
War‘s “The World Is A Ghetto”, was playing last night at the underground pub on Broadway that I walked into for a beer. I had just been out with friends and just been basking in my glory about how things with work are going, so I wasn’t really in the mood to stop celebrating. Knowing that I could walk in there and grab a beer and just relax was all the driver for the night that I needed to walk inside. I ordered a beer and as I sat there ready to engage with the hot little number that was sitting next to me, I heard the most amazing sounds coming out of the worst speakers:
When I think of the world as a whole, with no language barriers and stupid color-prejudices, I think of one giant ghetto because it is. The filthy rich became that way by methods and ideas that are illegal in themselves. Think of all the big banks in this country, the steel and oil bandits in others. Think of the bootleggers from our very own history whose great great grandkids are trustafarians. Now think of everyone else, and what do you see? The same thing I saw growing up. The rich drug dealers and mafia gangsters living lavishly in their palaces, and then there is everyone else. The electrician, the bodega owner, the mail lady, the nurse, the students, the disabled, the elderly, the weak, the mentally challenged, and the soldiers, all struggling in the same hamster wheel of their own ghettos which we simply call life.
The World Is A Ghetto is a sonic masterpiece. In order for any song to sound good on every set of speakers and headphones, including the shittiest kinds, the song needs to contain the kind of dynamic mixes and sounds found on this tune. Mixes that are perfected by absolutely very detailed recording methods in which instruments have several mics to capture every natural sound, vocals have backup singers, and new methods like Quadrophonic mixing are incorporated; new to 1970, and 2 years before this was recorded. Mixes that are able to capture the sounds in an entire room are the kind of mixes that just don’t die.
While some of the other guys focus on the latest and very newest songs out there, we continue to focus on quality, so we write in order to tell you why we feel what we do as we reflect on who we are continuing to become.
There’s no need to search anywhere
Happiness is here, have your share
If you know you’re loved, be secure
Paradise is love to be sure”