EMPT Classics: Dan Le Sac – Thou Shalt Always Kill

I remember the first time I heard this track was at an Upright Citizens Brigade Harold Show in NYC with someone I shared quite a connection with.  We both looked at each other at about the same time and said “have you heard this?”, “No”, “it’s dope though, definitely for EMPT readers.”  I must have had this track on repeat for months and always reminds me of the good times. Thinking about where I heard this and the perspectives that come from this track and UCB make me smile as we speak, the message is so clear and the fact that I still agree with all of it makes me content that I haven’t compromised who I am or my beliefs.  It’s sad when people you once thought you knew and shared such special commonalities with seem to disappear, but whose to blame?  NO ONE! Because as Dan Le Sac so boldly states….

Thou Shalt Think For Yourselves!”  Re-enjoy!

Original post April 5th, 2010


Not since 50 Cent’s underground hit How To Rob have I heard someone slay so many exalted kings as Dan Le Sac and Scroobius Pip manage to do here. In the satirical song 50 took on every established rapper at the time and came up with crafty ways to steal their accomplishments. Of course, no one but 50 Cent found the joke funny but it served to shed light on everyones tired ways and gave the industry and it’s players a much needed boost.

I have an obsession with rebels, competition, change, free markets, truth tellers etc for one main reason, they all encourage improvement, bring light to lames and aid the creation of fresh out the box new sh%t. You don’t get much of that these days because everyone wants the quick buck and it’s all about giving people what they want instead of creating something new to desire. The focus in recent years has been on the end result instead of the path, in order words the prize not the process…

I’m out here to bomb, period. That’s what I started for. I didn’t start writing to go to Paris, I didn’t start writing to do canvases. I started writing to bomb… DESTROY ALL LINES.”

Where do I even start with this song? Everything about it is ingenious. It’s direct, honest and opinionated. I like perspective and Thou Shalt Always Kill is full of it.

Thou shalt not stop liking a band just because they’ve become popular…

Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.

The Beatles… Were just a band.
Led Zepplin… Just a band.
The Beach Boys… Just a band.
The Sex Pistols… Just a band.
The Clash… Just a band.”

Quite simply this song is about appreciating but not conforming, enjoy.

Thou shalt think for yourselves!”

Dan Le Sac – Thou Shalt Always Kill