Harlem-based rapper, Mari, released the official music video to "All-Amerikkka", just in time for Election Day. Originally released on July 4th, 2016, the song was intended to drive conversation to important issues that too often fall upon deaf ears. The drop of the music video on the week of Election Day affirms the longevity of Mari's socially aware song, and the relevance it's maintained over the course of several months. The timely release is designed to push back against the presidential debates and election coverage that ignored the internal racial tensions present in the United States today.
Mari is known for his lyricism, and it shines through in "All-Amerikka". Within a week of its debut, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were shot and killed by police in Baton Rouge, LA and St. Paul, MN respectively. Mari's prescience comes through in his almost prophetic first verse:
The type of shit we do to numb our feelings
Cause we know that you train cops to kill us
And that King's dream ain't the same Pac was living
It ain't got fulfillment
Mari's powerful foresight speaks again in his second verse, as he addresses the potential for a violent response to police brutality, three days before the murders at the hand of a lone wolf sniper in Dallas Texas:
Coretta Scott met
When the pickets stopped
Pick your poison
Patience for better times
Or a icy watch
"All-Amerikkka" is intended to expose the condition of a racist and classist system, and challenging absolutist morality by offering drug use, protest, and monetarily-fueled violence as a means to escape a systemic oppression. Artfully, Mari manages to both echo and criticize the current discussions on race and class in the United States, with his hard-hitting lyrics, and his explicit message.
To learn more about Mari you can like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter. You can also listen to his 2015 EP Living Colored where he weaves his various experiences Chicago, attending college in New England, and working a finance job in Buffalo, NY.
Check out the video to "All-Amerikkka" below: