Malik Yusef: Last Night DJ Saved My Life
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
We are all led through life by a soundtrack -- whether it's music made in struggle, such as "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday, "What's Going On " by Marvin Gaye, or the use of songs to help navigate the Underground Railroad. We are our music. Yet, not often mentioned is how much of our "Musical Dividends " are ending up invested in the wrong places -- namely the prison system.
This great Deduction in Sound has been ongoing since the early '90s. Steady B, C-Murder, Ja-Rule, Remy Ma, lil Boosie, Tru-life, Queen Pen, Young Turk, and even Max B are just an example of a few. These situations lower the volume of our voices, and limit what my man D J 3rd eye likes to call our "Hood Reporters" ability to keep us informed. I've learned first hand, (and continue to witness ) that prison isn't the final period on anyone's life unless you allow it to be. I recently asked DJ 3rd eye (aka Darrell Jones) if I could move beyond the piecemeal versions of who he is. Normally, he says "just
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