TALIB KWELI (REFLECTION ETERNAL) – “BALLAD OF THE BLACK GOLD” x NIGERIA’S 50 YEARS

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Reflection Eternal release the video for the militant track “Ballad of The Black Gold” directed by Sam Ellison. The track is off their new album Revolutions Per Minute which is in stores. Talib dedicates all 16 bars of his second verse to the Nigeria’s Niger-Delta struggle. Making references to Nigeria’s independence from British rule, political power struggles, activists Ken Saro-Wiwa and Fela, the Ogoni people and the Niger-Delta militancy. He gives a very accurate, if concise document of Nigeria’s state of affairs over the last 50 years which is nothing short of a fiasco. And as if he were, he ends the third verse in the same way the typical Nigerian would express his/her sentiments after hearing of their nation’s woeful predicament: The devil is still a liar.

Nigeria is celebrating 50 years of independence/
They still feel the colonial effects of Great Britain’s presence/
Dictators quick to imitate the West/
Got in bed with oil companies and now the place is a mess/
Take a guess, which ones came and violated/
They oiled up the soil, the Ogoni people was almost annihilated/
But still they never stayed silent/
They was activists and poets using non-violent tactics/
That was catalyst for soldiers to break into they crib/
Take it from the kids and try to break’em like a twig/
And make examples of the leaders; executed Saro-Wiwa/
Threw Fela’s mom out the window right after they beat her/
In an effort to defeat hope. Now the people’s feet soaked in oil/
So the youth is doing drive-bys through speed boats/
They kidnap the workers, they blowing up the pipelines/
You see the fires glowing in the nighttime/

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