Things Gonna Get Greater

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Review Text Water Records -- the incomparable, mysterious reissue label -- has outdone themselves this time by reissuing the first two albums by the Watts Prophets, a spoken-word poetry group that grew out of the Watts Writers' Workshop. The Prophets -- Anthony "Amde" Hamilton, Richard Dedeaux, Otis O'Solomon and later Dee Dee McNeil -- were not as well-known nationally as their East Coast contemporaries the Last Poets, but they have influenced and have been sampled by countless hip-hop artists. The two recordings featured here, 1969's Black Voices: On the Streets in Watts and 1971's Rappin' Black in a White World, are seminal documents of the Black Power struggle that was wiped out by the FBI's Cointelpro operation, incarceration, death, poverty and other persecutions from the power culture. The albums are presented here in reverse order --as Water is wont to do -- and, aesthetically, it makes sense. Rappin' Black in a White World features McNeil's bluesed-out piano, her deeply influential proto-feminist poem "There's a Difference Between a Black Man and a Nigger," and the wonderfully haunting yet poignant "Sell Your Soul." Her voice and piano textures the suit on the first side of the disc. Dedeaux's "Amerikkka" is the highlight of the set with its righteous anger and deep rhythmic heartbeat. On Black Voices: On the Streets in Watts it is Hamilton's voice that startles, exhorts and occasionally frightens the listener. It's immediate, direct from the street and in your face. The album is rawer, less connected track for track, more slice of life, from the gut. Ragged, wailing saxophones and hand drums color the poetic proceedings that insist on revolution and a holistic approach to living while being suffocated and eaten alive in the white America. These records are not for everybody, but then, they never were. They are for those who can handle the truth that is still the truth. The game and its rules haven't changed; only the adornments and surfaces have changed. This is rap, hard, immediate and angry; it's a heart full of soul and a belly full of hard beauty that rings like a cry from the wilderness. Welcome to the real hardcore.~ Thom Jurek

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Sell Your Soul - 0:20
  2. 2. Take It - 0:25
  3. 3. Instruction - 0:26
  4. 4. Amerikkka - 1:34
  5. 5. Dem Niggers Ain't Playing - 2:52
  6. 6. Pain - 2:51
  7. 7. What Is a Man - 2:22
  8. 8. Pimp - 3:14
  9. 9. Tenements - 2:56
  10. 10. Master - 2:05
  11. 11. Hello Niggers - 0:27
  12. 12. There's a Difference Between a Black Man and a Nigger - 3:31
  13. 13. What It Is, Sisters - 2:05
  14. 14. Everybody Watches - 2:32
  15. 15. Watch Out Black Folks - 2:53
  16. 16. Prostitute - 2:07
  17. 17. Fucked - 1:56
  18. 18. Celebration - 2:40
  19. 19. What Color Is Black - 3:59
  20. 20. Black Is a White Word - 2:02
  21. 21. Listen - 0:13
  22. 22. Part-E, S - 2:48
  23. 23. Black Pussy - 4:15
  24. 24. Kill - 1:13
  25. 25. Funny How Things Can Change - 1:45
  26. 26. Falstaff - 2:36
  27. 27. Pimping, Leaning, and Feaning - 2:44
  28. 28. Keeping You Doing Things - 1:29
  29. 29. Meek Ain't Gonna - 0:05
  30. 30. Days, The Hours - 2:07
  31. 31. Taste - 2:07
  32. 32. We Must Love Black People - 0:22
  33. 33. I'll Stop Calling You Niggaz - 1:18
  34. 34. Saint America - 3:52
  35. 35. They Shot Him - 1:41
  36. 36. Nearer My God to Thee - 3:32
  37. 37. Clowns All Around - 2:34
  38. 38. Response to a Bourgeois Nigger - 5:48
  39. 39. Things Gonna Get Greater Later - 2:32
  40. 40. Trees and del Prodo's - 2:15
  41. 41. Pledge of Allegiance? - 1:18

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9/20/05 

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