Sunday Music: Never Forget In The Story Of Jesus The Hero Was Killed By The State (New Run The Jewels)

Run The Jewels released a powerful and timely new album this week. See Killer Mike’s verse from “Walking in the Snow” below:

The way I see it, you’re probably freest from the ages one to four
Around the age of five you’re shipped away for your body to be stored
They promise education, but really they give you tests and scores
And they predictin’ prison population by who scoring the lowest
And usually the lowest scores the poorest and they look like me
And every day on evening news they feed you fear for free
And you so numb you watch the cops choke out a man like me
And ’til my voice goes from a shriek to whisper, “I can’t breathe”
And you sit there in the house on couch and watch it on TV
The most you give’s a Twitter rant and call it a tragedy
But truly the travesty, you’ve been robbed of your empathy
Replaced it with apathy, I wish I could magically
Fast forward the future so then you can face it
And see how fucked up it’ll be
I promise I’m honest, they coming for you
The day after they comin’ for me
I’m readin’ Chomsky, I read Bukowski
I’m layin’ low for a week
I said somethin’ on behalf of my people
And I popped up in Wikileaks
Thank God that I’m covered, the devil can smother
And you know the evil don’t sleep
Dick Gregory told me a couple of secrets before he laid down in his grave
All of us serve the same masters, all of us nothin’ but slaves
Never forget in the story of Jesus, the hero was killed by the state

RTJ4 is easily their most accessible and also most provocative work. Here’s the song, the whole album is well worth your time.

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