Chucky Blk Reviews Society with Debut Album 'A Scathing Critique of Current Affairs'
"Look around, we're in hell."
If there’s one thing we can all agree on, it's that there is a lot that could be said about the hellish year that was 2020. Between the pandemic, political turmoil, and racial violence, so much happened that it's almost hard to keep track of.
Luckily, we have Chucky Blk’s latest album 'A Scathing Critique of Current Affairs' to summarize everything. In a grand total of 25 minutes, Chucky Blk takes us on a journey through one of the most difficult years of our lives with lyrics that speak where many of us cannot find the right words to say. This album remains transparent while showing just how quickly we can be defeated by racism, illness, and capitalism.
'A Scathing Critique of Current Affairs' takes a fresh look at the many problems taking place in America today using cultural facts. The album is raw, diving deep into issues of police brutality and systematic injustice. The album speaks for the history that is being made in real-time and will one day serve as a time capsule for the many tragedies that occurred this past year.
Featuring Eldon, the track "Empire Shakes” reexamines what it means to live the American dream. For many, the American dream was something we learned about in school that romanticized the freedom and lifestyle immigrants would gain by moving to the United States. In reality, this so-called dream is a discriminatory nightmare and impossible to obtain. Empire Shakes dives into this concept through a blend of rap, spoken word, and old school beats. The track is accompanied by an ominous music video that visually displays the dark side of the American dream through a puppet-show style reenactment of America’s history.
"So Damn Angry", featuring Sasha Banks, begins with the thought-provoking phrase “the fear of anger stalls social progress.” When it comes down to it, anger is one of the driving forces of change. It is what you do with this anger that can cause a revolution. On one hand, we are angry with the issues that are happening in this country. On the other hand, those in power are angry we are fighting against them. If we were to fear their anger, we could not stand up for our beliefs. This spoken word track is a very interesting talk by Banks over a smooth backing-track and will get listeners everywhere thinking.
Known for his authentic lyrics and genre-blending ability, Chucky Blk is an Austin-based, independent artist who is relatively new to the scene. His sound is very resetting in the sense that he creates music that calls out the issues that are happening in the world around him and demands for change. 'A Scathing Critique of Current Affairs' is a must-listen-to album for everyone who has survived this past year and would like to gain a new perspective.
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