Just - Run The Jewels ft. Pherrell Williams & Zach de la Rocha
Updated: Sep 5, 2021
There is a reckoning not coming but happening and the corrupt and ultra-powerful are beginning to realize that they are no longer invincible or invisible. We see you. We know what you have been complicit in.
The continuation of a lie. A scam drilled into our heads since birth and taught to us in school, that we are all equal. That the world isn't still cruel, primitive and prejudice.
We have a lot to learn and a long way to go, but I for one believe we have it in us to unite and evolve as a people. Wash it all away. All the evil, apathy and ego.
I say we sell all of our possessions and share our houses with the homeless until our governments realize that a roof and a basic income are a right, not a privilege.
Enough of heartless leadership or this global lack of empathy that we've all become numb to.
"Just" provides a soundtrack to this revolution.
The track kneels on the neck of colonialism and bleeds dry the idea that money equals happiness.
A new way is needed and will come to be no matter how long and dangerous the road is. But it won't come free or easy, it will take a fight.
Run The Jewels has never shied away from a scrap or from speaking their mind against authority's seemingly endless power, it's one of the things I love about them.
A song as impactful as "Just" required the militant discipline and emotion of Zach de la Rocha, but adding Pharrell Williams to the mix was the perfect touch of light to the dark and violent fight that the song picks.
De la Rocha's voice lights a fire using a burning confederate flag as kindling and then pisses the flames out to force the fascists to choke on the putrid smoke.
Lyrics like "look at all these slave masters posing on your dollar" slap you in the face for your complicit ignorance.
We focus on our bank accounts instead of our happiness and mental health. We have become willful zombies craving TV and fast food instead of knowledge and truth.
Regardless of your political beliefs, there must be some part in you that recognizes we as a species don't have it figured out yet.
Our societies simply aren't functioning for everyone. We have work to do.