“Bomaye” by Thelonious Martin | Increasing Black Lives Matter Awareness

Through recent media coverage, #BlackLivesMatter seems to be the forefront in social issues. More specifically it is known in mainstream media when news coverage seems to neglect black on black crime, police brutality, and classify them as “race issues”. The news coverage never actually conclude why these instances are constantly occurring, why it will occur again, and how people of color are being classified as savages.

Story | Matthew Gonzalez

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The new collaboration of Thelonious Martin and Joey Purp brings up issues of gun violence in “Bomaye”, which decodes the message of African-Americans being viewed as savages in news coverage.

Joey Purp acknowledges that minority communities are often neglected during times of recession, and have multiple reasons why crime is more highly influenced within the community. He implies crime is forever occurring unless the news covers the core of the problem — the subjection to criminalization or “lay dead in the streets”.

“These niggas making you choose between dying today and then laying dead in the street/And not seeing your kids again and then watching your mama weep/But just buckin’ back at that nigga when shit get hot in the streets/Man the most responsible answer seems evident here to me”

This ‘criminalization’ is translated into the everyday hustle of selling drugs. However, this hustle expresses the struggles of the recession, and society’s corrupt financial system.

“The sold us crack and made it sell it for them/We sold it back and now they jealous for it”

He describes how capitalism is corrupting, and that slavery is now transformed as indirect laws are against minorities though clever wordplay.

“Look at your chain it’s a chain reaction/Cover a slave in platinum, that shiny plate’s will distract him/He’ll sell his soul and his masters, market him to the masses/We never could understand how real savages did their damage”

Joey deconstructs the ethnocentrism of society, concluding nothing is bound to change unless we change how we decode why instances of gang violence, street hustling and the stereotyping of innocent individuals are only occurring within minority communities.

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