It’s not often that hip-hop manages to enter a realm as self-serious and political as conspiracies and come out as enjoyable on the other end. Either the artists render the music humorless (e.g. Immortal Technique) or they get lost in their convoluted theories (e.g. Ab-Soul). While we have love for both of those MCs, neither walked the conspiracy tightrope quite as well as AJ Suede, Teck, and Joey Shinobi did on “After Earth,” a track that boasts a phenomenally catchy hook and a few great lines to keep in your back pocket. One of our favorites: “When the government decides to hit the kill switch / play my song so you can end out on some real shit.” The playful but still somber beat, produced by Suede himself, nicely compliments that little flair of ’90s-style, eye-opener chest-thumping. Also: props to Teck for rapping about global warming, being interesting and avoiding corniness at the same damn time. Enjoy “After Earth” below.
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