Jamo Gang is the trio of LA legend Ras Kass, NYC vet El Gant, and emcee/producer J57, and today they’re sharing the politically charged new video for “Francis Scott Key.”
The track stems from their well received recently released full length LP, Walking With Lions, which shares its name with the American lawyer best known for writing the US national anthem—“The Star-Spangled Banner”—who composed the lyrics while watching as British forces bombarded Fort McHenry in 1814 (as part of the War Of 1812).
And with “Francis Scott Key,” Jamo Gang pulls from the fact that America’s anthem was forged from violence and oppression—and they put it on blast with major lyrical middle fingers. The track is an anthem in its own right, but more about protesting for what’s right and just, and Brian Sachsen embodies that spirit.
In addition to fired-up visuals of Ras, Gant, and J57 with the American flag as the backdrop, the video centers on America’s past and present issues with inequality and oppression. It’s a powerful reminder of where this nation came from, and what needs to be addressed if anything’s going to change.
Check out the visuals right here courtesy of RESPECT. and head over to your preferred digital retailer or streaming platform to support Walking With Lions, which is available now via Fat Beats Records. The 12 track LP, which includes guest appearances from DJ Premier, Slug (of Atmosphere), Sick Jacken, Slaine and more is also available on CD and Vinyl, and can be streamed below.
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