In preparation for my new job, I was asked to write a Six Word Story about something that pertains to social and economic justice. Being that I can’t get enough of hip-hop, I tried to think of a song that satisfied the prompt. Many of my activists friends would probably suggests I choose a Blue Scholars or Dead Prez song, but there is something about Mos Def’s track that hits home in a powerful way.
While I am not entirely onboard with Mos Def’s name change, I can 100% cosign “A Tree Never Grown”. The melody of the track really captures the sadness of the song and accurately portrays how people felt around the time of Amadou Diallo’s murder. (Which coincidentally occurred 15 years ago this month)