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By / 08.16.14

Philosopher George Santayana once stated, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Maybe it was that thought and spirit that fired up TDE prez Punch, causing him to drop a series of inspired tweets before releasing two rather timely tracks – “1965” and “Prelude” – seemingly in response to the scenes the nation’s witnessing in Ferguson, MO.

“Ronald Reagan was Cali’s governor then
Ten years before Oliver North I ran contraband
Scared, that’s when the world first heard of Ross
Freeway Ricky got rid of weight quickly
Rewind back in the projects, niggas got busy”

“1965” sets the stage by blending together news audio from the Watts Riots of the same year with Kool & The Gang’s “Summer Madness” playing underneath. “Prelude” picks up from there as Punch takes to the mic to continue spreading knowledge. With his verses, Punch details how his grandmother leaves the South for promises of a better life in Cali, only to arrive right before the aforementioned riots and multiple events that affected the shape of the community forever.

“We in the late ’60s, early ’70s
Eventually J. Edgar tried to ruin the black legacy
Infiltrated the Panthers, pumped drugs in our vicinity
We got high, and lost all sensibility
Ronald Reagan was Cali’s governor then
Ten years before Oliver North I ran contraband
Scam, that’s when the world first heard of Ross
Freeway Ricky got rid of weight quickly
Rewind back in the projects, n*ggas got busy”

It’s impressive how the TDE president taps the past in order to remind everyone of the precariousness of the present as it relates to the future.

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