Logic: America

Written by Joshua Blue

Tenor

June 15, 2020

In response to current protests against police brutality, NYFOS is re-posting Songs of the Day from tenor Joshua Blue, who has been bringing our attention to the Black Lives Matter movement on Song of the Day since 2017. He is currently requesting donations to support the Equal Justice Initiative.

“America” is from the 2017 album “Everybody” by rap artist Logic. This track explores what it means to be an American citizen in today’s society, and makes references to the Trump administration, Kanye West, the Flint water crisis, and white supremacy, among other things. What makes this piece particularly evocative, is the call to “send the Whites back to Europe, give the land to the Native Americans”. It is one of the few instances in mainstream music that we see an artist or group of artists using their platform to advocate for indigenous people. It is a powerful moment not only in the track, but the album in its entirety.

“Ima tell you what we ALL need/I need my people of color/don’t run from Trump, run against him!”

“America” by Logic feat: Black Thought, Chuck D, Big Lenbo & No I.D

Originally posted October 1, 2018

Joshua Blue

British-American tenor and Toulmin Foundation Scholar Joshua Blue is a Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist with the Washington National Opera. Mr. Blue has performed in several standout NYFOS programs, including Protest, W. C. Handy and the Birth of the Blues, and Tain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do.

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