by Jonathan Azaziah
In celebration of Hugo Chavez’s birthday, I am making my album “Son of Kufa Volume 1: Rise Of The Anomaly”, released on this day last year, available for free download. It’s undoubtedly my most complete work and alhamdulillah, I’ve raised a nice chunk of change off the album proceeds for wounded children in Syria, Yemen and Iraq, so it is indeed the perfect time. And while there are joints about every major struggle of our people on this record–including 9/11 truth, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon, Kashmir, the international Prison-Industrial-Complex, police brutality, Libya, the Jewish-Zionist occupation of Hip-Hop (which features my dear brother Khanverse) and even a love song and a street banger so y’all can get a little glimpse into what means the most to me as well as where and how I came up–the heart and soul of the record is the 5-part “Eternal Bolivarian” series, which is, essentially, a lyrical biography of El Comandante. Part I, “Comandante’s First Ascent”, is an introduction to Chavez and how much we love him. Part II, “Struggle For Venezuela”, takes us through Chavez’s history from his early days as a revolutionary coup plotter to the builder of the modern-day Bolivarian Revolution and its Republic. Part III, “Brothers Vs. Empire”, is an ode to Hugo’s solidarity with revolutionary states and oppressed peoples the world over. Part IV, “Pharisees On Blast”, is a tribute to El Comandante’s Anti-Zionism and heartfelt love for the Palestinian people. And Part V, the final chapter, “Comandante’s Second Ascent”, bids farewell to one of the greatest revolutionaries of all-time and salutes those carrying on his legacy. I am proud beyond proud of this album, among other reasons because my younger brother Jared Azaziah aka Dark Night did 18 of the 25 beats on it, and I know that if you zone out and take the time to absorb all the knowledge that waits herein, you will be blown away. I mean that with all sincerity and with all humbleness. So download, get your headphones on or turn your speakers way the hell up, and for El Comandante Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias, LET IT KNOCK!