The lyrical prowess of Pharoahe Monch and Styles P, along with the production gusto of Marco Polo have united on the new track “Same Sh!t, Different Toilet”. With the current injustices that have spurred on protests and civli unrest, this is a better time than for music on the topic.
Pharaohe jumps in with melodic, soulful vocals, tying the listener deep in to the emotional side of what himself and Styles are about to discuss. They skillfully speak on the parallels of similar racial injustices in the past and now. Things may have changed, but they truly are the same. Their descriptive words are brought to light, showing the frustration and despair that many in the back community face on a daily basis.
I’m really glad to see a lot of artist speaking up, not only on social media but in their music as well. Police brutality is unfortunately a timeless subject that can be heard across all time periods in Hip Hop. From the early days of Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five to Pubic Enemy to NWA all the way to new music like this. Hip Hop has always been a lens into the unsettling world of the black community, and remains to be.