SB 1070 on Blast by Hip Hop Artists Shining Soul

Click-clack/Where your papers at?/We under attack/Fight back/It's war

One of the best songs to put Senate Bill 1070 and the whole police state mentality that reigns in Arizona on blast is "Papers," by the Phoenix hip hop duo Shining Soul.

With the U.S. Supreme Court scheduled to rule on SB 1070 by the end of June, Shining Soul's lyrical depiction of a Sand Land on lockdown for the brown is especially relevant. And the video's footage of a landscape infested with Border Patrol vehicles and a desert patrolled by vigilantes illustrates the situation all those who are non-white find themselves in.

The song is also part of the album Bigger Than Hip Hop, which features politically-conscious songs such as "Party Over Here" by Treble Army, "Uncle Sam" by Bob Domestic, and "Land Ain't Yours" by Kite 93. 

If you like the video above, download the whole album. You won't be disappointed.

One-half of Shining Soul is Alex Soto, a border activist and member of the Tohono O'odham Nation, whose defiant acts of radical civil disobedience I've documented in the past. Like the time he and others locked their arms with PVC pipe and their necks with bicycle locks in an action at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.

Shining Soul performs regularly in the Phoenix area. The best way to catch their next gig is by checking out the act's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/ShiningSoulMusic.

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ARTISTICREASONAZ
ARTISTICREASONAZ

Artistic Reason AZ put together the album "ITS BIGGER THAN HIP HOP" as a response to the constant attack the migrant and indigenous communities are under in AZ. From the historical context of the colonization to the modern day legislative bills such as SB1070 and HB2281 which bans ethnic studies. This album includes all AZ emcess from all different ethnic backgrounds. No other Hip Hop album has been done like this. None that each and every track address our issues on AZ. For it is in unity that we will win this battle. Thanks for the mention Stephen! If anyone is interested in more information about any of the artists, the album or the events we do, they can email us at artisticreasonaz@gmail:disqus .com, find us on facebook at www.facebook.com/ArtisticReaso...

Danielle
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Artistic Reason AZ
Producer of BIGGER THAN HIP HOP

King Jafee
King Jafee

Wow Alex got a lot better at rapping.

Forward progress is the best.

Dope track.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

I'd like to see this group actually propose a constitutional amendment to the United States to remove all borders from our national boundaries.  That would be quite interesting.  Overfishing, depletion of our natural resources from foreign countries coming in to exploit them, of course a huge loss of income level to our middle class because of the influx of cheap labor from the North!  I suspect this country would be pretty much decimated after about 10 years of that.  I'm wondering if the No Borders this video references has a plan on how to deal with other countries that retain their borders - are we supposed to go there (eg., Mexico, Canada, Guatamela etc.) and try to get them to drop their borders too?  I'd do that - definately!  I've always wanted to build a gold mine in the Copper Canyon!!! or build a theme park on an ancient AZTEC RUIN!  I'd call the roller coaster Montezuma's Revenge!

kite93
kite93

i'm more concerned with the foreigners who DID come here and rape this country, and who continue to pretend it is THEIR country, than those who might do so in your little hypothetical scenario.

kite93
kite93

what could you possibly have against foreign countries coming in to exploit this land? that's how your beloved USA was founded!! you can't have it both ways, asshole.

ExpertShot
ExpertShot

 I know you won't call me a name again cause you're a "special" person!  The U.S. Government and its subsidiaries have numerous laws which protect our environment and resources from depletion and overuse.  There are many laws which don't go far enough, agreed - but these laws work because there ARE borders. 

Plus, If we had no borders, I'm guessing the U.S. Government might just say all the Earth is theirs for the taking.  We are the most powerful government in the world and probably could do that if we wanted to. 
Just like - BOOM - You're a U.S. Citizen now, here's some gubmint cheese!

Chevy No Va
Chevy No Va

actually most blacks hate illegal aliens.

REBEL SOUL
REBEL SOUL

 Most humans hate niggers. they just dont like to admit it.

Chevy No Va
Chevy No Va

most humans hate Mexicans.  Even Mexicans thats why they don't want to live in Mexico.

GreenHornet
GreenHornet

Your mom loves me. We were at it all night long, bro.

Bnbk
Bnbk

It's best to ignore this lonely wannabe comic. Don't even give the loser a chance to get in on any discussion. He's like a stray dog looking to be fed,feed him and he'll stick around forever,mucking up the adult conversation. The funny thing about him as that he actually thinks he's funny.He would be better off seeking some other type of livelyhood,because he's a failure at comedy,in other words.he's a LOSER !

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