Socialist RnB is an uncomplicated genre, brothers and sisters. Its message doesn’t change down the years. It’s a message which offers a critique of society as it is, and a vision of a better tomorrow. With the death of Comrade Gil Scott Heron, we’re reminded of just how uniform these messages are, over the decades, and how the finest Socialist RnB bands have always highlighted the same inequalities and injustices.
Most of all, and most importantly of all, Socialist RnB bands recognise a simple, fundamental, historical materialist truth: it’s all about the economics. So here are three example from down the years:
Gil Scott Heron’s Whitey on the Moon
Drive By Truckers’ People on the Moon
Thee Faction Deft Left (live at the BBC)
Philosophers have only interpreted the world. The point, however, is to change.