Regarding Race, Nation, and Our Future

Written Work by Graham T. Baden

Time Trip — Eugene McDaniels, Spiro Agnew, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and The Beastie Boys

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Eugene McDaniels’s 1972 album “Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse” was banned by then US Vice President Spiro Agnew due to the controversial lyrics contained within the album. But what made it so controversial? Give it a listen and read some of the lyrics below.

“Jews and the Arabs, Semitic pawns in the master game / The player who controls the board sees them all as the same / Basically cannon fodder / Left wing and right wing / Political pawns in the master game / The player who controls the board Sees them all as the same / Basically cannon fodder / Nobody knows who the enemy is Cause he never goes in hiding / He’s slitting our throats Right in front of our eyes, While we pull the casket he’s riding / Better get it together, Better get it together, And see what’s happening to you and you and you / Niggers and crackers / Racial pawns in the master game / The player who controls the board sees them all as the same, basically cannon fodder / Industry and War Machine, these are the kings in the master game / The player who controls the board And the Kings are the same We are the cannon fodder.”

It was nevertheless sampled by Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth in their 1992 “Soul Brother #1.” Listen for the sample organ line throughout, starting at about 0:30.

Later, the amazing Beastie Boys sampled McDaniels in their incredible 1994 track “Get it Together.” Listen for it starting at about 1:10.

Mr. Agnew must not have done a very good job getting those albums off the shelves…

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