Thievery Corporation have now gotten in on the Occupy Wall Street movement action by releasing “Unified Tribes,” a new single featuring MC and Def Jux alum Mr. Lif. This is the second collaboration following the 2011 LP “Culture of Fear.” The song has a ’70s funk and Motown vibe that mixes well with Mr. Lif’s emceeing.
This, of course, isn’t Thievery Corporation’s first foray into politics—Rob Garza and Eric Hilton have long been involved in progressive politics and the band name Thievery Corporation leaves little room for interpretation, unless it suggests a gang of Parisian illegalists.
Mr. Lif describes “Unified Tribes” as “another sonic molotov aimed straight at the belly of the beast,” adding “it is our attempt to offer inspiration, energy, & hopefully a morale boost to the Movement as it will take persistence and resilience to bring about change to the collective consciousness of our culture.”
“We’ve been so fortunate to link up with Mr. Lif,” says Eric Hilton. “He has a revolutionary spirit in the purest, most humane sense; and the world needs more of his conscious approach to hip-hop.”
Mr. Lif notes that “The Occupy movement is important to me because it is the people’s massive response to the unsavory aspect of human nature known as greed. Occupiers have come together in an attempt to bring about better conditions for the many as opposed to the few.”
Accompanying the “Unifed Tribes” single is a music video which features Mr. Lif winding his way through the Occupy D. C. camp, intercut with Occupy protest footage. The video can be seen below.
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The Occupy movement, which started in New York, has grown to more than 1,400 encampments around the country. Occupy has chosen to work outside the political process, shying away from appointing leaders and setting agendas. Some protesters, and political observers, argue they must become a more formal movement to bring change. But they are starting to shift the political tone in the country by unconventional means.