I’m typically not one for rap, but I love Tim Fite. I’ve been a fan ever since I found out about him via the radio show/podcast Sound Opinions. One thing that I love about him is that he plays no favorites in his cutting social commentary. The above video is for “Camouflage,” from his album Over the Counter Culture. In it he takes the American war hawks to task for fighting a war for colonialism and oil while pushing it on the American people like a fashion trend. The song and the video are both jarring at times, and they should be, because there’s a great deal of cognitive dissonance related to the wars America waged (and is waging) in the Middle East. It’s a clear jab at George W. Bush and his supporters. In a later album, Under the Table Tennis, he takes on the economic bust of 2008, and the song “Oversight” features a sample of Obama promising exactly that “every step of the way,” while another voice yells “BAILOUT! BAILOUT! BAILOUT! BAILOUT!” Obama promised to act tough on the banks, but what wound up happening was something quite different.
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