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 Music Review “4us Gum” – Ill Badaa
By Yami Cabrera
As expected, music begins to join the hectic social situation that has been going on in the United States in recent days. In that case, Ill Badaa seems to be one of the first artists to step forward in urban music. The rapper will be releasing his new single "4us Gum" on June 2nd.
Although the topic does not include the latest events related to the #BlackLivesMatter movement, this new single responds to hundreds of years of social frustration suffered by "marginal" people in the United States. Inspired by Ahmaud Arbery's cruel murder, Ill Badaa develops a very well-crafted poetic-musical plot in“4us Gum”.
The song displays an impeccable lyric about this event, a mixture of narration and key historical symbols in the history of the fight for racial equality. The history of white privilege is embodied and vocally insinuated with the popular cinema character, Forrest Gump; furthermore denouncing the stereotyping of African Americans, and the police harassment in poor neighborhoods.
“4us Gum" remains in the comfort zone of this artist's musical style. His music is mostly based on the mix of Rap with elements of electro music. Ill Badaa revitalizes chaotic city sounds such as sirens of ambulances and police cars, the sounds of weapons, etc. - which help to further illustrate this song´s story.
Rap, a spoken style of the most oppressed classes in big cities, could become a new hymn for the interracial struggles of this 21st century. This music is already the artistic-musical expression of the socio-cultural feeling within the 'outcasts'. Let's hope that other artists follow the example of Ill Badaa. Music can be a necessary support for those who are on the streets, as well as a testament sound for future generations.
Como se ha estado esperando, la música comienza a sumarse al agitado situación social que acontece en Estados Unidos en los últimos días. Ill Badaa parece ser uno de los primeros artistas en dar el paso al frente en cuanto a la música urbana. El rapero estará  lanzando su nuevo sencillo “4us Gum” el próximo 2 de Junio.
Si bien el tema no recoge los últimos acontecimientos relacionados al movimiento #BlackLivesMatter, “4us Gum” responde a cientos de años de frustración social sufrida por los personas ¨marginales¨ de Estados Unidos. Inspirado en el cruel asesinato de Ahmaud Arbery, Ill Badaa desarrolla una muy bien elaborada trama poético-musical en este nuevo sencillo.
“4us Gum” muestra un texto impecable sobre este reciente suceso, mezcla de narración y de símbolos históricos claves en la historia de la lucha por la igualdad racial. La supremacía de la raza blanca plasmada en la insinuación de la figura del personaje cinematográfico Forrest Gump. La estereotipación de los afroamericanos. El acoso policial en los barrios pobres.
El aspecto musical de este track se mantiene en la zona de confort del estilo musical de este artista, basado en la mezcla del Rap con elementos de la música electrónica. Ill Badaa revitaliza la utilización de sonidos cotidianos como las sirenas de ambulancias y carros policiales, los sonidos de armas, etc., que ayudan a ilustrar su historia.
El rap, vocero de las condiciones de vida de las clases más oprimidas de las grandes ciudades, pudiera convertirse en un nuevo himno para las luchas interraciales de este siglo XXI. La expresión artística-musical del sentir socio-cultural de los ´marginados´. Esperemos que otros artistas sigan el ejemplo de Ill Badaa y hagan de la música soporte para los que están en las calles, así como un testimonio sonoro para próximas generaciones.

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