Pharoahe Monch Premieres ‘Clap Back ‘Anti-Police Brutality Anthem
Pharoahe Monch is celebrating the 15th Annual National Day of Protest To Stop Police Brutality by premiering a new video for his anti-police brutality anthem “Clap (One Day) today (October 22nd).
The 15th Annualof Protest To Stop Police Brutality takes place each year in communities across the country to protest aggressive police tactics.
To show support for the day, supporters are wearing all black to show solidarity.
Pharoahe Monch premiered “Clap (One Day)” last month to a sold out crowd atCafe in London.
The album was taken from hisW.A.R. (We Are Renegades), which will be released through Pharoahe’s W.A.R. Media and Duck Down Records in February of 2011.
“Instead of protect and serve, police often escalate situations, as with the cases of Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, or Aiyana Stanley Jones, and hundreds more who fell victim to police violence,” Pharoahe Monch told AllHipHop.com. “I wrote this song to express my frustration, as well as raise the question of how our communities can create safety and prevent violence, with out relying on police.”
The never-before-seen footage also features vocalists Showtyme, Mela Machinko and DJ Boogie Blind, who will also be in the short film andfor “Clap (One Day),” which will be released in December 2010.
Pharoahe Monch was clear that despite the song’s title, it does not advocate violence against police officers, as his brother protects and serves a local community.
“My brother is a police officer so I know there are some well intentioned people wearing blue uniforms,” Pharoahe Monch told AllHipHop.com. “But the issue of police violence is much bigger than good cops and bad cops, it comes down to a broken system which criminalizes our communities, and must be completely transformed.”
Pharaohe Monch’s album W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) will hit stores in February of 2011. For more information visit http://www.Pharoahe.com