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Tha People's Music

by Tha Truth

Sounds like Public Enemy, Dead Prez, or Immortal Technique, or if activists like Angela Davis, Michael Moore, Noam Chomsky, or Cornell West could rap like the mid 90s were back
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Old-School Rap
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Real History (of the US)
3:36 $0.99
2. Power 2 the People
4:46 $0.99
3. We're All Immigrants
2:29 $0.99
4. People Over Profit (feat. Why)
1:58 $0.99
5. Boycott (fight the system)
4:52 $0.99
6. US Drug War
0:58 $0.99
7. The Injustice System
3:50 $0.99
8. Words from Howard Zinn
1:47 $0.99
9. The Real History (Pt. II)
5:15 $0.99
10. Question Everything (feat. Why)
4:23 $0.99
11. Police Priorities
0:17 $0.99
12. Justice for Sean Bell
2:07 $0.99
13. A Different World (feat. Angela Davis)
0:58 $0.99
14. Truth & Unity (be the change)
3:55 $0.99
15. Who Killed the Electric Car
3:58 $0.99
16. Military Recruiters Lie
3:59 $0.99
17. A Debate of Truth (feat. Cynthia McKinney)
2:53 $0.99
18. The Campaign of Obama
3:41 $0.99
19. Revolution (Human Need Over Profit)
4:21 $0.99
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Album Notes
Tha Truth is a conscious/political hip hop artist, poet, and rap-tivist (rapper/activist) known around the Philadelphia area for battling imperialism, inequality, corruption, and discrimination.

He has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, demonstrations, conferences, and benefits. Among these appearances Tha Truth performed at “The People’s March for Peace and Justice” in 2007 in Newark, NJ where he shared the stage with Amy Goodman of “Democracy Now!” and Congressman Jon Conyers (one of the initators of HR 676/the Universal Health Care bill). He was also featured as a special guest performer along with M-1 of Dead Prez at the 2008 People's Peace Conference at Rutgers University Law School in Newark, NJ.

Tha Truth has performed at the ISO Conference at Columbia University in New York City, the Iraq Veterans Against The War (IVAW) benefit concert in Philadelphia, and the Worker's World National Convention in New York twice. Additionally, Tha Truth performed in the "Drop Beats Not Bombs" concert at Rutgers University in New Jersey, the Veterans for Peace National Conference at the University of Maryland, and the 2009 Green Party National Conference at North Carolina Central University.

In other appearances, Tha Truth spoke twice at Rowan University, He performed at The University of Pennsylvania, and he was also one of the artists who took part in the “Rock the Rulers” concert outside the Capitol Building in Washington, DC during the Troops Out Now Encampment of 2007. On the day before the 2008 Election, Temple University's radio station in Philadelphia interviewed Tha Truth and asked him to speak to the students about the issues. Tha Truth's song "U.S. Drug War," was included on the official American Drug War Movie Mixtape CD release.

Environmental benefit events Tha Truth has been featured in include concerts at Pennsylvania’s Cedar Brook Middle School Earth Day Festival, “Arts in The Park” in Elkins Park, PA, and The Brown Bear Music Festival to expose pollution in the Monoshone Creek in Philadelphia.

Tha Truth put out his debut CD “Tha Civil Rights Movement” in 2006. His second CD “Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II” was released in 2007. In late 2008 Tha Truth unveiled his third CD "Tha People's Music."

"Tha People's Music" was inspired by Howard Zinn's classic best selling book "A People's History of the United States (from 1492 to Present)". On this CD, Tha Truth sums up lesser known perspectives on the history of the United States (starting with the theft of Native American land by Columbus) from 1492 to 2008 in two songs ("The Real History of the US" & "The Real History II"). Throughout his latest project Tha Truth also tackles bigotry, poverty, air pollution, corporate privatization of resources, worker's rights, U.S. healthcare, corporate media, New Orleans recovery efforts, police brutality, military recruitment, the death penalty, immigrant rights, the prison industrial complex, US foreign policy/empire, and more.

Tha Truth aims to educate and inspire audiences while sacrificing nothing musically. He says that his goal is, "To use the power of music to get people motivated to do what they can to work for social justice and a better world for all humanity." Due to Tha Truth's focus on environmental justice, "Tha People's Music" CD comes in packaging made from all recycled materials.



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Billy from SleptOn.Com

This CD is Fire!
This CD is really great. I was feeling Tha Truth's last CD too, but his rhymes got more complex and deeper in this album. It's obvious he put in alot of work. It's on point. I especially was feelin "The Injustice System." Two of my overall favorite tracks are "The Real History" and "The Real History 2," in which, in TWO SONGS, Tha Truth sums up the entire history of the United States! The songs are based on Howard Zinn's famous book "A People's History of The US." It's really dope how he did it. I also really liked the part in the Real History 2 where "Why" comes on the song real quick - that was funny. Tha Truth is the type of artist people need to know about. We'll be featuring him on our website which features important news the mainstream (corporate) media does not cover. Don't sleep on the talent or the message of this artist!


Essential Listening.
Accompanying profound political lyrics with mellow soothing sounds provides a holistically appealing and somewhat subliminal experience, allowing the listener to relax and enjoy the music while absorbing and retaining the enlightening and thought-provoking messages it contains at both a conscious and a subconscious level. Despite listening to nearly an hour’s worth of revelations that should have left me feeling sad and angry, I ended up feeling refreshed, revigorated and more aware of a multitude of highly important issues. Issues that are generally neglected by the mainstream corporate propagandists, such as ongoing discrimination, injustice, unliveable wages, homelessness, lacking healthcare and education, needless wars, and a fundamental failure of democracy. The messages alone, which include soundbites from Howard Zinn, Angela Davis, Cynthia McKinney as well as The Simpsons, make for essential listening, even for people who may not typically listen to hip-hop.

‘The Campaign of Obama’ perspicaciously warns against the premature and irrational euphoria that has since occurred as a result of Barack Obama’s presidential victory, reminding us that while the change in appearance and complexion has set a new historic precedent, this does not constitute a change in direction from the damaging policies of George W Bush. Indeed, as ‘People Over Profit’ suggests, the Democrat and Republican parties have few discernable differences as they both seek to satisfy the corporate powers that control them and the middle-class voters that elect them. The ‘Words from Howard Zinn’ makes it clear that, following Obama’s win, the need to continue raising awareness and spreading the truth is greater than ever, even though many people may initially find it difficult to believe and accept the cold harsh reality concerning the ubiquitous corporate and government tyranny that controls them. The wise advice of ‘Question Everything’ might have led to Ralph Nader being labelled ‘the unreasonable man’ by bitter, ill-informed Democrat supporters and traitors, but the alternative of the public following the crowd like a flock of sheep will not put an end to the corporate evil that prevails, or allow the much-needed real and profound changes to be instigated. ‘Military Recruiters Lie’ should make anyone contemplating joining the army think twice, look beyond the propaganda and financial bribes, and consider the likely risk of suffering long-term psychological problems (including post-traumatic stress disorder) or ultimately the loss of one’s life. And all for the sake of protecting the business interests for the rich privileged elite, rather than providing real security for the masses by providing affordable healthcare and education. ‘Revolution’, which calls for the realization of human need rather than profit, provides a fitting finale to the album, recapitulating the key ideas addressed throughout. Awesome and timeless.


I ordered all three of Tha Truth's CD's, and they are awesome! I keep listening to them over and over again. My favorite was this one. Tha Truth's words are so powerful and so moving. Thank you Truth for putting your words, thoughts and music out there to create change. "US Drug War" and the way it leads into "The Injustice System" are probably the tracks that get to me the most. In my work with prisoners I am constantly sending out lyrics to inmates who want to 'hear' what they don't ever get to hear on the radio. There is a Death Row inmate I correspond with who I've told about this artist and he is busting my chops to get on it and share the CD lyrics so that he can 'listen' too. I will send Tha Truth's lyrics out to him and other inmates far and wide. I know many of them would love to 'hear' his message. I've been telling anyone and everyone I know how amazing Tha Truth's music is and trying to introduce more of his work out here in the southwest.


Like Noam Chomsky's Words Amped Up
I'm really diggin' your music, your meaning and your intentions....I plan to share your music with my students at different times if that's ok with you. Great stuff. Very strong. You are doing something I suggested to some of my students at one point...I had said what if we jazzed up Noam Chomsky's words with electronica or trance music behind it....remixed....amped up.....it's the way of the world! Very cool stuff. Thank you for doing this great work.


the return of old school rap
At a time when most rappers are concerned more with their gold-studded teeth or the hubcaps on their fancy cars, historian/activist/educator Tha Truth has released "THA PEOPLE'S MUSIC," an album that is reminiscent of the works of the beat poets and folk singers of the 1950's and 1960's. Song titles like WE'RE ALL IMMIGRANTS, BOYCOTT (FIGHT THE SYSTEM), and MILITARY RECRUITERS LIE are self-explanatory. But the lessons do not end with those 3 songs. JUSTICE FOR SEAN BELL tells the story of 3 unarmed men who were shot a total of 50 times by New York police in 2006. (Bell died hours before he was to be married.) TRUTH AND UNITY (BE THE CHANGE) is a lesson in equality and explains that being different is a gift in a world of conformity. WHO KILLED THE ELECTRIC CAR? People like former Chevron executive Condoleeza Rice and other corporate/government lackeys. Many of the songs were inspired by Howard Zinn's book "A People's History Of The United States". In fact, Zinn himself makes an appearance on the album. The lessons go on for a total of 19 well-written tracks of educational poetry. As with his first 2 albums, Tha Truth prides himself on the fact that he gets his message across without the use of profanity. "THA PEOPLE'S MUSIC" is an album that can entertain and educate the entire family. Tha Truth has publicly stated that this may be his final album. If that is true, then he leaves hip hop with what may be its most powerful statement ever.

Rebecca D.

Thank you for making this music
I bought this CD at the National Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Mass. The music and message are phenomenal. So rich and densely layered with intelligence and power.

Tom O.

Everyone should have a copy of this Amazing CD!
I've played the song “Boycott” well over 100 times on the NYC subway in my headphones since I first heard it. I think Tha Truth’s music is incredible. My friend said it was important, and I want to add that it is courageous as well. In his book, Democracy Matters, Dr. Cornell West discusses "The Necessary Engagement with Youth Culture." This artist has done an incredible job with that

Big Cee

On a scale of 1-5 this CD is off the charts un-rateable!
Tha Truth once again you have done better than your best! I have the first two albums and I must say you are like “fine wine” your lyrics get more sophisticated, complex, and highly advanced with age. I thought you peaked with Tha Civil Rights Movement part II CD, but I was pleasantly surprised to see you surpass that Hip-Hop classic. It seems like every other week I have a new favorite song from this CD - at this time in my life Military Recruiters Lie is blasted in the car hoping everyone gets the profound message you send over a RIDICULOUS beat! The Real History part II has that funny commercial in the middle, it brings me back to the Ol’ Days when I worked in a call center! Who Killed the Electric Car is my new Anthem; it keeps me on top of the real issue since so many people are slipping due to the fallen gas prices. I could go on and on about ALL the songs but we don’t have an eternity. Rating each song from 1-10 on this CD, every song gets at least a 10. And Songs like Question Everything, The Electric Car, Military Recruiters Lie, and Boycott are off the charts un-rateable! Pump the fist comrade!


Reality with no Gimmicks
I really loved your album man. That sh*t really has me vibing and thinking deeply. Thats the type of music I like. Reality with no gimmicks. Your sh*t is truly the straight up truth and is one of the best albums I have ever heard. No bullsh*t, keep doing your thing and I look forward to hearing more.