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Music for a Better World

by Tha Truth

A diverse mixture of musical genres, including jazz, hip hop, reggae, Spanish music, and Brazilian Capoeira music, coming together in unity with powerful and meaningful lyrics that march for peace, love, and equality for all.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Political Rap
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1. Open Minded Intro
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2. Change the World (Change the Future)
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3. Do You Believe in Facts?
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4. Apathy? Who Cares?
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5. Human Rights (Jobs, Food, & Homes)
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6. I Tell These Jokes (Comic Relief)
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7. The American Myth
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8. Critical Thinking
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9. One Human Family
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10. Todos Somos Iquales
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11. Peace, Love, & Justice
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12. No Frackin Way (Solar & Wind Power)
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13. Textbook Lies
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14. Worker's Rights (End Sweatshops)
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15. Why Do They Lie?
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16. Let's All Blame the Victim!
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17. If Dr. King Was Here Today Pt. 2
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18. In Their Shoes
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19. What Democracy Sounds Like
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20. Positive Energy
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21. War Veterans Speak
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22. Solutions, Pt. 2 (We Can Take Action)
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes

Tha Truth is an "art-ivist" (artist/activist) known around the Philadelphia area for advocating for peace, equality, and justice. “We want jobs, food, and homes for all,” is one of the many lyrical manifestos Tha Truth has given life to on his latest album “Music for a Better World.”

“Music for a Better World” consists of a diverse mixture of musical genres, including jazz, reggae, hip hop, Spanish music, and Brazilian capoeira, coming together in unity with powerful and meaningful lyrics that march for peace, love, and equality for all. Tha Truth encapsulates these ideas when he states in the album’s intro, “This is music without borders.”

His latest work reflects his evolution from being strictly a hip hop artist to a musician who sings and plays real instruments as well. On this album Tha Truth sings, raps, plays the drums (and the berimbau instrument), and renders lyrics in Spanish. Additional genres fused into this release include funk, folk, rock, classical, electronic/dance, pop, calypso, and more. “It’s truly world music,” says Jamie Myerson, the accomplished musician and studio engineer who worked on this album.

“Music for a Better World" features a song with nothing but positive and uplifting thoughts (Positive Energy), a track with lyrics completely in Spanish (Todos Somos Iquales), and his own beat production (he produced many tracks on the album entirely himself with drums and other instruments).

An overall inspirational lyrical approach is on full display throughout. Instead of solely relaying the world's problems and awful truths, he is focusing on what can be done about them and the importance of education and activism. In accordance with this, the "Music for a Better World" CD comes in packaging made from recycled paper and a tray holding the CD in place made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. The ink used to print the packaging comes from non-toxic, biodegradable soy and vegetable based inks.

“Would they really hate us then, if we stopped trying to run other countries, and used money for building missiles to fill plates for the hungry?” from his song “Let’s All Blame the Victim” is one of many pointed questions Tha Truth poses for listeners to contemplate.

“I want people to enjoy this album. I want them to laugh, to get excited, and to feel like they want to move. At the same time I want to make people think about what’s really important in life,” he says. “I hope the lyrics inspire people to start doing something to help make this world a better place to live in.

Tha Truth has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, demonstrations, conferences, and benefits. Since 2006, he has released five albums. He says that on each “the goal is inspiring, educating, and empowering listeners.” His songs and lyrics pertain to cooperation, human rights, and social justice.

In 2006 Tha Truth released his debut album "Tha Civil Rights Movement," which was followed in 2007 by "Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II." 2008 saw the release of his "Tha People's Music" album. On “Tha People’s Music,” Tha Truth, inspired by Howard Zinn's famous book "A People's History of the US," detailed the real story behind U.S. history, starting with Columbus' theft of Native land in 1492. Tha People's Music also addressed poverty, immigrant rights, healthcare, war resistance, military recruitment, the prison industrial complex, the environment, and many other political issues.

"Tha Mis-Education of the Masses" was released in 2010. This CD makes similar points as his previous projects, while implementing sarcasm, humor, a myriad of metaphors, and more diversified beats comprised from Middle Eastern live percussion/drums, native flutes, acoustic and rock guitars, Spanish reggaeton, and DJ techniques (scratching, mixing, and effects).

Tha Truth began writing rhymes in 1998 but it took the influence of a conscious rap artist he befriended to begin questioning his lyrics, which were more of the gangsta rap variety in the late 90's. As he grew, he learned there were answers to his questions about injustice in society, and he began to articulate social commentary into his music. With each CD he has continued to evolve with his insight, lyricism, and overall musical production.

This artist provides all the lyrics for his songs, corresponds with all fans who contact him, and provides an arsenal of resources and links for people who want to get involved with activism through his website ThaTruthMusic.Com.

“Music is very powerful,” Tha Truth says. “It’s what first got me to contemplate what really matters. ‘Music for a Better World’ was designed to get listeners inspired to help other people. What’s more important than that?”

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TouchTheClouds

Music for expanding minds
It took four years, but Tha Truth is back with his fifth album. On “MUSIC FOR A BETTER WORLD”, he continues to broaden his musical horizons while exploring many of the themes that his fans have come to expect and appreciate. The album leads off with OPEN MINDED INTRO which likens hip hop to Dr. Seuss, referring to both as rhythmic poetry. Read a Dr. Seuss book or watch a Dr. Seuss cartoon, and you will see that he has a point. Not many rappers will defend gay people and their rights on record, but Tha Truth does just that with the album’s second track. “If a man is opposed to gay marriage, then don’t have one”, he says on CHANGE THE WORLD (CHANGE THE FUTURE). On HUMAN RIGHTS, Tha Truth explains that all people want is jobs, food, and homes. His biting, sarcastic sense of humour returns on I TELL THESE JOKES. As funny as he can be, he still drives home a serious message on the song, just like the legendary George Carlin did in his monologues. THE AMERICAN MYTH is a commentary on the so-called American Dream which states that you have to be asleep to believe that it exists. ONE HUMAN FAMILY discusses the fact that all races of mankind are connected. The many dangers of the energy extraction method known as fracking are explained on NO FRACKIN WAY. Unlike many protesters, Tha Truth offers alternatives to the practice. On TEXTBOOK LIES, Tha Truth talks about the darker side of history that tends to be left out of educational materials. The song ends with Matt Damon recommending that listeners check out Howard Zinn’s book “A People’s History Of The United States”, the book that inspired much of Tha Truth’s 2008 album “THA PEOPLE’S MUSIC”. Rapper T.O. duets with Tha Truth on WORKER’S RIGHTS, a battle cry to end sweatshops. NO FRACKIN WAY and WORKER’S RIGHTS also feature Brazilian Capoeira music played by Tha Truth. IF DR. KING WAS HERE TODAY (PART 2) is a speech from Martin Luther King Jr. set to a beat fueled by an acoustic country-blues guitar. IN THEIR SHOES demands that you try to see the world from the perspective of the very less fortunate, people who face losing their jobs and homes and being left with almost nothing and try to help them. Accompanied by Why on POSITIVE ENERGY, Tha Truth takes a break from the educational to focus on people and things that give him happiness. What really happens in war? This question is answered by actual veterans in WAR VETERANS SPEAK. The song can best be described as 4 minutes of nightmarish hell. SOLUTIONS PART 2 ends the album by telling listeners how to make a difference in the world. It is a message that everyone should take to heart, not just hip hop fans.
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