First Look: Street Sweeper Social Club EP

 

They’re more than a
band, they’re a mutha fuckin’ social club: brand new
The Ghetto Blaster EP drops August 10 on SSSC/ILG.

 

By Jose Martinez

 

The militant brainchild of Rage Against The
Machine’s Tom Morello and The Coup’s Boots Riley, Street Sweeper Social Club
isn’t as incendiary as Rage but it’s definitely a proud middle-finger in the
air amongst the current rock pack. Aptly mixing rock and hip-hop, this isn’t
the frat boy, date rape fare we’ve come to associate with the rock ‘n’ rap
moniker. Aiming for a Clash meets Ohio Players vibe, the seven-song EP includes
raw covers of M.I.A.’s “Paper Planes” and LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You
Out.” While the EP’s title track continues in the same vein as the band’s
relentless debut, “The New Fuck You” finds them in rough and ready mode
creating music that would be proudly blaring at a Panthers party back in the
day. In the ‘70s they said the revolution will be televised; well, it
definitely now has a soundtrack. And as Boots declares on the LL Cool J cover,
We’re more than a band, we’re a mutha
fuckin’ social club
.”

 

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