Dissin for Dollars

8 08 2017

Anyone who performs with the Washington Symphony Orchestra at ten years old, is embarking on a musical destiny. Bernie Worrell was an accomplished musician, composer and performer. Over the course of his career, he was a foundation for Parliament / Funkadelic, played with the Talking Heads Deee-lite, Keith Richards and many others. Though his music speaks as a language, I greatly appreciate the work he has done as a band leader The Woo Warriors. My current favorite is Blacktronic Science. Not only does the name imply a distinct manner of perception, the music and lyrics live up to the name.


Dissinfordollars, an incredible song, and excellent social critique as well. I am not surprised, that the lyrics are not already on the www. I’ve seen a meme that says of course words are powerful, that’s why it’s called s.p.e.l.l.i.n.g. Dissinfordollars is the dissertation of that statement. ‘Sticks and Stones will break your bones, like in the force and the speed of rap.’ Vernacular asskicking’  Though the song is both about language being used to separate and distinguish class in society, the lyrical artistry is straight from the muses mouth.  ‘Nigga gotta habit of bablin’ broken English, so a nigga won’t be distinguished.’ ‘You’re like an inadequate word arsenal.’ The song more than clarifies what dissinfordollars means, and shows how a poet can utilize the skills of the language to create atmosphere, and ideas. As a writer myself, one  of my favorite lines is, ‘Give power to poetry see.’