A central question of any era of social change—Which side are you on?—takes center stage for emcee and activist Talib Kweli and producer 9th Wonder’s new song and video of the same name.
Released in recognition of October 22 being the 20th Annual National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, “Which Side Are You On” is from Kweli’s and 9th Wonder’s upcoming album “Indie 500.” Featuring contributions from St. Louis-based rapper and activist Tef Poe, as well as singer Kendra Ross, the song explores the central questions of social accountability and empathy that the current era of social and racial justice movement-building demands of onlookers and the unengaged.
Directed by Sama’an Ash, the video (which you can see above) combines powerful film of protesters from the Mike Brown commemoration march and protests in Ferguson with footage of the Ferguson Rocks and Ferguson Is Everywhere fundraiser concerts that Kweli staged in St. Louis this summer. Artists and intellectuals as varied as Common, Cornel West, Tom Morello, Jasri X and dead prez’s M-1 make appearances in the compelling clip, which also features excerpts from news media covering the killings and deaths of black people at the hands of police in the past year. The result is a tribute to their spirit and a firm declaration of position for the artists on the track.
Talib Kweli’s and 9th Wonder’s “Indie 500” album comes out on November 6th through Javotti Media and Jamla Records. Check out the video for “Which Side Are You On” above.