As with our second FREESound Artist Mega Trife, New Jersey rapper Hasan Salaam storms into our 3rd FREESound spot with his second song, coming only 2 weeks after his first feature on AEMNYC, Jericho.
“Phillip Pannell was killed by Officer Gary Spath when I was ten years old in Teaneck, New Jersey,” says Hasan. “Phillip’s cousin Keith and the daughter of the cop’s partner were both in my class. I remember seeing Phillip a few times in passing at the park where we would play ball. Phillip was black and Spath is white. Spath claimed Phillip was reaching in his pockets when he shot him in the back. An autopsy concluded Phillip was shot in the back with his hands raised in the air, proving the officer lied. Riots ensued. Spath was charged and acquitted of manslaughter. Spath is walking the streets free after killing a child and Ms. Pannell is left without a son. This story is not uncommon in black neighborhoods all over the country. There is no difference today than when Phillip was murdered. There are walls all around us; some of them block our progress from the day we are born. I often hear Caucasian-Americans in arguments about race; recently I heard on Fox News ‘I’m tired of talking about race’. If they are tired of talking about it, imagine being stifled by these walls for generations.”
The story behind Jericho & the way Salaam has used this to speak on current events and promote positivity through his music is what drove us to consider him for the FREESound title. The song being featured today, Father’s Day, is his attempt at reconnecting with his sick father & the reason he’s grabbed the title. The lyrics are compelling and heartfelt. The visuals are thought provoking and give glimpses into the lives of fathers and their children.
Below is the press release and video for Father’s Day. Congratulations to Hasan Salaam on grabbing our FREESound Artist title and as always, enjoy.
New Jersey rapper Hasan Salaam presents the Alex Ghassan-directed music video for “Father’s Day”, his new Craig Rip-produced single from Life In Black & White, Hasan’s Viper Records full-length out now featuring Immortal Technique (watch “Jericho”) Kendal Good, Maya Azucena and Drue Davis as well as production from Snowgoons, DJ Static, Denny Carson, Remot, dj INSITE, Hezekiah, Beatnick Dee, Crossbone T, Southpaw, and Douglas G. Simpson & Kareem Knight of the Aqua League. Hasan has performed live on NBC, Fuse, CSPAN and PBS. All profits from his 2012 EP Music Is My Weapon (listen) were used towards his “It Takes A Village” project which funded a school, clean water well, and medical clinic in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. A community organizer, he works with troubled youth, and helps run a monthly food and clothing drive in Jersey City, N.J. Hasan has taught “The Socio-Political Importance of Black Music in American Society”, a self-created lecture, at universities across the country. Also a master fetish trainer and sex educator, he speaks at shelters – specifically to abused women – helping them reintroduce sensuality back in their lives. Hasan is a Sexpert blogger for Calexotics, a sexual wellness and novelty website, and recently founded his own erotica/fetish company, Sensual Noire/Jet Setting Jasmine, as well as opening his first fitness studio, Body Altitudes, in Florida. After touring with Brother Ali and Immortal Technique, Hasan Salaam was signed to Viper Records.
“We as human beings are naturally flawed,” Hasan says regarding “Father’s Day”, which addresses his relationship with his father. “But if you can find some way to connect with family, do it. It’s worth fighting for. He says Life In Black & White “deals with life in so-called post racial America where being a person of color is still treated like a crime.” Life In Black & White is out now on iTunes.