Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Sweet Sweet Back...

In 1971, Melvin Van Peebles invented a new flim genre with Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song. With the help of the Black Panthers, word of it spread, bringing Hollywood to "the Hood." Van Peebles' son Mario recently released a documentary about the film titled Baadasssss! featuring interviews with Panther chief of staff David Hillard and others. This CD (organized by Hillard and Huey Newton's widow) is a tribute and companion to the documentary, featuring the original title track for the documentary "Getting The Man's Foot Outta Ya Ass," vintage speeches by Panther founder Huey Newton, music by African singer Thomas Mapfumo, new raps and hip hop beats by the Black Panther Fugitives.

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