Che Lingo is a London rapper who has recently been using his music to bring awareness to police brutality and inequality. One of his songs, ‘My Block’ urges people to recognize how present police brutality remains. In addition, he has used his recognition and platforms to collect signatures for a petition in honor of his close friend who was killed by a police officer.
Che Lingo explains that ‘My Block’ celebrates every individual as valuable and unique beings regardless of external, societal conditions. He encourages his fans to challenge the unequal structure of society and fight for freedom.
“I never said that I was any victim,
Coz of what skin did, still glistening,
Can I get a witness in this,”
‘My Block’ honors Julian Cole, friend of Che Lingo. Cole unfortunately is now brain-damaged, the result of an incident with the police. According to Lingo, Cole’s family was not supported or compensated. Furthermore, no officer was charged regarding the incident.
To support Cole and his family, Che uses his music to call out the cruelty and injustices. He has shown the transformative way that art can really send a bring people together and make a statement. ‘My Block’ is a call for action, and Che shows his dedication to contributing to the movement and sparking a change.
“They ain’t even got no evidence,
And that bird they’re servings plateless,
Feds literally broke my bredrins neck, then lied on one of their statements,
Bro how can you call that justice,”
Lingo touches on the way in which black bodies are dehumanized and devalued. Additionally, he does not hesitate to call out the cruelty of police.
“Still got shackles on me, in your mind they’re ribbons,
Making money off it, magnify the figures,”
The song discusses stereotypes and negative connotations behind “black”. Che Lingo’s words highlight the fragility of our world and how racial inequalities have never gone away.
“Look at how they got us in papers,
black boy, black hood, black trainers, judging the cover of that book no pages,
Hurt with hatred, curses, dangers,”
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