FRIDAY, AUGUST 14, 2015|
Posted by: Alana Solin
Chance The Rapper has returned to give us "Israel (Sparring)", a smoothly downbeat collaboration with his fellow rapper Noname Gypsy. They rap almost as if doing spoken poetry, occasionally breaking into dialogue or, at the end of the song, into exaggerated singing voices and laughs. The lyrics are enough to give any listener chills: "A body in the underpass says, where's my Jesus/Pledge allegiance to the money now/We running down to kiddie parks where darker kids be casualty," Noname raps with just a touch of sorrow. The lyrics focus on religion, particularly the struggle between Israel and God, on love, on success, as well as on blackness and its erasure in both history and the present. One of the most poignant lyrics in the song is, "Fuck the pharaohs and pharisees, Moses is back/I don't need to see a Sphinx to know they noses was black," rapped by Chance. With its muted beat and the strum of harps in the background, this song is probably one of the years most meaningful.