25 Songs, 1 Hour, 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born and raised in London to English and Iraqi parents, Lowkey started putting out mixtapes in 2003 and released his first album, Dear Listener, in 2009. His bold, message-filled lyricism is impossible to ignore, as he sounds off against racism, sexism, ignorance, imperialism, corruption, corporate greed, and general abuse of power. Peppered with skits drawn from U.S. political debates and Real Time with Bill Maher, among other sources, Soundtrack to the Struggle also finds Lowkey connecting with like-minded artists like Immortal Technique ("Voice of the Voiceless"), Klashnekoff ("Blood, Sweat and Tears"), and M1 ("Obama Nation Pt. 2"). To be sure, this isn't your usual radio rap. But if you're dismayed with the direction of the world today and still love hip-hop but miss the protest-fueled messages of acts like Public Enemy, Paris, and The Coup, this is exactly what you've been waiting for.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Born and raised in London to English and Iraqi parents, Lowkey started putting out mixtapes in 2003 and released his first album, Dear Listener, in 2009. His bold, message-filled lyricism is impossible to ignore, as he sounds off against racism, sexism, ignorance, imperialism, corruption, corporate greed, and general abuse of power. Peppered with skits drawn from U.S. political debates and Real Time with Bill Maher, among other sources, Soundtrack to the Struggle also finds Lowkey connecting with like-minded artists like Immortal Technique ("Voice of the Voiceless"), Klashnekoff ("Blood, Sweat and Tears"), and M1 ("Obama Nation Pt. 2"). To be sure, this isn't your usual radio rap. But if you're dismayed with the direction of the world today and still love hip-hop but miss the protest-fueled messages of acts like Public Enemy, Paris, and The Coup, this is exactly what you've been waiting for.

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About Lowkey

With his own unique take on racism, war, and global political issues, rapper and activist (and member of several supergroups) Lowkey has emerged as one of the British hip-hop scene's most outspoken artists. Born Kareem Dennis in London in 1986 to an Iraqi mother and English father, he first started rapping at the age of 12 and, after competing at various open-mike sessions on Carnaby Street, won an MC battle to earn the name of Lowkey. Despite generating buzz with his 2003 Key to the Game mixtape, a stint in rap collective Poisonous Poets, and support slots with Canibus, Dead Prez, and Immortal Technique, he took a hiatus from the music industry for several years before returning in 2009 with his first album, Dear Listener. During the same year, he also teamed up with Reverend and the Makers frontman Jon McClure, Arctic Monkeys drummer Matt Helders and ex-bassist Andy Nicholson, and Babyshambles bassist Drew McConnell to form the group Mongrel, who released their debut LP, Better Than Heavy, through the Independent newspaper. Following several humanitarian aid missions in Palestine and various charity projects, he released his sophomore outing, Soundtrack to the Struggle, in 2011. ~ Jon O'Brien

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