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Tha Miseducation of the Masses

by Tha Truth

The truth the government doesn't want you to know
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Political Rap
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1. Reality Check Intro (I Want Truth)
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2. The Struggle (La Lucha)
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3. It's Like (feat. M.K. Asante)
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4. Freedom Fighters (feat. Cornell West)
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5. World Without Borders
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6. Mental Zombies (feat. Noam Chomsky)
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7. Rage Against The System (feat. Ryan Harvey)
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8. Truth with a Side of Humor
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9. The Obesity of Starvation
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10. Tha Mis-Education (of the Masses)
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11. Evolution (feat. SleptOn)
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12. If Dr. King was Here Today
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13. Money v.s. Truth (Human Liberation)
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14. Crimes in Palestine (feat. Anna Baltzer)
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15. Medicare for All
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16. Living with the Earth
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17. Seeing Through Illusions (feat. T.O.)
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18. Justice is So Boring
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19. Rebel Music (feat. Foundation Movement & T.O.)
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20. The Function of Poverty
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Tha Truth is a conscious/political underground hip hop artist and "rap-tivist" (rapper-activist) known around the Philadelphia area for battling inequality, poverty, discrimination, and injustice. He has performed in countless venues at concerts, colleges, demonstrations, conferences, and benefits. Since 2006 Tha Truth has released four underground political rap albums that attack the forces that maintain the status quo. About his music, Tha Truth says, "I make songs for the 99%. Lyrics for equality, human rights, and social justice."

In 2006 he released "Tha Civil Rights Movement," which was followed in 2007 by "Tha Civil Rights Movement Part II." 2008 saw the release of his "Tha People's Music" album. On “Tha People’s Music,” Tha Truth, inspired by Howard Zinn's famous book "A People's History of the US," detailed the real story behind U.S. history, starting with Columbus' theft of Native land in 1492. Tha People's Music also addressed poverty, immigrant rights, healthcare, war resistance, military recruitment, the prison system, the environment and many other political issues.

"Tha Mis-Education of the Masses" was released on May 19th (Malcolm X's birthday). Tha Truth chose this release date to honor freedom fighters Malcolm X and also Harvey Milk (whose birthday is May 22nd). This CD makes the same points as his previous projects, while adding sarcasm, humor, metaphors, diversified beats comprised from Middle Eastern live percussion/drums, native flutes, acoustic and rock guitars, reggaeton, and more DJ scratching and mixing.

The song "It's Like" is composed entirely of metaphors. Most of these 45 metaphors (technically similes) in the song have double meanings such as the line "A lot of people acting green like a grass hopper - but won't admit tanks ain't green - to be Frank like Sinatra," or "Greed should be locked up. It leaves a Pitt in my stomach like Angelina knocked up.” Another is aimed at the government’s handling of Hurricane Katrina as he raps “I resist Uncle Sam like Geronimo and his band – my theories hold water – unlike FEMA’s dams.”

The names of the songs on this CD make it clear that the album covers a wide range of political topics such as healthcare, immigration, bigotry, the environment, the educational system, apathy, poverty, and a lot more. “Tha Mis-Education of the Masses” album also features Tha Truth rapping in Spanish, at different speeds, and alongside collaborating artists like Ryan Harvey, T.O, and Optimus of Boston's Foundation Movement. On the song “The Struggle (La Lucha) Tha Truth summarizes his message, “There’s no argument that stands up against human decency – how can we have a world – where people are starvin- and obesity.” This CD comes in packaging made from recycled paper and a tray holding the CD in place made from 100% recycled bottles.

Tha Truth began writing rhymes in 1998 but it took the influence of a conscious rap artist he befriended to begin questioning his lyrics, which were more of the gangsta rap variety in the late 90's. As he grew, he learned there were answers to his questions about injustice in society, and he began to articulate political insight and struggle into his music. With each CD he aims to continually evolve with his insight, lyricism, and his overall musical production.











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Rick T

Tha Truth is The Artist I've Been Waiting For
This CD is sick. Every song is mad good and the lyrics are hard hitting. I love Tha Truth’s drive and what he is about. It's motivating. I wanna be a part of getting his voice out to the people so they can hear "Tha Truth" and everything people need to hear about life and the people around us. I always thought that we needed an artist that stood up to the usual music we hear and actually stood for something. Even though Tha Truth isn’t gay it is cool that he is down with it and for equality for all people. People need to hear this guy. Tha Truth is the artist I have been waiting for

Touch The Clouds

Proving that he is one of a kind
Do not think for one moment that Tha Truth has lost a step because of the 2-year gap between this album and its predecessor, "THA PEOPLE'S MUSIC". If anything, he spent that time gaining momentum. Never one to rest on any standard formula, Tha Truth has diversified his music even more this time around. The classical strings, jazz piano, drum machines, and heavy metal guitars that fans have come to expect on his albums are joined by acoustic folk guitars, Native American flutes, and a few mores surprises. THE STRUGGLE (LA LUCHA) rails against corporate giants like McDonald's and Coke who make their living feeding us garbage. For the first time, he delivers some of his rhymes in Spanish, seemlessly switching languages. The Spanish language makes a few more impressive appearances throughout the album. FREEDOM FIGHTERS talks about the elitists that seem to run everything while many of the people go hungry. It features a speech by Cornell West backed by a powwow drum. That's right. Just when you think you've heard it all, a rapper gets a powwow drum. Since many will argue that Native Americans are among the most oppressed people in the nation, the drum makes perfect sense. WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS is a lesson in brotherhood featuring Native American flutes alongside piano, synthesizer, and drum machine. On TRUTH WITH A SIDE OF HUMOR, we get to hear Tha Truth crack a few jokes while tackling serious subjects like the great George Carlin. He's a truly gifted comic who does Carlin's legacy proud. IF DR. KING WAS HERE TODAY is a speech from the legendary freedom fighter that is just as relevant today as it was more than 40 years ago. Tha Truth's sense of humour shines on MONEY VS. TRUTH, in which he pretends to be a big shot athlete bragging about his women, cars, and money. He shows just how stupid those people are with his cutting, sarcastic delivery. Anna Baltzer is a Jewish activist for Palestinian rights. She joins Tha Truth for CRIMES IN PALESTINE, a song that makes the connection between the oppression of the Palestinians and Native Americans. Universal healthcare advocates have another anthem in MEDICARE FOR ALL, a song that rails against insurance corporations whose only duty is to their own profit margins. THE FUNCTION OF POVERTY ends the album with the simple fact that poverty is what keeps the filthy rich where they are. In 2008, Tha Truth said that "THA PEOPLE'S MUSIC" could have been his final album. With "THA MISEDUCATION OF THE MASSES", it looks like he is just getting started.

J Baez

One of the Best and most Important of All-time!
Tha Truth is a heavy brother! I am retired and have developed a voracious appetite for socio/political conscious hip hop and Tha Truth ranks at the top, along with Paris, Dead Prez, KRS-One, Immortal Technique, A-Alikes and Public Enemy; but I’m sure he knows this. I have downloaded all of his CDs and this one (Tha MisEducation) is my favorite, although I appreciate them all! The People need to finally come to their senses and overthrow this corportocracy we've been taught to call a democracy. Bless Tha Truth!

Lee

FANTASTIC
I thought it wasn't possible...pass his prime? NEVER, Tha Truth manages to reinvent himself and expand as an artist. The satire, metaphors, THE BEATS, and I had no clue dude was BILINGUAL and this is his FOURTH album! My favorites tracks vary with my mood but my top five (It's really a close call) in know particular order. 1) MONEY VS. TRUTH (makes you laugh, dance, and it has wicked beat too!) 2) FREEDOM FIGHTERS (Make me want to go start a revolution!) 3) IT'S LIKE (Crazy flow and Metaphors but still hits you with that knowledge! Old Skool Jay-Z 22 two's with better content ) 4) TRUTH WITH A SIDE OF HUMOR (Definitely a riding vibe and BEYOND FUNNY!) 5) REBEL MUSIC (UNRATEABLE) THIS NEW ALBUM IS BEYOND WORDS! I QUESTION EVERYTHING AND SO SHOULD YOU SO JUST CHECK IT OUT!

Lonewolf

Inspiring
I will be raising awareness of this project like a madman, it totally encompasses what I as a human being stand for... Tha Truth states things so clearly and to the youth who want to make a difference it is educational and inspiring to the utmost. I Especially am into the song “Function of Poverty.” This CD is knowledge about the type of change we need to work for in our communities... Tha Truth is a very knowledgeable man, and as a fellow artist I’d be honored to work with him.

Brian B.

Nobody does it like Tha Truth
I appreciate Tha Truth’s style because he raps about all the issues that are pushed under the rug. There is so much subject content that needs to be expressed musically. There is much more to life and what is going on in the world particularly the U.S. than cars, money, clothes, killing someone, and sexing women. I am a maverick researcher on ALL topics, so it is really refreshing to my girlfriend and I to hear this music. There are a few artists in the industry who I like but they don't take it as far as they could with the level of consciousness like Tha Truth does. I don't know if they are concerned that their audience won’t overstand or they just don't know much more. My favorite songs on this CD are track #'s 3,4,5,6,7,10,11,13,16,20. I like all the subject matter and lyrics on all Tha Truth’s albums though.

Dan

What People Need to Hear
I'm a fan of political hip hop. Tha Truth is one of my favorites because he actually raps about real issues and knows what’s going on. When I first heard of him, I checked out his music and then immediately bought all his albums. All four of them are great so I really can’t just pick one as my favorite. I’m hoping he puts out another CD soon!

Coy McKinney

This artist is worth checking out and supporting
I am glad I got this CD. Tha Truth is a "real" hip-hop artist I've been telling people about. On his album Tha Peoples Music, which I also have, he included part of a speech that my mom (Cynthia McKinney) gave while running for President in 2008 (with the Green Party). I really appreciate Tha Truth’s pursuit of social justice and how he approaches it.

Andrew

Tha Truth delivers his best work so far
If you haven't listened to this guy yet you gotta hear what he has to say. If you have heard him you know the message he delivers and how he kicks ass when he brings it. This is a great follow up to his previous cd Tha People's Music. A lot of important issues are brought up, his writing style has evolved even more, and the cds got a lot of great guest appearances on it.

I picked out a few of my favorite tracks which are the two he did w/ T.O. the title track, and Freedom Fighters, though it's hard for me to say cause everytime I listen to this cd I've always listened to the whole thing.

If you buy this make sure you get the actual cd, cause there's a great list of resources that you can go to and be a part of to make a difference. Plus the cd case is made from recycled paper and plastic which is cool as hell (you'll only see an independent artist do something like that!)

Kyle Cheesewright

Some of The Best Music I've Found in a Long Time!
I discovered this CD when I was trying to find an album online by Dead Prez that I had lost. The resonances between the lyrics on the album, and the general experiences I was having through being involved with the Occupy movement got me wicked hooked. Tha Truth’s material is some of the best music I've stumbled over in quite some time. I appreciate his conscious lyrics that articulate the current social state in an interesting and on-point way. I was also quite amazed that he does it all without profanity, which has let me play a variety of the tracks from Tha Truth’s albums on the local community radio station (WDBX) here in Southern Illinois. Plus, his references to popular culture are pretty great. Out of the four that I've purchased, Tha People's Music and this one are my favorite albums. On Tha People’s Music I particularly enjoy both of The Real Histories and Truth & Unity is also pretty amazing. My overall favorite album though, is Tha Miseducation. The double punch of Mental Zombies and Rage Against the System are my favorite two tracks.
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