MUSIC NERD MOMENT OF THE DAY: dead prez – Animal in man

Recently, Lupe Fiasco released a song on the net entitled “Animal Pharm”, said to have been indirectly influenced by George Orwell’s classic novel Animal Farm, which he credits as having been inspired by events of the Russian Revolution. It got me to thinking about another song by a Hip Hop artist/duo that was indeed directly influenced by Orwell’s novel. This song is from the 2000 major label debut of dead prez, Let’s Get Free. Though a few of the names are not the same as in Orwell’s book, just taking a read of a few pages along with listening to the lyrics will show that and M-1’s song probably had read the book a few times in composing the lyrics to the song. I actually remember reading the book myself in 8th grade at Beaubien Middle School in Detroit, MI years ago. Not because it was for an assignment, but because my Dad suggested that I do. And I actually impressed some of my teachers in doing so. The first time hearing “Animal In Man”, I was taken back to reading the book for the first time. The moral of course is that, as one of the lines in the song goes, there’s a very thin line between animal and man. One of the most intriguing things about the song is how dead prez pretty much summed up the entire book in just over four minutes. For those that aren’t familiar, both the dead prez and the Lupe songs would probably make you want to go and read the book. But maybe that’s just the nerd in me talking. Anyway, this is one of the best joints from dead prez.

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