Last month Pharoahe Monch premiered his anti-police brutality anthem ‘Clap (One Day)’ to a sold out crowd at the Jazz Cafe in London, England. ‘Clap (One Day)’ is the new single from his upcoming album, ‘W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)’, to be released through W.A.R. Media and Duck Down in February 2011. This never seen before footage features Pharoahe performing the song alongside vocalists Showtyme and Mela Machinko, and DJ Boogie Blind.
Pharoahe explained the inspiration for the song; “Instead of protect and serve, police often escalate situations, as with the cases of Sean Bell, Oscar Grant, or Aiyana Stanley Jones, and hundreds more who fell victim to police violence. I wrote this song to express my frustration, as well as raise the question of how our communities can create safety and prevent violence, with out relying on police.”
The release of this footage coincided with yesterday’s National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality. This year is the 15th annual October 22nd, organized by communities around the country who commit to participating in local actions and events against police brutality, and work towards building community safety alternatives.