Prince and Andre 3000 are just a couple of high-powered artists set to appear on the upcoming album from Dr. Cornel West. The famed professor of Religion and African American Studies at Princeton University has long been an outspoken social figure and will continue to air his views regarding the N-word, Sept. 11, racial profiling, the Bush administration and more on Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations.
“This is a very political album that doesn’t pull any punches,” West said. “There are critiques of the Bush administration as well as of unaccountable corporate power, unaccountable police power and homophobia. We’re trying to get young people to wake up and recognize they’re part of a great tradition of struggle, to become organized and fight for freedom and justice.”
Other artists include KRS-One, Talib Kweli, Rhymefest, the late Gerald Levert and Killer Mike.
West expressed admiration of another artist who doesn’t appear on the compilation.
“I’ve never met Lupe Fiasco, but I like that brother,” West said. “Oh, lord, he’s a free, young brother who honestly speaks his mind. That brother hits American terrorism, the American empire and still talks about his skateboard. I love that kind of freedom because, in the end, we’ve all got to be ourselves and that takes courage.”
Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations. is due June 19.
Track list for Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations.
“Bushanomics,” featuring Talib Kweli
“America,” featuring Black Thought, Rah Digga, Iriz & Lucky Witherspoon
“Dear Mr. Man,” featuring Prince
“N Word,” featuring Tavis Smiley & Michael Eric Dyson
“Welcome to Chi,” featuring Rhymefest, Neo-Abassy & Malik Yosef
“Mr. President,” featuring KRS-One & M-1
“Keep It PI,” featuring Killer Mike, Doey, Roc & Lucky Witherspoon
“Chronometrophobia,” featuring Andre 3000
“Gonne Be Alright,” featuring Dave Hollister & Chuckii Booker
“Matter Of,” featuring Lenny Williams
“Soul Sista,” featuring Daryl Moore
“The Man’s Gonna Getcha,” featuring Gerald Levert