Askari X of the Black Imperial Society -Promotin' the Revolution


root - Posted on 28 April 2002

by Staff Writer

After 10 years in the HipHop industry, Askari X, of the Black Imperial Society, is ready to promote the revolution on an international stage. On his new album, Revolutionary Suicide, due to drop on Huey Newton's birthday on February 17, Askari is taking his lyrical capabilities to new heights. He has teamed up with Tajai of Souls of Mischief, M-1 of Dead Prez, The Righteous Black Guerrillas, Mahasin, Nuttso, and Hittaz on the Payroll to put down some historical collaborations. His past albums were Ward of the State which dropped in 1992, Message to the Blackman which dropped in 1996, and The Return of Askari X which dropped in 2G. Revolutionary Suicide will be Askari's fourth album, and is named after a book of the same name written by Huey Newton, cofounder of the Black Panther Party.

Within Askari X's decade long career, his lyrics have made him a legend in the streets of "The Town" of Oakland, California. Revolutionary lyrics like these from the song "I Ain't Scared to Die" on the new Revolutionary Suicide, "I know that the system is responsible for the condition of my Black folkz in the ghetto/all across America, the funk is deep/I put the message in the music to wake you up out your sleep/ but how could I keep/ my head above the waters when the source of the currents is pulling me harder than I can swim" are exactly what has made Askari a household name in the West. He has been featured on almost every Delinquents album, he did a number of songs with 3x Crazy, and recently recorded a song by the name of "Taha" with D'Wayne Wiggins of Tony Toni Tone. 2002 will be a big year for Askari because he is scheduled to do songs with Yukmouth of the Luniz, Mystic, Digital Underground, The Coup, Planet Asia, Zion I, Hieroglyphics, and Keek the Sneak.

If you are interested in seeing Askari X online, you can go to launch.com to see the "Oakland Streets" video. When the album drops you will be able to order it online from urbanfacez.com. If you are interested in getting more information or booking Askari for a show, you can contact the Black Imperial Society at bis@scientist.com.

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