LISTEN: Push Push and Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Share the Cathartic “ACAB”

The South African rapper delivers an intense electro-pop single with a pretty straightforward message.

Not that anything that’s happened so far in 2020 could have possibly been predicted a year ago, but the recent progress in terms of police abolition in American seems to be as surprising to those of us pushing for it as it is to those in uniform. Thanks to social media and cellphone cameras, the awareness of police brutality—and the diminishing myth of “a few bad apples”—has remarkably taken the national spotlight away from a global pandemic, with the acronym “ACAB” resounding more ubiquitously than ever.

One thing we could predict was that the hip-hop community would be quick to respond to the murder of George Floyd and its ensuing global protests. With singles denouncing our police state and white supremacy still pouring in, the latest from Push Push marks a notable shift from rage-infused rhymes to nearly danceable electronic chaos. Tapping Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova, the South African rapper is sharing a machine-gun single where she drops no-longer-all-that-radical lines like “Defund these motherfuckers, fund dissent.”

“Cruelty and racism in the police force isn’t a bug, it’s a feature,” she shared with the announcement of the track and the news that all proceeds for it would benefit over seventy community bail funds through ActBlue. “We must abolish the police if we are ever to achieve the common goal of living a life with dignity. We are not ok until we are all OK.”

Try to keep up with the track below.

 

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