I'm not exaggerating – this really is the baddest, most absolutely
fucking flagrant gangster rap moment of 2012, and perhaps since Mr.
Lif's “I Heard It Today.” If anybody has a comparable new video
that so speaks to the soul of poor America – or that rings such
loud alarms about the menacing thugs who have terrorized us – then
please send it over. But I haven't seen one yet. There's a load of
exciting political hip-hop happening – this isn't one of those
rants. Still the cut before you goes above and beyond, plus it has a
killer backstory to boot.
profiled in the Phoenix earlier this year, Antonio Ennis
(a/k/a Twice Thou) is a Boston rap legend of the highest order. For
starters, he was down from day one, having run with Almighty RSO,
Made Men, and all of the major label madness and high-profile
controversy that came with those roles. Ennis is also a notorious
street fashion icon; his Antonio Ansaldi fashion label, a favorite of
heavyweights like DMX over the years, is best known for creating the
much-maligned “Stop Snitching” line.
the economic tsunami hit, Ennis found himself in the situation of
countless other Americans – in danger of losing his house, and all
out of credit. That's when a neighbor turned him onto City Life/Vida
Urbana, a Jamaica Plain nonprofit and advocacy force that fights
tirelessly to protect homeowners. Through City Life, Ennis was
empowered to help his own family, and subsequently became hyped to
help others do the same.
after being dormant on the music scene for some time, Ennis began
recording again as Twice Thou. Only this time, instead of spitting
raw aggression against block rivals, the villains in his crosshairs
have white collars and big salaries. Much like how Almighty RSO
illustrated the gangster hedonism that Ennis embraced for years, “The
Bank Attack” reflects his current hustle to restore economic
the video, Ennis just dropped a 28-track album – also called The
Bank Attack – that aims for CEOs and lobbyists from front to
back. And while he's not the only one fighting entrenched finance
industry cockroaches, this really is a rap milestone. Because while
bloated mainstream gasbags might claim to fight for real people, at
the same time they're throwing money and celebrity behind the
president, and ignoring the fight right here on the ground.
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