MR J Medeiros has a new song called Books & Pastels which is being released in conjunction with La Famille…I’m going to let Mr J tell more about it below because it’s his project …. be sure to get more information from Mr J Medeiros on his website here support real artists and real art…..don’t let the manipulation of history dilute the message of those who died in the name of progress and change
After walking into a “fashion forward” clothing store, I noticed the famous “street wear” brand “Crooks and Castles” were selling a T-Shirt with Malcom X’s image on it. They also used one of his famous quotes “By any means necessary” within their “fashionable” design.
NOW, given the self proclaimed image of this famous “street wears’” “brand” (Taken from their facebook bio) “We at Crooks & Castles have always routed for the villain whether it be in a movie, a comic book, a novel, a rap song or everyday life.” and going even further to say, “Crooks & Castles”! The concept was easy. “Crooks”, criminals, pimps, hustlers, thieves, etc. And “Castles” those who got rich by becoming a crook.”- I asked myself “WHAT THE HELL DOES THIS HAVE TO DO WITH MALCOM X????”-
If any genre of music, style of clothing, or force for counter culture has a responsibility to the image and message of African American hero’s -it’s Hip Hop. “Street Wear” brands like “Crooks and Castles” tie themselves to Hip Hop’s built in fan base using the image, culture, and music to support its branding/finances. If your going to do so- do it with some respect. Calling Malcom X a “Crook” and twisting his statement “By any means necessary” to support a “villains” way of securing wealth or a “Castle” is an attempt at re-writing history for the soul purpose of profit…thanks “Christopher Columbus”.
This song is called “Books and Pastels” and it’s not going to change the world. It’s not going to put a single dent in “Crooks and Castles” following. Why? Because guns on a T- Shirt are COOL! They just are. This song is a song about principles- ones you can’t destroy with a T-Shirt. In support of this exclusive track I worked with French clothing company