If you’ve been an activist in Orange County for the past couple of years, chances are you’ve seen Scott Keltic Knot at a rally proclaiming “Ningún Ser Humano es Ilegal!” (No human being is illegal) through spoken word poetry. Transforming that slogan into song he transitions into hip-hop for his debut album Break the Bank. The eleven-track bilingual effort–Scott Keltic Knot speaks better Spanish than pochos like me!–is produced by El Gallo Negro with another beat dropped by Sherman Austin. The strength of Break the Bank is in its political intellect. On the title track, the spoken word artist turned rapper provocatively asks of neoliberalism, “If a rising tide lifts all boats/ How come poor folks can’t float?” On other offerings, he rhymes about water politics on “This is a Desert” and tells people to turn off their sprinklers! Who else in hip-hop is doing shit like that?
Read more about Hydropolitical Hip-Hop on my latest OC Weekly Heard Mentality Blog post: