the new full-length album from Gangstagrass
no time for enemies
DROPPED august 14, 2020 yeah we did that in the middle of a pandemic
2020.08.15: “'If this land is yours, it’s certainly ours,' raps R-SON the Voice of Reason on this imaginative cover. ...with its processed banjo, record scratches, and verses that address some of Guthrie’s historical blind spots (“Assume the land is yours, but also take the blame/For native blood spilled/Tribes that fell ill”), Gangstagrass offers a most welcome renovation of the folkie national anthem."
2020.08.14: "In the collection of songs on this album, the group continues to purposefully and gleefully shatter and blur the lines between what is White music and what is Black music and presents to the listener a number of ready-made anthems and classics that easily rank as some of the most profound, outspoken, and boldest in American musical history. From the scorching and American history drenched opening number 'Freedom' to the inviting call to action that is 'Ride With You,' to the barriers of society attacking 'Working On That Chain,' to the politically pragmatic 'Do Better,' to the unapologetic and the diversity celebrating ‘What I Am,' and to the soaring, inspirational, and tear-inducing 'Your Land,' and of all the other songs in between on this album, the group is undeniably delivering an urgent and irrepressible message to all of us as American citizens right now." No Time For Enemies "is not only the album for 2020 but is also the sonic marker that establishes Gangstagrass as America’s band for this moment and for its foreseeable future."
"Gangstagrass may blend bars and banjos, but their music also feels a little rock n’ roll, a little rebellious. Their shows may be the only place where you can find a banjo picker wearing an American flag shirt, a rapper wearing a Black Power hoodie, and a drunk white lady dancing in the front row."
Live for Live Music
2020.08.12: With its inspiring messages of solidarity and struggle, No Time For Enemies offers a fresh take on the topics of social, racial, musical, and economic divisions that have only intensified over recent months. ...the band doubles down on their commitment to unity with lines like, “Yeah, the future is a bumpy ride—I wanna ride with you/We’ll be fighting fighting monsters till we die—I wanna ride with you/Just as long as you’re by my side—I wanna ride with you.”
2020.08.11: "The lyrics on this album are more political than on previous albums by the band, but music has a long history to responding to the socio-political situations at any given time. As a result, the lyrics provide a lot of food for thought. And that’s the point. The members of this band do a tremendous job of fusing traditional bluegrass sounds with hip-hop vocals and beats. In the process, they give the listener a unique experience."
2020.08.11:" "Gangstagrass’ blending of bluegrass and hip-hop textures may sound revolutionary in times as polarized as these, but it’s also downright necessary. Wisely kicking off the album with the statement-of-purpose anthem, 'Freedom,' Gangstagrass shows all of its cards early. Buoyed by the power of its chorus, 'Ain’t gonna wait no more to get this freedom,' 'Freedom' draws its melody from 'The Crawdad Song,' a traditional folk song that tellingly displays its roots in both African and Anglo-American traditions. Here, it’s used to demand not only a conversation but also action toward change and equality as each verse travels through the history of the Black experience in America, from slavery through Jim Crow and the present day where, sadly, its message still needs to be not only shared but shouted from every corner."