Video + Lyrics : Black/Other (@blackslashother) — Windmills

Check out the power­ful new track by UK Hip Hop col­lect­ive Black/Other. Be sure to read the lyr­ics… ignit­ing the know­ledge in Hip Hop.


Broth­er Por­trait (Hadiru Adesimi)

March opens as a pre­lude to spring

That purple sun­set an invit­a­tion to sin

Prom­ise I’ll be on my way before we see the day

Bird song sound­ing like some­thing you might sing

Check the melody

Fight for the right to make love, change and memor­ies

A new road, bet­ter path for our souls

To be born free and not to meet it in the cemetery

Might not get there in a life­time but hope is the life­line

Sen­ti­ments sed­i­ment in my mind

The depth at which dream­ing and dread seem to com­bine

Tek time

Let not des­pair be your down­fall, fed so many lies I can­’t swal­low what a mouth­ful

Since the days of Hor­licks and black­cur­rent Cal­pol

A broth­er was that boy in the corner look­ing doubt­ful

But around com­rades I grew, found coun­sel and fur­ther­more love myself


So there ain’t a bar­ri­er that’s insur­mount­able

Action without hes­it­a­tion, rhyme book a pack of hard­back leath­er bound agit­a­tion

Pen a burn­ing spear all my breth­in cre­ation rebel hearts

Chan­el­ling the anger in the nation

See either we choke on our tongues or we speak up

Rather kick back than sit back get a move on

Cos tra­di­tion has it when this sea­son comes we clean up

And shit we been shit­ted on for too damn long


Joshua Hans

Get­ting hassled on the under­ground young and unshaved

Black and unsettled, I’m a rebel cum saint..

Come through your neig­bour­hood and make the dev­il dun faint

And, make queer what the dev­il done straight..

Guys with straight lines who did the dev­il’s dumb aims

I ain’t even got money for the oyster at the offy

Taste of stale cof­fee from the night before

I light the draw up, like man I need to write some more

And, not catch drift with the irrel­ev­ance

I keep rolling with the wis­dom of the ele­phants

Look, I’m just tryna show love up in a jungle of hate

And those with grind pains from the hun­ger relate

Keep wish­in that we’re young­er now we numbered our days

See there’s beauty in sur­viv­al and the hard times

In these weeks full of long days and half nights

I pull my zip up, my hat down, my scarf tight

And close my eyes and med­it­ate now it’s half time

I close my eyes and strategise now it’s half time


Theo Ike­chi

I was born con­scious there is four pro­spects

live, strive, fuck then die to restore what’s left

Gods call­ing mani­fest’s through flesh

So one day you may live to see a proph­et or proph­et­ess

I twist and turn as I cross the street, con­tor­ted peace

This hol­low struc­ture that sup­ports my feet what if I fall beneath?

A blind man but with five senses

Lost his way and ain’t head­ing where the wise are destined

You need to climb the walls of babylon to find what I and I is left with

Without your Nike jump­er pon ya skin or dia­mond neck­lace

Who are you? who am I? who are we?

Just human beings seek­ing to achieve wheth­er its kind or bru­tally

Catch a thrill inno­cent blood spills on battle fields

Man are raised from war like poppy’s not daf­fodils

Real mor­al justice ain’t the way that the law puts it

So to embrace the rose gotta tackle the thorn bushes

Were black men, men of dreams

Soon to col­our your spir­its like gren­ad­ine

An expres­sion of love is numb­ing like anaes­thesia

Had to refrain from bun­ning that damn amne­sia

Yeah were black men, men of dreams

Soon to col­our your spir­its like gren­ad­ine.

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Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal

Edit­or / PR Con­sult­ant at No Bounds
Rishma Dhali­w­al has extens­ive exper­i­ence study­ing and work­ing in the music and media industry. Hav­ing writ­ten a thes­is on how Hip Hop acts as a social move­ment, she has spent years research­ing and con­nect­ing with artists who use the art form as a tool for bring­ing a voice to the voice­less. Cur­rently work­ing in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media know­ledge to I am Hip Hop and oth­er pro­jects by No Bounds.

About Rishma Dhaliwal

Rishma Dhaliwal
Rishma Dhaliwal has extensive experience studying and working in the music and media industry. Having written a thesis on how Hip Hop acts as a social movement, she has spent years researching and connecting with artists who use the art form as a tool for bringing a voice to the voiceless. Currently working in TV, Rishma brings her PR and media knowledge to I am Hip Hop and other projects by No Bounds.