Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, and the day that memorializes him and all he stood for, as one of the most significant Civil Rights Activists of all time, is a profoundly influential day to launch a music video inspired by the civil unrest triggered by the George Floyd Murder. The two-part song/music video "Enough" addresses the Country's renewed passion for pursuing social justice while confronting the ever-present tensions of systemic racism and racial inequality.
(Black PR Wire) TV writer and music writer/producer Jeff Mustard was, like most people, incensed by the George Floyd murder. Instead of merely stewing and watching endless reruns of police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck until he finally stopped screaming "I can't breathe," followed by mass protests throughout the country that dominated the news for many months, Mustard was inspired to write a song about what happened to Mr. Floyd and how the nation reacted. The lyrics and hip-hop/rap delivery of the Song were significantly inspired by Lin Manuel Miranda's “Hamilton."
Mustard titled the two-part song/mini-LP "Enough." Says Mustard, "this was a fitting title given that it captures the sentiment of the country's outrage over the needless killing of black men and women in the country." Says Mustard, "Each part stands on its own, and each was produced as a stand-alone song and a music video, respectively. "But taken together," adds Mustard, "the two-parts together reflect 400 years of history of the African American experience and what is happening in the country today." Mustard incorporated critical phrases in the lyrics that are representative of the slogans seen and heard during the protests and rallies: "I can't breathe," "No justice no peace," "Black Lives Matter," as well as keyword references around which both verses and choruses were built - such as "chokeholds no more," "Like Colin take a knee," and even the "time" of 8:46, which is how long officer Chauvin had his knee on Mr. Floyd's neck. Ideally, Mustard would like to see this song played when the George Floyd 25' foot Face Hologram is shown. "The lyrics and message of the video is the ultimate tribute to the current societal movement and to George Floyd," says Mustard.
Song/Music Video - Part 1 - "How We Got Here”
The song title "How We Got Here" is a wordplay/double entendre. At about 300 words, comprising 15 verses and one chorus, the Song is produced to a fast tempo at 125 BPM. Part 1 is a condensed history lesson of African American enslavement, going back 400 years to England when African Americans were forced to come to the newly forming nation (the United States) and work as slave labor on plantations.
Song/Music Video - Part II - "Arrest, Death, Revolution”
The approx 450 words of this movement, "Arrest, Death, Revolution," bring us to "this moment" in time, triggered by Mr. Floyd's tragedy. Produced at 80 BPM, this track maintains a steady, slower, but no less classic hip-hop rap beat style and delivery, allowing the listener to absorb the lyrics and powerful message of the Song. Part II is 4:00 and comprises 16 verses and six choruses. Mostly, the "song" continues the "systemic racism" message and theme. It accentuates the here and now in the face of the George Floyd murder, invoking the ever-present racism message that continues to lurk beneath the veneer of our society. It also reinforces the historical, social injustice, and inequality themes reflected in Movement I.
Enough - The Music Video
The vocal artist for the Song is Ethan Dangerwing, a rapper known as the Vulture, a prominent South Florida visual artist (photographer), and music performer. The music video was shot and produced on a 16-acre farm in West Lantana, Florida. The farm, Sons and Daughters Farm and Winery, remarkably, and through cosmic divinity, is owned by the Jones Family. In 2015, 31-year-old African American artist, Corey Jones, a drummer, and all-around good-guy, well-respected and well-loved in Delray Beach, Florida, where he worked and lived was shot and killed. Corey Jones was murdered in West Palm Beach, Florida, by Nouman K. Raja, a policeman, who shot Jones in the back multiple times while Jones waited on the side of a highway ramp in the early morning of October 18th, 2015, for a tow truck to help him with a disabled vehicle. Raja was sentenced to 25 years in prison. The murder garnered national attention at the time, including representation by prominent Civil Rights Attorney, Benjamin Crump.
About Jeff Mustard
Jeff Mustard is a multiple-award-winning writer and producer whose material has been produced for print, radio, and television. Since 2015 he has focused on writing exclusively for TV, Features, and Music. The George Floyd Murder inspired his creation of Equal Justice Studios, a media company focusing on producing projects amplifying social justice projects. Mustard will be releasing an shortly, “American Carnage” a four song compilation that features the degrading life, society and culture of America, and American’s under the Trump Administration.
Other songs written and soon to be produced under the media banner and album include "Insurrection," a Lady Gaga, Alicia Keys-style piano solo, a love song ballad to the Country under the Trump administration featuring references to the riots of January 6th, and other cultural atrocities and missteps coming out of the White House. "Confederate Free" a profoundly supportive song dedicated to the Anti-Confederate Statue Movement sweeping the Country. The track "Survived 45" is a single featuring the missteps of the Trump administration and havoc of the Covid Crisis, and "Corona Criminal," a gutsy, bluesy Mississippi Delta style song that grits and growls its way through the challenges facing marginalized communities during the Corona Virus Pandemic.
Jeff Mustard TV Shows/Projects
Mustard’s TV projects include a Limited Series TV Show, "Boycott," a prestige, historical-fiction, family-friendly series suited for network, cable, or streaming platforms. The female co-lead show forces two unremarkable women of New York City's Lower East Side to challenge and win a battle of "wit and will" against the most powerful business forces at the time in the country - the Beef Trust, a powerful monopoly President Theodore Roosevelt went after when he learned about the riots initiated by the women of the Lower East Side. Inspired by the 1902 Kosher Meat Boycott's actual life events, the rallies and protests were the nation's first and most potent female-led social activist movement.
Mustard has also adapted his multiple award-winning TV pilot as a musical stage play, "Boycott: A NYC 1902 Hip Hop Musical. Mustard has written six songs, comprising more than one hour of music, influenced significantly by Hamilton.
Mustard's other tv projects include "Exile," a six-season, historical fiction thriller, best described as a Cuban Count of Monte Cristo, set in Fidel Castro's Cuba circa 1960s and Miami, 1975. The post-cold-war thriller is a classic love, betrayal, revenge story set against the backdrop of a culturally and politically divisive Miami when fever tensions ran high with pro-and anti-Fidel Castro forces, the CIA, and covert government operatives clashed in the streets of the city, both sides fighting and seeking to influence American and global politics. http://exilefromcuba.com/
Listen to the Music, Watch the Music Video: www.EqualJusticeStudios.com