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Rattex ft. Ben Sharpa 'The Government'

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In the spirit of #OccupyOakland and the rest of the movement, but really in the spirit of how we've been feeling for some time now, here's a throwback from Pioneer Unit MCs Rattex and Ben Sharpa. Spitting in a combination isiXhosa, english and Cape Flats slang, Rah and Sharpa call out "The Government" over a brass-instrumented banger reminiscent of Just Blaze gems.

Photo by Meztli Yoalli Rodríguez

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