Field Mobb- Blacker The Berry #alltimefav
"Having a dark pigmentation was hard to make friends"
One of the hardest realities to face as a African-American in the good ol’ “US of A”, is dealing with the negative images/myths/history that have been constructed around the darker complexion of your skin. It’s not something you can hide, you’re born with the skin you have, and with that comes a lot of negative perceptions, and condemnation from others and not even going to mention what you have to yourself. It’s so deeply rooted into the American fabric that you might not notice it without a deep introspection/reflection outside/in.
Back in 2006 I had been following the career of Smoke and Shaun J who combined to form the group Field Mobb pretty closely. After signing a deal with Ludacris label Disturbing The Peace they released a single from this album that featured Ciara on the hook, and kept me as well from listening to this album for a bit. When I finally did though, eight tracks in I was enthralled to hear the 2pac Keep Yo’ Head Up vocal sample flipped into this amazing gem.
The songs appeal goes beyond merely the fantastic production, and underrated lyricism of duo. The fact that they are able to tackle this subject from the point of view from the perspective of the every day person sentiment is what resonates, and makes this(in my opinion) one of my favorites from their impressive catalog. The examples given of not being accepted in this society due to ones skin pigmentation ring very familiar personally, as also are the positive affirmations, role models one comes to when learning how to appreciate that very skin you were born in. In a more perfect world where a’ b’ & c’ isn’t required to be heard by the masses, this message would’ve been a much welcome reminder too all of a darker complexion . Regardless of the lack of mass-recognition outside of their own followers though, this song to this day remains a powerful reminder that we are beautiful people.
I thought I re-blog this one. Especially during times like these when many choose to still see us with darker skin in this country through the muddy lenses that have long overstayed their welcome.