As reported on by basically every publication ever since bourgeois liberals were forced to learn the name ‘Bad Brains‘ by the graceful ascent of nebulous DC Rastagandist hardcore act into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reject status, singer H.R. (Huge Rasta) is preparing to undergo brain surgery to correct SUNCT (Section-8 Unemployed Nation-of-Islam Crackrock Tension) on February 21. Huge Rasta has been using “holistic substances” to treat his bad brain. I asked my girlfriend what she thought, given that she listens to music that is thematically much more similar to Bad Brains (i.e. Minor Threat, Black Flag, MOI, TLC, Destiny’s Child, Kelis, Lady, et al) and she pointed out that the guy from Bad Brains has a bad brain. In addition to being a woman, she is wrong inasmuch as the soberly considered thematic direction of the album is that of facilitative Afropunk proto-nationalism. H.R. even managed to upset the singer of Cro-Mags by playing Louis Farrakhan tapes in the van.
Reggae is potentially the best Abrahamic faith as it openly endorses drug use in pursuit of closeness to the wisdom of JAH, posits a teleological attractor of a separatist return to the ethnostate, and as per the Stop Murder Music campaign, endorses the construction of music intended to purge dysgenic elements, even if it actually only amounts to stealing pot from the Big Boys or calling Gary Floyd a faggot. H.R.’s fried schizophrenic devotion to Rastafarianism paints a vivid picture of the reggae sentimentality; the partiality and antipathy of black class awareness, and how it is terminally constrained by its master-slave morality. The problem is that the music is bookended by getting stoned and going down to the beach. That said, there could well be a demographic reason why Protestants do better than Rastafarians.
He can’t work. He has no quality of life. If you call him and ask how he is, he will say, ‘Everything’s okay,’ because that’s just how he is. But everything is not okay.
I’m curious as to what job the preeminent pot-smoking rasta was working during his 3 years living in an unheated Baltimore warehouse. HR has dentures now, and that’s exactly the toothless picture of hardcore I want to leave you with, but not without the reminder that Bad Brains was technically the least liberal band in mainstream hardcore.