Jamo Gang is back with a politically-charged video for their anthemic cut titled “Francis Scott Key.” The track is a heavy-hitting jam that sees the trio of Ras Kass, El Gant, and J57 vividly exploring America’s past and present issues with inequality and oppression. Jamo Gang pulls from the fact that America’s anthem was forged from violence and oppression—and they put it on blast with major lyrical middle fingers. The track is an anthem in its own right, but more about protesting for what’s right and just, and Brian Sachsen embodies that spirit in the video.
The track stems from their well-received recently released full-length LP, Walking With Lions, which shares its name with the American lawyer best known for writing the US national anthem—“The Star-Spangled Banner”—who composed the lyrics while watching as British forces bombarded Fort McHenry in 1814 (as part of the War Of 1812).
In addition to fired-up visuals of Ras, Gant, and J57 with the American flag as the backdrop, the video centers on America’s past and present issues with inequality and oppression. It’s a powerful reminder of where this nation came from, and what needs to be addressed if anything’s going to change.