Originally Published in City Pulse, Lansing, Michigan
Get up. Get into it. Get involved.
Are you going to disobey James Brown? That would be unwise, according to Detroit neo-funk mainstay Nadir.
Nadir gives you funk for your grind and funk for your mind. He reaches into rock, hip hop, world beat and jazz, but keeps his feet planted in goldenage funk.
â€œJames Brown saying â€˜Get Involvedâ€™ is what our popular music is supposed to do,â€ Nadir said. â€œItâ€™s supposed to encourage us and move us forward, not talk about buying a Bentley, Benz or Beamer â€” none of which is an American-made car, by the way.â€
Nadir likes to keep it positive, but right now he canâ€™t stop gnawing on a bone: rapper Lloyd Banksâ€™ hit single, â€œBeamer, Benz or Bentley.â€
Nadirâ€™s cousin, who is in the Air Force, is about to be deployed in [Iraq]. Several friends of his have done multiple tours. One of Nadirâ€™s latest tracks, â€œGuantanamo,â€ is a notso-gentle reminder the nation is still at war.
â€œHow can you sit there and talk about my Beamer, Benz, or Bentley?â€ he fumed. In his view, â€œkeeping it realâ€ has become an empty catchphrase. â€œGangsta rappers are talking about all this money theyâ€™ve got, and we know everybody is broke.â€