Specialized Lies That Paralyze The Conscious

The conditioned have been conditioned to condition

They influence your mind to the point of submission

Unless you can load up the barrel with mental ammunition


An attack has been made on our mental health

See if they tell us what to think we can’t think for ourselves

All I’m asking is that you be aware

Of the psychological warfare


So don’t believe what they said

Get that shit out ya head.


Don’t believe these magazines telling you how to look

Reject their false history printed in the textbook

Don’t listen to a news anchor just cause he has a catchy name

Cause truth is they’re all just pawns in a much bigger game.


I keep saying they, and you wonder who I mean?

Believe me, if I knew…I’d dismantle their machine

Specialized Lies Mix
1. Intro – I wanted to start this mix off with just an example of what the media can get away with saying. Most of these quotes are from Fox News, the network notoriously known for it’s right wing racism and ignorance. The only difference I see between Fox News and other news programs is that Fox News doesn’t use subliminal messages, they’re much more forward. When the hosts aren’t spreading their hateful messages, they get their guests to do the dirty work for them. When they really want to say something racist but can’t, they bring in black guests (think Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks) to say it for them. In the rare event that a guest does make a good point contrary to their conservative beliefs, they quickly shut them up. These people are racists in denial, and convince other Americans to buy their ignorant bullshit. Now that you’ve seen the extreme, look for the more subliminal messages on your every day news program.
2. Propaganda by One Be Lo – Just think about it. Who is controlling your life? Who shaped your opinions?
3. Psychology by Dead Prez – “Don’t let them get in your head, they’ll try to probe you.” “Believe in none of what you hear and half of what you see.”
4. Interlude by Mumia Abu Jamal – So many good points here, just listen.
5. False Media by The Roots – The media uses fear to control us. All to make money and keep people from uprising against a flawed system.
6. Bin Laden Remix by Immortal Technique feat. Chuck D & KRS-One – There are more dangerous enemies in the world than the Taliban…
7. Turn Off The Radio by Ice Cube – And of course any form of true expression and people trying to shed light on our society is quickly silenced. Who do you think controls what gets played and what doesn’t? The same people who are making the big money off of Hip Hop, and they want to keep it that way.
8. Twinkle Interlude by Erykah Badu – I don’t know where to tell you to start. But you should get mad and refuse to accept the society that has been created.
9. Testify by Rage Against The Machine – This song talks about how Americans have become dependent on the media. We have come to need the nightly news to make sense of the world and cheap date movies to teach us about love.
10. Don’t Believe The Hype by Public Enemy – The first step is to question everything that is being taught to you. Who is really teaching it to you and where did that information come from? Don’t believe the hype.
11. Malcolm X Interlude – The way history has been documented completely supports the way society is today. “Until lions have their historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunters.”~ African Proverb
12. Nature Of The Threat by Ras Kass- The truth is that America (and current status of Earth in general) was built on hate, enslavement, and the idea of superiority.
13. Brothaz (9th Wonder Remix) by Mr. Lif – There are some stories that the media doesn’t cover. The genocides in Africa aren’t covered because of the true reason why they exist: “How could colonized minds lead to such uncivilized times? Maybe the tribes were harmonious and you were erroneous.” It’s easier for some people to act like their wrongdoings in the past have no effect on the present than to accept responsibility and seek change.
14. The Revolution Will Not Be Televised by Gil Scott Heron – If a change is ever to come, it won’t be televised. The people in control of America right now are so content with their way of life and so apathetic of other people’s way of life that they’ll never want change.
15. Wishing by Edo. G & Masta Ace – I wanted to end on a positive note. Who knows, maybe there is still hope. We can be dreamers…
16. Outro – The one thing that they don’t want you to do is educate yourself. Read a book.
Disclaimer: These are my opinions, and I don’t expect a lot of you to accept them, but just think about it.
I’d love to get some feedback on this mix.

7 Responses to “Specialized Lies That Paralyze The Conscious”

  1. 1 fade
    March 1, 2008 at 5:57 am

    dis mix here is straight heat man props peace n im out latez

  2. 2 cashteck11
    March 1, 2008 at 6:14 am

    i love you schorsch (as much as I love tea & crumpets, Hugh Grant, & rotten teeth) but you wear that t shirt every day.

  3. 3 Kat
    March 4, 2008 at 5:51 am

    Matt! I’m like, worst blog-reader ever. So I forgot to leave a comment, and am doing so in protest of ACTUALLY studying for my Latin test tomorrow.

    So, I listened to your latest mix, and if the teach’s want a way to measure your progress, have them read my comments: SCHORSCH IS GETTING BETTER AT THIS. I SWEAR.

    not that there was ever a “bad” mix. I like the raw tones, the unedited, and how you carefully select each participant’s song as a careful political commentary directly connected to your weekly theme; it’s the world as you see it, how we feel it, and how artists interperate it.

    Keep up the good work, I am sorry you have been depressed this week, I’ll check back on Friday.

  4. 4 Clare
    March 11, 2008 at 1:24 am

    You edited my comment you bitch, and youll probably edit this one too. you suck lets go to pitchfork please?

  5. 5 Graham
    March 13, 2008 at 1:39 am

    just finally got around to listening to this one on my run day, it’s easily the best one yet. the intro is HOT! i can’t remember the last time i thought an intro was so good. your transitions between songs are sounding a lot more professional too, like a real mixtape. the song selection is also tops as per usual.

    hearing that ras kass brought me baaaack. i really can’t get down with stuff like that these days. dude’s got a great voice and really excels on the conceptual tip, but man, that track is basically bigotry disguised as “truth.”

    i’ma keep going. hip hop obviously has its issues with misogyny and racism, but it really irks me how prevalent homophobia still is in hip hop. while misogyny and racism still exist in hip hop (shit, they exist in most genres of music that utilize the english language), there have been more than enough songs over the past 30 years explaining how we need to work w/ whitey and love our women and whatnot, so confronting those issues definitely is in the collective hip hop consciousness. but i’ve yet to come across a rap song that questions why hip hop culture is so aggressive towards homosexuals. to hear ras kass condemn greek society on the grounds that it was homosexual (i guarentee it was around in egypt and long before that too), or to hear immortal technique bring forth his “revolution” songs and use gay slurs in an agressive, antagonistic manor (as opposed to the common adoption of nigga as a term of endearment by MCs), makes me think these dudes really have no clue. it’s behavior that’s completely as ignorant as the idealogy they preach against. the closest i’ve come to a rap song that questions the homophobia in the genre is one of common’s verses in “between me, you and liberation,” which is really important, but that song also focus on like 3 other “big” issues. i think this topic needs a tune where the focus remains exclusively on it, it’s that important.

    /rant over.

  6. 6 mashpg
    March 13, 2008 at 2:07 am

    thanks graham…spent a loooot of time on that intro. i mean i feel like when my mixes have a strong theme and message it shows in the quality of my transitions and effort. but if i’m just doing a mix without a real message then i’ll just put songs together (still takes a while). and expect to get both from me…

    i see what you’re saying about the nature of the threat. but at the same time, history taught in schools is basically bigotry (albeit very subtle and subliminal) disguised as “truth”. the real “truth” lies somewhere in between.

    homophobia is an issue in hip hop that often gets overlooked. i couldn’t agree more…and even common has his share of homophobic lines (probably because some people question his sexuality). honestly, i think that homophobia is something deeply rooted in black culture, and hip hop often reflects that. you made some real valid points, but honestly…i can’t foresee a change in the homophobia in hip hop for a long time, which is a shame.

    you should check out this documentary called Hip Hop: Beyond Beats & Rhymes. I can’t stand documentaries bashing Hip Hop anymore (so rare to find documentaries on all the positive impacts Hip Hop has had) but it has a strong focus on homophobia in Hip Hop.


    thanks for the feedback again graham, peace.

  7. 7 Graham
    March 15, 2008 at 4:20 pm

    one of the 1000 reasons common is my favorite MC of all time is because he confronted his personal homophobia and worked it into his art. as you mentioned, common had more than his share of gay-bashing lines in his early albums, but he really started working that out of his system between life water for chocolate and electric circus. just one of his many cool features in my eyes.

    as far as homophobia’s deep roots in black culture goes goes, i was hesitant to say something along those lines in my original post as i feel like i don’t truly know black culture well enough to make that statement, but i will say that the gay rights and pride movements in the US have been historically white over the past few decades.

    anyhow, nature of the threat is definitely an important and interesting song. i guess what irks me about it is that i feel like there’s a lot of posturing in the song, like he’s intentionally trying to “wow” listeners with his “unique” take on history and thus make the song “deep” or whatever. and while his version of world history is too often ignored, let’s be honest here, amongst people who’ve received a college education in the past 30 years, it’s really not that unique of a take. i agree w/ the points he’s trying to make around black empowerment and the like, but then when he gets into the bigoted shit i can’t help but feel like he’s just missed the point completely.

    it should also be stated for the record that i listen to a ton of hip hop that is full of homophobia, and while i don’t condone the language and sentiments, it doesn’t trouble me as much as when dudes like ras kass and technique use it, who are apparently “revolutionary thinkers” or whatever.

    i will check out that documentary eventually, thanks for the recc. cheers!

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