Otep Burn Down Trump on New Song ‘To The Gallows’
Otep's new album, Kult 45, promises to address many of the hot button issues in today's society and it begins with the lead single, "To the Gallows," which aims fiery words at President Trump.
"Blood on your hand, blood on your suit / Does your necktie feel like a noose," sings Otep Shamaya with rap cadence set against a jolting drum beat and sinister guitar accents that bring a dystopian edge to the song. There's a nervous push and pull to the track, conveying the sense of a divide that's present in America today.
"Art is resistance. Art allows us to fightback without violence. This song, 'To the Gallows,' is meant to shine a light on Traitor Trump's attacks on the Constitution, on Healthcare, on the LGBTQ+, the African American, Hispanic and Muslim communities, DREAMERS, and women's reproductive rights. Not to mention that this spurious President might have committed just a little bit of light treason, but this is why we rally, this is why we march, and this is why I write. Because when I look back someday I want to know that I did everything in my power as an artist, activist and citizen, to stop him and his bigoted embryonic autocracy," Shamaya asserts.
Otep's "The Fire and Fury" tour launches on July 5 in Las Vegas and will run through Aug. 11. See a list of all upcoming dates here. The new record drops July 27 on Napalm Records and can be pre-ordered at the label's webstore.
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