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By The Time I Get To Arizona (LP Version)

on By The Time I Get To Arizona

by Public Enemy

First Played: 01/18/2004 05:54 PM
Last Played: 01/15/2021 02:31 PM
Total Plays: 8
 

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  • Larry Mizell, Jr. : 01/15/2021 02:31 PM
    Spin Magazine reported that the video for “By the Time I Get to Arizona” aired on MTV only one time in 1991. But its vision of violent retribution in the face of government callousness kicked over the coffee table of America’s polite conversations about race. On November 6, 1990, the people of Arizona voted down a proposal to create a state holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by a margin of 17,000 votes. The vote came two years after then-Governor Evan Mecham cancelled MLK Day, saying, “I guess King did a lot for the colored people, but I don’t think he deserves a national holiday.” Public Enemy’s response, “By the Time I Get to Arizona,” bubbled over with frustration, contempt, and wit, as legendary firebrand Chuck D took aim at the citizens of Arizona and, Mecham in particular: “The cracker over there/He try to keep it yesteryear/The good ol’ days/The same ol’ ways/That kept us dyin’.” Says Chuck, “I’m a firm believer that hip-hop can change the world and make statements like Bob Marley.” Watch the official music video for the song here: https://youtu.be/zrFOb_f7ubw
  • Marco Collins : 01/20/2020 12:26 PM
    “By The Time I Get To Arizona” would see a later second life and a push to an even wider audience when it was included on the soundtrack in Activision’s widely successful Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 4 in 2002 and earlier in 1999 on Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater.
  • Reeves : 02/06/2018 03:57 AM
  • Kevin Cole : 01/13/2017 04:41 PM
    "The video for 'By the Time I Get to Arizona' aired on MTV only once in 1991. But its vision of violent retribution in the face of government callousness kicked over the coffee table of America’s polite conversations about race. On November 6, 1990, the people of Arizona voted down a proposal to create a state holiday for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by a margin of 17,000 votes. The vote came two years after then-Governor Evan Mecham cancelled MLK Day, saying, 'I guess King did a lot for the colored people, but I don’t think he deserves a national holiday.' Public Enemy’s response, 'By the Time I Get to Arizona,' bubbled over with frustration, contempt, and wit, as legendary firebrand Chuck D took aim at the citizens of Arizona &, Mecham in particular: “The cracker over there/He try to keep it yesteryear/The good ol’ days/The same ol’ ways/That kept us dyin’.' Says Chuck, 'I'm a firm believer that hip-hop can change the world and make statements like Bob Marley.'" http://bit.ly/1JyzJiM
  • Larry Mizell, Jr. : 01/19/2014 06:10 PM
    Watch Public Enemy's video for 'By The Time I Get To Arizona' here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrFOb_f7ubw

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