Internationally acclaimed rap & hip hop artists release CD for SSP


KRS1Some of the leading rap and hip hop artists in the UK and internationally have come together to produce a compilation CD for the Scottish Socialist Party.

Featuring internationally renowned artists such as Benjamin Zephaniah and KRS1 alongside the very best of Scottish and UK rap and hip hop talent, ‘Fight The Power: Defend Socialism’ was born following the Scottish Parliament protest of 4 SSP MSP’s over the right to march at the Gleneagles, Scotland, venue of the G8 summit and the subsequent draconian sanctions taken against the party by the Scottish Parliament.

Outraged at the treatment of the SSP MSP’s, some of the UK’s leading rap and hip hop record labels set about appealing to their artists to donate tracks for the compilation.

The response was overwhelming and the SSP is proud to announce a CD of superb material from Rodney P, Skinnyman, King Biscuit Time, Benjamin Zephaniah, Monkey Tribe, Emmanuel featuring KRS1 and many others.

All the money raised from the ‘Fight The Power: Defend Socialism’ CD will go towards the fighting fund established to make good the £30,000 fine imposed by the Scottish Parliament on the SSP MSP’s and parliamentary staff for the protest that demanded the right to peacefully demonstrate at Gleneagles.

The CD was released by Single Cell Press on 27th February 2006.

SSP national convenor Colin Fox said;

“We are absolutely delighted that the rap and hip hop artists featured on this CD have given their time and world renowned talent in recognition of the injustice that was perpetrated on the SSP following our protest in the Scottish Parliament in June of 2005 over the right to peaceful protest at the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

“The SSP is enormously proud that artists of such stature should contribute to this CD and it is a testament to the vibrant rap and hip hop community of which Single Cell Press is a part of that this CD has been released under the title ‘Fight The Power: Defend Socialism.

“We are honoured that all of the artists on this CD have made such a significant and important contribution to our fighting fund to replace the £30,000 the SSP was fined by the Scottish Parliament for our silent protest to demand the right of peaceful protest at the G8 Gleneagles summit in July 2005”


The Sleeve notes of ‘Fight The Power: Defend Socialism’

In June 2005 four MSP’s from the Scottish Socialist Party and 28 of the party’s staff were stripped of their wages and allowances by the Scottish Parliament.

Their crime was mounting a silent protest demanding that parliament defend the right to protest against the G8 at Gleneagles.

Their action led to the march going ahead but the draconian sanctions cost the party over 30,000 pounds.

This CD is a tribute to the four MSP’s and all funds raised will help pay back some of the wages the activists and workers lost.



March 2006

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