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Smart Monkey – Mankind ft. Stilo Magolide

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Smart Monkey – Mankind ft Stilo Magolide: 2017 June 16 new musical tribute to those who fell on this day 41 years ago;

n.
An informed young man or woman aware of how his society was rigged centuries ago to deter him or her at every turn but then realizes that to succeed; he or she ought to be smarter than the monkey he was set out to be from the jump – the Smart Monkey as Mankind and Stilo put it.

Antithesis
a figure of speech which refers to the juxtaposition of opposing or contrasting ideas. It involves the bringing out of a contrast in the ideas by an … how smart can a monkey really be?

Personification
A case where human qualities are given to animals, objects or ideas. In the arts, personification means representing a non-human thing as if it were human.

As black people in South Africa the words monkey and baboon were used to refer to us in a derogatory manner, to dehumanize us and reduce us to as low we perceive the animals. The same antithesis perspective is evident in the words “I’m a proud monkey!” in Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 album titled To Pimp A Butterfly; this is evidently a global consensus amongst black rebelling against what was regarded as what we are for centuries now.

As the youth of today we do not face the same challenges faced by our forefathers, our struggles rage from economic freedom to reinventing our identities. The words and underlying messages of this song are a sure guide in overcoming our own generation’s struggles.