premiere: racquel jones preaches “sacrilege” on her explosive new single
By Nathan Leigh
December 2, 2020
Racquel Jones’s “Sacrilege” is one of those tracks that latches itself onto your consciousness the second it hits your ear canal. With a totally unique sound that glues the best parts of punk rock, hip-hop, dub, and industrial into one intoxicating brew, Jones’ catches you on the first note. The song turns in a pointed evisceration of the way Christianity has been used as a tool of colonial oppression for centuries, seeking to reclaim her own spiritual heritage. The Jamaican MC’s video, directed by Alex Di Marco, captures her explosive energy with stripped down ultra-vibrant visuals. This single fires on all cylinders: performance, production, message, and visuals. Racquel Jones’ full length can’t come soon enough.
“‘Sacrilege’ is a blatant denouncement of religion, specifically Catholicism and what it represents for black people whose history was intercepted by slavery,” Racquel explains. “For my people, religion / Christianity was used as a tool of oppression and control, while the heritage of our spiritual identity was erased. It is important for me to begin the discussion about the damages religion has done to us as a people through the programming of our ancestors during slavery and beyond; and strides we need to take to heal, unlearn, relearn, correct and salvage what is left of our true identity, and teach it to our kids. So we’ll begin by turning our bibles to “1st Peter 2 and verse 18” King James Version.”
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