In response to several incidents of police misconduct and brutality that seem to have reshaped or redefined how the world views American Society, and somehow have catapulted the most powerful nation into a time warp where it has reverted to the days of civil rights movement, Hip Hop artist Dontray Wedlow, aka Notcho, today announced his soon to be released “mix tape” album, The Peril, which focuses on police brutality and police misconduct.
The 10-track Peril will highlight several unique and under-reported police brutality and misconduct cases committed across the United States of America, many of which had never given the media attention they deserve.
Proceeds from the album will be equally distributed to the families featured.
As an artist who’s known for his interpretation of today’s music industry as a “diverse mixture,” where artists can constantly generate new concepts, and are free to create—they don’t have to ride in the same lane as anyone else, Notcho believes the inherit duty of the law enforcement officers, who took an oath to responsibly “protect and serve”, has been compromised and begs some serious questions.
“These acts of violence, notably the Baltimore incident, are not reserved to any particular race or creed, and the rampant neglect to value every human life affects every citizen of the United States,” said Notcho, the high energy performer who will be collaborating with producers and artists from each of the particular cities affected by these incidents.
The Peril, according to the artist, will seek to cover a great many the incidents of police brutality cities across America.
“We realize this project will not heal the families, nor will it prevent these situations from recurring; but our hope is that this project will shed additional light on this situation and deter future incidents from occurring,” he said.
The project will be accompanied by a music video that will tell the story of the many victims before their incident, and in their own point-of-view. And Notcho is promising that his creative illustration of these tales of injustice will be particularly important for those considering themselves victims to know there are people that care and want to continue to direct a spotlight on an issue that has never been fully resolved.
Arguing that due to people’s ability to generate and film content with mobile devices and the accessibility to promote information via social media, the singer observed that “we are able to obtain more information of documented cases of law enforcement abuse and reveal these injustices to the public.”
“As a result, he believes the news media, which has the journalistic responsibility to thoughtfully shed light on a topic that has left the nation scarred and looking for solutions to heal and rebuild race relations, are now better able, or rather, being forced to cover these incidents that have always been prevalent,” argued Notcho.
Questioning whether there were any recourse for victims of such tragedies, Notcho is wondering whether the people will ever be healed from these physical and psychological traumatic effects of being brutalized by an authority wearing a badge of justice.
With a great deal of media attention focusing on a few severe cases of police brutality, Notcho believes it is important that “we also acknowledge the many other cases that go unseen and undiscovered.”
Realizing the project will not heal the families, nor will it prevent situations of this nature from recurring, it nevertheless Notcho’s hope that this EP will shed additional light on the situation and will help to deter future incidents from happening.