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18MillionRising presents Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album - a compilation album featuring 32 politically empowering tracks by an eclectic mix of Asian American musicians. Given the current political climate of anti-immigrant rhetoric and increased racial tension, turning out to vote as an AAPI community this November 8th is more important than ever. At 18MillionRising, we believe that music can shift hearts and minds, and with the release of the Voices of Our Vote: #MyAAPIVote Album, we believe music can activate Asian America to the polls.

This album was created in partnership with the Asian North Americans music curation platform TRAKTIVIST (traktivist.com); with Kollaboration (www.kollaboration.org) who supports APIs in arts and entertainment by showcasing and connecting creative talents; with the oldest currently running Asian American open mic space Tuesday Night Project (tuesdaynightproject.org); and the South Asian diaspora music and online mixtape site Mishthi Music (mishthimusic.com). All proceeds earned from the album will be donated to 18MillionRising (18MillionRising.org), an organization promoting AAPI civic engagement, influence, and movement by leveraging the power of technology and social media.


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lyrics

Take an eraser to my face
Feed me history thats laced with opium
Take your anger to the streets
Take your violence out on these feet on which I stand

I'm not here to steal your gold
I'm just here to realize a dream that I was sold
No brother could have foretold
That I wouldn't make it to old age
In this land of the courageous and the fearful

Cut a finger from my left hand just to point it back at me
Love me leave me hanging breathless swaying from a palm tree
Lay me down but not to rest
Cut me open, but call me blessed
Kill every one of us on sight
Crash through the yellow like a traffic light

Take a paintbrush to right and wrong
Paint a picture of an alien who doesnt belong
Take cover beneath these streets
Those above couldn't care less when you stop breathing

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from Voices Of Our Vote: #MYAAPIVote Album, released September 6, 2016
Produced by: Doji aka Isaac Solo

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