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In 18 Sets
- 5 Tracks, 20.16
- 7 Tracks, 26.44
- 13 Tracks, 53.29
- 12 Tracks, 54.38
- 9 Tracks, 34.49
This track contained a sample from "Genjer - genjer" , one of the most controversial song during the communist era in Indonesia.
During the 1942-1945 Japanese occupation of the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia), poor people in Java suffered near starvation conditions. People in Banyuwangi, East Java ate anything remotely edible, including genjer, a plant that grows along the river banks that had previously been used as cattle fodder.In 1943, Muhammad Arif, a songwriter from the same region, wrote a sad song about picking genjer. The song tells of a woman who gathers genjer and then takes it to the market to sell. Arif's song was hugely popular in Banyuwangi.
Because the song is about one of the lowest and poorest classes in Indonesia, it was used as propaganda material by the PKI. The song soon became the most requested number at party gatherings.
Genjer-genjer is a song with a rich history; it has become part of the nation's collective memory, calling up bittersweet memories of Indonesia's recent past.
This song also contained some poetry from Widji Thukul, Widji (sometimes Wiji) Thukul is an Indonesian poet born in 1963. His work is political, often critical of the Indonesian government and the social conditions of the country. He has been missing since 1998.
Taken from the "Poetry Battle Vol.2 Compilation" http://hiphopindo.net/news/2008/poetry-battle-vol2/