Amiri Baraka was a provocateur, a radical, an activist, and an amazing poet who remains relevant for all the wrong reasons and some of the right ones. “Dope” is an explosion, a satire, an investigation, an accusation, a poem that kills. His energy was and is unmatched, accomplishing even in recording a mesmerizing, enrapturing, anxiety-inducing performance—not here, but in other places, accompanied by improvisational sax, which may be unnecessary as a way of establishing flow and rhythm. While listening you are compelled to act, to move. And we must act. We must move.
Listen to “Dope” after the break.