Technology. Sustainability. Humanity.
A manifesto for this generation
“Molina looks to past socially progressive movements — like Black Power, the American Indian movement, the Chicano movement, the struggle for women’s rights and others — for proof that focused, intentional people can create positive change. But he also embraces the modern context of today’s movement.” - Eryc Eyl, Reverb : Denver Post
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Build 2020 Manifesto is a People’s History of the Future. This is a chapter-by-chapter book-on-tape cut to hip-hop and glitch beats. The project centers on three key themes: Technology, Sustainability, Humanity. Molina spent considerable time in 2010 researching the future. He did so by studying the past, studying present trends, and exploring future projections by governments, corporations, banking institutions, technology giants and technocrats. This project was first released in February 2011. Despite compelling reviews from the Denver Post and others, many found the material too radical, too alarming, too weird. Now, as time continues to speed up, the content becomes more relevant and digestible. Man continues to merge with machine as people spend more time with technology; this creates profound social, cultural, interpersonal and political concerns. Meanwhile, sustainability and climate change issues are coming to the forefront of global policy initiatives. This cutting edge album addresses these themes, as well as issues related to education, economic policy, civic engagement, and the artistic potential of technological development. As a TedX Fellow who spoke on Hip-Hop Futurism and performed a live rendition of Build 2020, Molina Speaks re-releases the project in 2014, with the promise of more Art that redefines “Futurism”.
Credits: Written by Molina Speaks. Hip-Hop beats by Diles, Glitch beats by HipGNosis. Vocals recorded by Will Ross. Album produced by DJ Icewater. Visual art by Dustin Neal.
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Molina Speaks performs a live rendition of Build 2020 at TedX MileHigh:
“He’s a hip-hopper who says what he means and means what he says. But Molina’s latest project… is bigger than hip-hop. ‘Build 2020 Manifesto’ is just what its name implies — an urgent call to people of all ages to take charge of our own futures before someone else does. And we can pretty much guarantee you’ve never heard anything quite like it.”
- Denver Post Reverb
Hard copy CDs will be given away FREE to student activists, student organizations, and educators.