Fresh off the news that The Cool Kids had reunited, we brought Chuck Inglish into Audiomack Studios to talk about his musical past, present and future, but as is so often the case in our increasingly troubled times, the lines between music and the events of the world blurred, especially for Chuck. He was in Dallas the night of the shootings for a show, and he doesn't need any reminder of what it is to be black and in America.
In a wide-ranging discussion that touched on issues ranging from economic class to school bullying to the Flint water crisis, Inglish's most impassioned speech came while discussion police shootings and the All Lives Matter response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
Your life matters, but you're not blue. When you [a police officer] go home, you can put on a white t, or a shirt, or some running shoes. I can't ever not be black - ever. I can act like Carlton right now, I can never not be black. So for anyone to say all lives matter, blue lives, you're a dick. Straight up. Black lives matter. The fact that there's a group of people who say that, and you want to demonize them, you're a demon.
While Chuck's certainly not looking at the world through rose-tinted glasses, ultimately his message is hopeful. "It can only be better, but it takes people saying things," he went on to say. "Don't be distant, don't be separate of the collective human experience."
Hopefully that's a message we can all agree on.
By Nathan S, the managing editor of DJBooth and a hip-hop writer. His beard is awesome. This is his Twitter.