As protestors gather outside the White House for going on the third full week, rapper Michael Barber releases the 3rd digital single from his hard copy only album, AHAYWEH. The song titled Ladder is a protest song which had a debut in the top 10 of Folk songs on 3 separate charts this week.
Ladder starts off with a whistle and hard drums that setup the song with a feel of Bob Dylan meets modern hip hop. The opening lyrics play homage to Woody Guthrie lyrics from his most famous song ‘This Land is Our Land.’
The song continues on with two short verses that are a funny yet sad take on the current state of America with lines like, “confederate loser flags flying out the doublewide,” but it is pulled together by a simple hook that you might hear start hearing at protests and rallies around the country.
A few reviews are in on the album and the song is going more praise including these write ups:
“Hands down the best song of the year, and one of the best of the decade.” Rolling Stone contributing writer Gunner Bush on the song Ladder by Michael Barber.
“It is the protest song America needs right now!” UMG A&R Ray Banks on Ladder
Ladder is a protest song, and this puts Barber into an interesting mix of political debate after the release of the first song from the album, Quiet War, back in May.
Quiet War, a song about the opioid epidemic, was released after it was revealed President Trump had sent a letter of endorsement to Barber about the song.
Now with the song Ladder, Barber is delivering a his own note back to the President.
“Ladder is a song I wrote the lyrics to at while at the woman’s march. I just felt there needed to be a better chant, or something about this current administration that could be recited. It grew from there, and the beat behind it wasn’t done until much later. It’s part folk, part hip hop, part rock, and it even has a live marching band element to it, but it is 100% a protest song.”
Barber is donating proceeds from each single to a different charity, and this song will have proceeds go to the Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services, which is one of the only organizations in El Paso serving unaccompanied children. Barber said 80% of the donations will go to this charity, and another 20% will go to attorney Michael Avenatti for his help in working to bring as many families back to together as he can.
The full album, AHAYWEH is only available currently as a hard copy and you can order one at www.MichaelBarber.org