Video: John Forte “Running Up That Hill,” live shows, & a teaching gig
Since John Forté has been home from prison, for just about 10 weeks now, he's been a busy bee, jumping right back in the game, hungry to get to work making music once again. Okayplayer was lucky enough to watch him perform live for the first time in a long time at "The Roots present The Jam" at the Highline Ballroom last week (check back Monday for OkayplayerTV's live footage from the night!). Forté traded verses with Black Thought, Talib Kweli, and Pharoahe Monch, never missing a beat, easily commanding the stage and the audience with his steady, thoughtful flow. Next week Forté is set to make his first official public performance at Kweli's SXSW Blacksmith Records showcase on Thursday, March 19th at Scoot Inn. Today, we are treated to a new Forté song, a re-make of The Chromatics' "Running Up That Hill," originally written by Kate Bush. Listen to the poignant lyrics, and then read Forté's newest blog detailing some of his experiences in federal lock-up, and the insights he has gained.
At the end of the month, Forté is expected to sign on with The City College Of New York for a teaching gig in partnership with In Arms Reach, an organization that works with at-risk youth and children of incarcerated parents. He plans to use music as a therapeutic path through which children can channel their anger and pain, harnessing the cathartic spirit of the song into something positive for these kids. Most don't ever take the time to give back, and we at OKP admire John Forté for all his efforts, and we can't wait to keep hearing new music from the man!