A Little Dutch Courage for Texas Death Row

When you think about the Netherlands, you think about windmills, tulips, wooden shoes and Amsterdam. And when you think about Amsterdam, you think about hash and 'shrooms and a trio of pre-op transexual dominatrices all named Anke. And when you think about ... well you, usually you try not to, because when you do, you find yourself stuck in a PTS flashback starring Mike Myers as Dieter:

Would you like to touch my monkey?

But when you think about the Netherlands, you're not thinking about Rotterdam, Amsterdam's port-town brother.  And when you aren't thinking about Rotterdam, you're also not thinking about the Dutch hip-hop scene, which calls it Rufferdamn. However! If you were thinking about Rufferdamn hip-hop, you might then be thinking about ...

Bexar County death-row inmate Kenneth Foster?

Ten years ago, Foster was sentenced to death for murdering Michael LaHood Jr., son of a prominent local attorney. To be accurate, Foster didn't actually murder the 25-year-old. He was only driving the car that Mauriceo Brown got out of before Brown shot LaHood.  Foster was convicted under Texas's "Law of Parties."

Foster's also becoming a presence on the continental European hip-hop circuit,  by proxy of Rotterdam lyricist Jav'lin. Her latest single "Walk With Me" chronicles  Foster's involvement in the shooting, his struggles to prove his innocence, and his long-distance relationship with his now-11-year-old daughter. The music video, starring an actor playing Foster, has already crossed the border into Belgium (when you think Belgium, you think waffles and Jean Claude Van Damme), where it's screening on their equivalent of MTV, Jim TV.

Without further ado ... we present, "Walk With Me."

And yes, that is KSAT-12's Mark Austin in the opening.


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