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Hip-hop and Politics Have a Long History Behind the Mic

This weekend one of hip-hop’s hottest acts, Drake, lent his talent to protest offshore drilling. On Sunday, the 23-year-old rapper performed at the ‘Stop The Offshore Drilling” rally at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. In May, hip-hop veteran Talib Kweli released a single about another hot political topic. It’s called ‘Papers Please’ — and… Read more »

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Will Hip-Hop Return To Its Activist Roots? (w/ @TOUREX, @icecube, @kevin_powell, @chuckcreekmur)

WATCH THIS ORIGINAL REPORT ON THE EVOLUTION OF HIP-HOP AND POLITICS Before hip-hop became the multi-billion dollar industry it is today, there was a group of young lyricists who were ahead of their time. Telling unfiltered truths about the struggles of blacks in the late 1960s and early 70s, they called themselves The Last Poets.”When… Read more »

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Top 20 Top Political Hip Hop Songs

The relationship between Hip-Hop, community action and politics is a volatile and symbiotic relationship with all working with and against each other seemingly at the same time. Hip-Hop has typically been critical of the powers that be, but also been driven by a desire for those in power to improve the environment. Hip-Hop to the… Read more »

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“Hip-Hop & Politics: From The Beat to The Ballot” (@icecube, @UncleRush, @realtalibkweli & more)

NEW YORK –TheGrio.com and AllHipHop.com, in partnership with NBC News, will debut “Hip-Hop & Politics: From The Beat to The Ballot” starting June 14. The weeklong series will run on both websites as part of Black Music Month. Chuck Creekmur of AllHipHop and David Wilson of TheGrio discuss the series on MSNBC in the video… Read more »

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Open Letter To Slim Thug

In a recent interview, rapper Slim Thug unleashed a very disturbing attack on Black women, here’s an excerpt: …Most single Black women feel like they don’t want to settle for less. Their standards are too high right now. They have to understand that successful Black men are kind of extinct. We’re important. It’s hard to… Read more »

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AllHipHop.com Endorses Kevin Powell For Congress (Brooklyn)

DONATE $5 to Kevin’s campaign NOW at www.kevinpowell.net (click DONATE) “When you consider the intelligence and breadth of Kevin Powell’s writing and activism, you come to the conclusion that there may be no better spokesperson and representative for a generation that has too long been counted out.” —asha bandele An interesting thing happens in America… Read more »

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Meditations on Hip-Hop: Of Disposability, Death, and Destiny (Pt. III of III)

DESTINY A learning process might appear … for the crushed, the forbidden-to-be, the rejected, that would teach them that, through serious, just, determined, untiring struggle, it is possible to remake the world. —Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Hope: Reliving Pedagogy of the Oppressed (New York: The Continuum Publishing Co., 1994), p. 198. Must survive any how… Read more »

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