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The Best Hip-Hop Protest Songs Ever

When Eminem released his freestyle as part of the BET Hip Hop Awards’ annual cypher, it turned out to be a 4-plus-minute a capella tirade against President Donald Trump. He indicted the president for his most egregious transgressions: perpetuating racism, emboldening white supremacy, his irresponsibility with North Korea, the attacks on black NFL players, his abandonment of Puerto Rico. The list goes on.

Hip-hop fans, athletes, and mainstream media, praised the lukewarm freestyle as urgent, necessary, powerful and genius. “After 27 years of doubts about rap I am now a fan,” sports and political commentator Keith Olberman tweeted. “Best political writing of the year, period.”

To suggest that Eminem’s mediocre bars were anything other than tepid demonstrates a a shamefully low bar for the craft of hip-hop and for what constitutes bravery. To declare that Eminem’s freestyle about Trump is a turning point in hip-hop is lazy, uninformed. That’s not surprising, though. White artists are often lauded for their courage in speaking out against injustice, while black artists are often overlooked or penalized for the same actions. When Beyoncé showed up to the Superbowl in an outfit that honored the Black Panthers, conservatives slammed her and the police union called for a boycott of her subsequent world tour.

The reality is, rappers have been criticizing the government, picking apart systems of oppression and addressing the pervasiveness of police brutality in black communities since the art form’s inception. It’s why rapper and Public Enemy member Chuck D famously dubbed hip-hop “the black CNN” decades ago.

“To Pimp A Butterfly,” Kendrick Lamar, 2015

“Changes,” 2Pac, 1992

“Georgia… Bush,” Lil Wayne2006

“Be Free,” J. Cole2014

“Untitled,” Nas2008

“Fuck the Police,” NWA1988

“Fight the Power,” Public Enemy1989

“A Song for Assata,” Common2000

“Police State,” Dead Prez2000

“Revolution,” Arrested Development1992

“Reagan,” Killer Mike2012

“The Point of No Return,” Geto Boys1996

“Words I Never Said,” Lupe Fiasco2011

“The Message,” Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five1982

“Sound of Da Police,” KRS-One1993

“Bin Laden,” Immortal Technique feat. Yasiin Bey, Jadakiss, Eminem2005

Chuck D Calls Donald Trump “The Epitome Of A White Supremacist”


In his own un-apologetic piece, Chuck D refers to Trump as a “weapon of mass destruction,” and bluntly states that “He’s a 70-year-old white alpha male who looks down on other peoples, and bullies others to get what he wants. If that’s not supremacy, then what the fuck is? He’s the epitome of a white supremacist.” We see no lies in his words.

The politically driven rapper not only tore into Donald Trump but also ripped Mike Pence in his latest cut “Prophets of Rage” which begs the question “Why is Mike Pence flying under the radar?”

 

Chuck D Launching Hip Hop History Book

Public Enemy founder Chuck D rarely needs an introduction — the politically-minded MC has been an integral part of Hip Hop culture since emerging in the ’80s. On October 10, fans will be able to dive into the mind of the Fear Of A Black Planet architect and get a first-hand account of his experience in the culture thanks to his new book, Chuck D Presents This Day In Rap And Hip-Hop History.

Described as “one of the most comprehensive, chronological histories of rap and hip-hop ever written,” the book is assembled by Chuck and includes pivotal moments from 1973 to the present, as well as portraits of people who have shaped the sound and the culture for over 40 years.

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The anthology opens with a house party with DJ Kool Herc on August 11, 1973 and follows the art form through more than four decades, examining key players and historical moments.

Kendrick Lamar voiced his thoughts on the book in a press release. “If you want to understand our culture. To learn knowledge itself. Truth about the art form of poetry in motion. The struggle of our community through rhyme and rhythm. This is the book that inspired me long before I found my place in hip-hop,” he said. “The power of self-expression. Unapologetically. Taught by the teacher himself. Chuck D!!!”

LL Cool J added, “Reading this book is like reliving my life all over again.”

The book also includes over 100 portraits of the most influential figures in Hip Hop created by artists Shepard Fairey (who wrote the book’s foreword), ASKEM, Amy Cinnamon, Andre LeRoy Davis, Holtom, Glen E. Friedman, A.J. Katz, Timothy McAuliffe (Gold Van), Scared of Monsters, Rinat Shingareev and Marco Ventura.

https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.44844/title.chuck-d-launching-hip-hop-history-book

JAY-Z Announces “4:44″ Tour Dates

With the corporate machines of Sprint, TIDAL and Live Nation behind it, JAY-Z’s tour is coming to an arena near you. Roc Nation initially teased the extensive run on Sunday (July 9) in an Instagram post, but has now officially unveiled the dates for all 31 shows scheduled in both the United States and Canada.

JAY, of course, is touring in support of his recently released 13th studio album, 4:44, which has garnered both praise and criticism — most notably from 50 Cent who called it “Ivy League shit.” Fiddy’s comments appeared to spark a response from Public Enemy’s Chuck D who tweeted, “So some people are saying @s_c_album is too smart. What level does a 47 year old man supposed to spit at? Club sht? What kind of club? lol.”

Regardless of one’s feelings towards the 10-track offering (the physical copy of the album comes with three bonus tracks — “Adnis,” “Blue’s Freestyle/ We Family” and “ManyFacedGod”), Hov plans to bring it live to the stage before the year is up. The tour kicks off on October 27 in Anaheim, California and ends on December 21 in Los Angeles.

Check out the full tour schedule below.

October 27 — Anaheim, CA
October 28 — Las Vegas, NV
November 1 — Fresno, CA
November 3 — Phoenix, AZ
November 5 — Denver, CO
November 7 — Dallas, TX
November 8 — Houston, TX
November 9 — New Orleans, LA
November 11 — Orlando, FL
November 12 — Miami, FL
November 14 — Atlanta, GA
November 15 — Nashville, TN
November 16 — Charlotte, NC
November 18 — Detroit, MI
November 19 — Cleveland, OH
November 21 — Montreal, QC
November 22 — Toronto, ON
November 25 — Boston, MA
November 26 — Brooklyn, NY
November 29 — Washington, DC
December 2 — Uniondale, NY
December 5 — Chicago, IL
December 6 — Lincoln, NE
December 9 — Edmonton, AB
December 11 — Vancouver, BC
December 13 — Seattle, WA
December 14 — Portland, OR
December 16 — Oakland, CA
December 17 — Sacramento, CA
December 19 — San Diego, CA
December 21 — Los Angeles, CA

http://hiphopdx.com/news/id.44010/title.jay-z-announces-444-tour-dates

Chuck D Blasts Hot 97’s Summer Jam as Hip Hop’s Worst Concert

Chuck D has been blasting Hot 97 regarding this year’s Summer Jam since last week.
“It’s just a sloppy presentation of the art form, the worst presentation known to man,” D explained. “It’s negligent. There needs to be a greater representation of the culture and the community on that radio station.”

“My goal by year’s end is to change the face and sound of urban radio,” Chuck D says during an interview with Billboard. “I’ve been in this shit 30 years, too long to just sit and let it be. I’m not going to be the grim reaper. I don’t want to be the grim reaper. But people have to stand up and we need some change, and it’s time.”