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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

MultiHop.TV HighLights Joell Ortiz’s New Healthy Lifestyle

 

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Despite the preventable deaths of emcees such as DJ Screw and Big Pun, living a healthy lifestyle has long been one of Hip Hop’s taboo topics for some. Conventional thinking holds that we would rather have our favorite emcees healthy so they are around longer. Granted this isn’t new territory, as artists such as 50 Cent, dead prez and others have released products to help incorporate their own healthy lifestyles with their musical careers and business interests.

50 Cent has the Formula 50 book. Stic.man of Dead Prez has RBG Fit Club, and Lil Cease has Hardbody Fitness.

Joell Ortiz  speaks on the “Hip Hop Health Movement” in his upcoming album, and details his lifestyle changes, how it affects his music and why you should opt for fruits and veggies instead of Newports during your next bodega visit.

“I was living what you call the rock star life—nightlife heavy, and diners at 5:00 or 6:00 am,” Joell explained. “I was eating cheeseburger deluxes and things of that nature and just not taking care of myself. I learned a lot about weight loss, what weighs and what doesn’t. Muscle is heavy. At first, I took off like 50 to 60 pounds, scale-wise. When you are training and changing your body, you lose everything fast, because your body is reacting. It’s like, “Oh man, I guess this guy wants me to shred,” so it’s eating up fat. As soon as you start weight training, you put on weight because of muscle mass, but you look the same as you did when you took that drastic weight off. I look exactly how I did 20 pounds ago, but it’s in muscle definition and muscle weight. Initially, I took off like 50 to 60 pounds, but now I may only be 30 pounds from where I started, but I look like a different person.”

Check out the link to “Hood Health” series.

Joell Ortiz info courtesy of DX Hip Hop.

Seun Kuti teams up with M1 (from Dead Prez)

‘IMF’ is a single off Seun Kuti’s new six-track album ‘A long way to the beginning’ which was released last week and features Dead Prez’ M1
‘IMF’, the latest track by Seun Kuti (Fela’s son, if you didn’t know) is not just another modern afrobeat track.
Musically the song also has a slightly punky edge and it’s more uptempo than a lot of the staple afrobeat that has been coming out lately.
Cop it on iTunes or pre-order the cd from Amazon.