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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

Styles P and Jadakiss Co-Own “JUICES FOR LIFE” Juice Bar & Talk Healthy Eating

Juices for Life is a new juice bar in the Bronx, but most people don’t know that rappers Jadakiss and Styles P are behind the venture. A juice bar in the Bronx? It’s no secret that freshly pressed green juice is a favorite among the SoulCycle set, but it may come as a surprise to learn Jadakiss and Styles P have brought out juice lovers in the Bronx. The shop has a solid four-and-a-half star rating on Yelp.

Hip-Hop Family Tree: Featuring Nicki Minaj

R&B group and production team responsible for hits by Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, James Brown, UTFO and many others. She briefly performed in Hood$tars, a pop-rap group led by Full Force member Bowlegged Lou’s son, Lou$tar. (It’s also where she met her former fiancée, Safaree Samuels.) She built her reputation through rugged freestyle performances on hood platforms like Smack DVD and The Come Up. It was on the latter where Lil Wayne discovered her, and he began mentoring her.

Nicki Minaj spent the next two years honing her style and image. She spit rhymes alongside street acts like Maino, Hell Rell, Red Café, Ransom, Jadakiss, Ron Browz, Stack Bundles, French Montana, and Gravy. She traveled to Atlanta and recorded songs with Gucci Mane, an experience she’d later say was crucial to her development, as well as Soulja Boy, Yung Joc. In the process, she evolved from a hardcore New York spitter to a polymorphous, unpredictable artist that experiments with vocal tone and multiple identities. Her breakthrough arrived with her third mixtape, 2009’s Beam Me Up Scotty, which generated her first Billboard charting hit, “I Get Crazy,” and found her working with Lil Wayne’s Young Money team like Drake, Jae Millz, and Weezy himself. An appearance on Birdman’s Priceless paired her with the pioneering rapper Lil Kim.

Thanks to Beam Me Up Scotty, as well as the Young Money crew album We Are Young Money, Nicki Minaj became one of the hottest rappers in the music industry. She landed big pop collaborations with Beyoncé, Rihanna, Usher, Christina Aguilera, Madonna, and Mariah Carey. But she also bolstered her hip-hop credentials with standout verses for Kanye West, Ludacris, Trina, Fabolous, and Big Sean. She released sonically diverse multi-platinum albums like Pink Friday, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, and The Pinkprint, and held her own with Cam’ron and Nas. Like those two icons in their heyday, Nicki Minaj can make a claim to being the biggest rapper in New York, even though her successful forays into mainstream pop and EDM meant that she often doesn’t get proper recognition for her trailblazing hip-hop career.

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How Jadakiss And Styles P Are Bringing Juice Bars To The Hood

HIP HOP / RAP LEGENDS .. Jadakiss and Styles P , The LOX members are looking to provide a much-needed place for people in low-income neighborhoods to consume something good for them. Through their chain of juice bars, Juices For Life

Styles P said, “In the poorer communities, mostly, the money gets invested in liquor stores and Fast food restaurants  the kind of things we don’t need.”

Jadakiss and Styles P are leading by example and looking to put an end to food deserts through their Juices For Life locations, but they aren’t alone.

Jeff Brown, the founder and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, a chain of grocery stores that offers high quality and nutritional food at affordable prices, said, “What Jadakiss and Styles P are doing, they’re successful, and they don’t need to be concerned about society… They’re deciding to use their success to make a difference for people. I think if we all did that, we’d fix a lot of our country’s problems.”

With its 3 locations, Juices For Life is giving people access to nutritional options in the Bronx and Yonkers, New York, with hopes of expanding in the near future.

 

MULTIHOP.TV HIGHLIGHTS- HOOD HEALTH feat. JADAKISS & BARTENDAZ WORKOUT SERIES

MULTIHOP.TV’s “HOOD HEALTH” is a web series dedicated to promoting Healthy Lifestyles Within Inner City Communities. This segment features Jadakiss of The Lox / D Block & Giant of the Bartendaz. Edited & Shot by SidLocks Mehu. #Jadakiss #Bartendaz #Giant #SidLocks #DBlock #MultiHop

MultiHop.TV Highlights Jadakiss’ ‘Top 5, Dead Or Alive’ New Track “Shame On You”

Jadakiss isn’t hesitant to put himself in the Top 5 emcees of all time, and as a testiment to this, he decided to name his upcoming album Top 5 Dead Or Alive.

When naming who will be on the LP, Jadakiss promises a feature from The LOX. “The L.O.X. is definitely on it,” Jadakiss revealed. “Songs that I got done? Jeezy, Wiz, Chris Brown… I got Weezy on there, too. The vintage Weezy, that mixtape killer Weezy. I got Rozay, but we may do another one.”