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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

Listen To Questlove’s ‘The Keith O Challenge’ – A 201-Song Playlist.

Questlove’s monster playlist: More than 10 hours long and not one solitary rap song.

What it does contain, however, is a deep dive on the genre’s genetic forebear: the funk. Questlove mines hip-hop’s sonic DNA with heavily-sampled ’60s/’70s classics from Earth, Wind & Fire, The Ohio Players, Sly and the Family StoneThe MetersBooker T. and The MGsBetty DavisDiana Ross and, of course, a heap of James Brown.

It’s a crate-diggers dream, full of familiar-sounding obscurities such as Dyke & The Blazers “Let A Woman Be A Woman – Let A Man Be A Man,” notably sampled by artists ranging from Stetsasonic (“Sally”) to Public Enemy (“Welcome To The Terrordome”) to Tyler, the Creator (“Rusty”). There’s Blackbyrds’ “Mysterious Vibes” (Paris’ “The Days Of Old,” Big K.R.I.T.’s “Highs And Lows,” et al.) and Faze-O’s “Riding High” (EPMD’s “Please Listen To My Demo” and more). The opening saxophone riff from Jay-Z‘s “Show Me What You Got”? It’s in there, all languid and mellow, on Lafayette Afro Rock Band’s “Darkest Light.” And if you’re looking for some of those uncleared gems buried in De La Soul’s classic discography, still in digital limbo, you’ll recognize the piano licks from Erma Franklin’s 1969 cover of “Light My Fire” as the end transition of De La Soul Is Dead‘s “A Roller Skating Jam Named Saturdays.”

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.

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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

MULTIHOP.TV HIGHLIGHTS Raekwon Wants To Make A Wu-Tang Biopic

“Straight Outta Compton” has demonstrated to studio execs that rap biopics can be extremely profitable, thus opening the door for movies about groups like the Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Run-DMC, & The Beastie Boys. Raekwon, for one, wants to make a Wu-Tang movie happen.

“When we make a Wu movie, bet your ass its gonna be serious,” he said at his shoe release in Manhattan this week. “Because we gotta tell the truth. And I think that’s what I love about the ‘Straight Outta Compton’ movie is that they told the truth. When we do get to that level and it happens, it has to be the real story. It’s gonna be an interesting one, cause I said – RZA hit the lotto one day. He knew who he had, but he didn’t know what he had. So let’s keep it right there.”

Raekwon has a documentary coming out soon called “The Purple Files” commemorating the 20th anniversary of Only Built 4 Cuban Linx. While there are no official plans for a Wu-Tang picture yet, “Straight Outta Compton” had the full support of Dr. Dre & Ice Cube, and if Raekwon can round up a few Wu-Tang Clan members to help him pitch the movie to studios, it could become a real possibility.

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MultiHop.TV HightLights Malcolm X’s Birthday May 19th

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It’s the 50th anniversary since the Feb. 21, 1965, assassination of Malcolm X – El-Hajj El Malik Shabazz; and had he survived the murderous intent of his enemies, this world renown iconic leader would have turned 90 years young on May 19th, 2015.

Malcolm set a tone, which recognized or not – influenced politically vocal artists like: the original Ice Cube, Public Enemy, Kendrick Lamar, X Clan, early Latifah, Bahamidia, Wise Intelligent, United Front and Afrikan Insurrektion Muzik, perhaps Azealia Banks -and – even Kanye West who in the beginning of his career showed elements of knowledge of self. Malcolm X remains a hood hero. Always will be.

Info courtesy of THE SOURCE.