Saturday, March 30th 2013 – San Francisco, CA – The Hip-Hop Proclamations Event Series presents Run It Back: Remembering and Reimagining Hip-Hop as Social Activism. This panel discussion featured artists/activists Boots Riley (The Coup), M1 (dead prez), Aisha Fukushima (Raptivism), Jasiri… Read More ›
“I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man; let me handle my business, damn” – Jay-Z Since it began, the sub-culture of Hip-Hop and the corporate world of America have had an interesting relationship. On one hand there is the… Read More ›
“They told Rosa black in the back- the C.I.A. told Ricky Ross to put crack in a sack” – Boots Riley of “The Coup” It is important to know the story behind the introduction of crack-cocaine into the inner-cities of… Read More ›
By L. Writ Moe “Rap is the C.N.N. of the black community” – Chuck-D of “Public Enemy” One of the first examples of using Hip-Hop music to purvey a politically charged message was in the song simply titled “The Message”… Read More ›
“Reporters showed us pictures at home of the Vietnam War [and] because we saw the horror, that’s what made us stop the war when we did. That’s what I’m going to do as a rapper. I’m going to show the most graphic details of what I see in my community and hopefully they’ll stop it, quick.” – 2Pac
Like other forms of protest music that came before it, Hip-Hop has its roots in some of the poorest communities in New York City. It was then amplified by the gangster lifestyle of California and is now a universal presence in almost every country in the world. Although since its humble beginnings the corporate powers of the United States have used it for their own financial gain, Hip-Hop still remains the voice of the underprivileged and underrepresented of the country and even the world. I hope to show how the Culture of Hip-Hop has grown and developed out of the injustices of the American legal and political system. I also want to show that Hip-Hop has since been struggling within that system, like any other political party or organization, to raise awareness for the issues important to it and try to create a positive change in those areas that they see needing improvement. I will show that although the United States rarely addresses the topics that Hip-Hop addresses, the artists and the activists in the movement have not stopped using this unique sub-culture to raise awareness for their issues.