Thursday, February 6, 2014
10 hip-hop songs to celebrate Black History Month
Listen and pay tribute.
No matter how you feel about hip-hop as a form of music or art, it has done a hell of a job at shedding a light on social issues and teaching younger generations about history. Black History Month is the perfect time to do just that. And here are a few songs from a wide array of hip-hop artists that have stood the test of time by raising awareness and helping hip-hop heads know their past. You must learn!
Common – "A Song for Assata": The Chicago emcee pays tribute to one of the Black Panther Party’s larger-than-life figures.
Common - A Song For Assata
De La Soul — "Stakes is High": From the 1996 album of the same name, this song takes a look at the state of hip-hop and society.
De La Soul - Stakes Is High [720p]
Kanye West — "Crack Music": Yeezy gives his own version of a history lesson about the crack epidemic that plagued Black America -- and in some cases still does.
Crack Music - Kanye West ft. The Game
Kendrick Lamar — "HiiiPower": K-Dot’s video for this single from the Section.80 mix tape is filled with powerful images of the Civil Rights and Black Power eras.
Kendrick Lamar ‘HiiiPOWER’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Killer Mike — "Reagan": It's a full on, scathing indictment of President No. 40. Mike pulls no punches in his assessment of the Gipper.
Killer Mike - “Reagan” (Official Music Video)
Mos Def — "Mista Ni**a": Inspired by A Tribe Called Quest’s “Sucka Ni**a” from ’93 and featuring Tribe’s own Q-Tip on the hook, the artist currently known as Yasiin Bey went all out in condemning racism.
Mos Def featuring Q-Tip - Mista Nigga
Queen Latifah — "Ladies First": The Queen celebrates both Black Power and feminism with assistance from Monie Love.
Queen Latifah - Ladies First (with lyrics)
Stop The Violence Moment — "Self Destruction": A classic moment of solidarity in hip-hop history featuring legendary artists like KRS One, Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh, Stetsasonic, Heavy D and more.
Stop the Violence Movement - Self Destruction [Official Video HD]
Talib Kweli — "Four Women": An emotional hip-hop rendition of the classic Nina Simone tune by the Brooklyn emcee from the first Reflection Eternal album.
Reflection Eternal - Four Women
X Clan — "Heed the Word of the Brother": Heavy on the funk samples and the black consciousness, X Clan’s track is one of the best and most well known from the late 1980s black awareness period of hip-hop.
X Clan - Heed The Word Of The Brother (Video)
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