Forged in the embers of the burning South Bronx in the mid to late s, hip-hop has been the voice of rebellion since its inception over 40 years ago. Black and Brown kids, disenfranchised by the power structure, rapped, scratched, breakdanced and tagged their way their way to being noticed. While rap has gone mainstream and branched off into many sub-genres, at its essence, hip-hop remains the culture of revolution. And the revolution is currently being televised. The whole world has seemingly taken notice of the killing of George Floyd , a Minneapolis, Minn. Black man killed by a White police officer after he kneeled on Floyd's neck for close to nine minutes on May The eye-opening moment has people demanding change and denouncing police brutality. In addition, the deaths of Breonna Taylor at the hands of police during a no-knock warrant in Louisville, Ky. With protests breaking out all over the world, rap songs have served as the soundtrack. Rappers demanding justice have used the moment as an opportunity to speak out via song.
Blood Orange, "Charcoal Baby"
Top 10 Emotional Hip Hop Songs
From J. As police misconduct has always been an issue, especially for inner-city youths and minorities, it was only logical Hip Hop would become one of the major vehicles to express outrage. For this list, we have selected 10 of the best Hip Hop tracks dealing with racial profiling by police, racist cops, and police brutality. Are there songs missing you feel should have been included? Let us know in the comments! Always having songs for the mainstream and the ladies, LL also dropped plenty of real Hip Hop.
"Rockstar (BLM Remix)"
Before and after Chuck D and Public Enemy helped coin that phrase with their seminal contribution to the Do The Right Thing soundtrack , hip-hop artists have spoken on the strained relationship between the criminal justice system and the Black community, with law enforcement being the main target of that ire. From acts like N. However, specific instances, such as the assault of Rodney King , as well as the murders of Amadou Diallo , Sean Bell, Oscar Grant , Mike Brown , Sandra Bland , Jeremy McDole, and countless others at the hands of the police have sent the hip-hop community into a rage.
It has been a long week and a half. Black Lives Matter protesters have taken to the streets not only in Denver but all over the world after the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police. While people use their voices to speak up, others seek to understand this moment and the long history that has led up to it. Whether you want to read about the black experience or listen to people of all colors and creeds share their perspectives , now is the time to expand your horizon and educate yourself. We have compiled a playlist of modern black musicians whose music powerfully tells their story and their experiences. These 10 songs are just the beginning. When you're ready for the next level, you can explore this song Spotify playlist. Speaking to the souls of black listeners from every spectrum, Blood Orange's "Negro Swan" album is a beautiful compilation of stories.