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Political hip hop

Music genre
NamePolitical hip hop
Stylistic originsHip hop, protest songs
Cultural origins1980's
Derivative formsConscious hip hop
Other topicsList of political hip hop artists

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Political hip hop (also political rap) is a sub-genre of hip hop music that developed in the 1980s. Inspired by 1970s political preachers such as The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron, Public Enemy were the first political hip hop group. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released the first well-known sociopolitical rap song in 1982 called "The Message", which inspired numerous rappers to address social and political subjects.

There are hundreds of artists whose music could be described as "political": see the List of political hip hop artists page for a partial list.

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I have re-edited and re-posted this video because the original version contained a couple of short clips from videos by Island Records and UMG. This meant that adverts were displayed on the video page. In addition, the video wasn't available in many countries including Australia, Costa Rica, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Greece, Czech Republic, Poland and Portugal. If this re-edited version is still not available in these countries then we can conclude that YouTube is actively censoring the video in order to restrict the number of views. Anyway, please remember to rate, comment and share this video so that we can wake up as many people as possible. Thanks :) Back in the late 70's and early 80's when hip-hop was in its embryonic stages, most rap and hip-hop tracks had a happy-go-lucky vibe, with lyrics that talked about such things as who was the best MC or DJ. There were more serious rappers, like Grandmaster Flash, who rapped about life in the ghetto. But even then, the songs had an overall positive vibe and the lyrics, although sometimes a bit deep and serious, usually tried to positively educate the young listener by speaking to them on their level and using terms that they can relate to. It was when we reached the mid 80's that hip-hop really started to evolve and many sub-genres started to develop. There were artists like Rob Base, Ice-T, Public Enemy, Run DMC, The Beastie Boys, Tone-Loc, De La Soul, and countless others. Whatever <b>...</b>
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WATCH IN HI-DEF HERE: From the new album, Acid Reflex. Available online and in stores NOW! © 2008 Guerrilla Funk Recordings and Filmworks, LLC. WWW.GUERRILLAFUNK.COM Written and Produced by PARIS Directed by Cory Shaw, Buildestroy, Inc. Just in time for election year, Paris returns to the now-seemingly apolitical world of hip-hop to once again inject his patented form of sonic vitriol into the musical landscape with his latest release, Acid Reflex. With commentary on a wide range of topics including black-on-black crime and violence, the ongoing problem of police brutality, illegal and immoral wars, the crooked arena of politics and the need for more of an equal balance between positive and negative influences in entertainment, Acid Reflex is the latest installment of cutting-edge funk-and-rock-inspired hip-hop in a career spanning the sale of over 3.8 million units independently worldwide. The lead single, "Don't Stop the Movement," provides a scathing reintroduction to Paris' polemics, and serves as a stark reminder of the type of potent politically and socially aware commentary in hip-hop that has become less and less frequent as the art form becomes increasingly corporatized and diluted for mass consumption. Featuring performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Parliament/Funkadelic frontman George "Dr. Funkenstein" Clinton, Public Enemy leader Chuck D. and newcomer and Paris-protege TK.ASH, Acid Reflex is a <b>...</b>
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The children of Reaganomics are all grown up now. Having survived two violent Bush regimes, those raised in the 80's and molded in the 90's are now strong enough and wise enough to revolt against the wicked oppressors on this Prison Planet. These children, who grew up lower middle class on the teachings of Marvel Comics as opposed to the New York Post, who have more faith in George Lucas' Force than they do the Holy Bible, are poised to strike. What brought them to this point? Could it be the broken homes? Faulty clinical evaluations? Is it the prescription medications or the illegal drugs, which have become one in the same? Or maybe it's the influence of Public Enemy, Paris, and the Dead Kennedys? Most likely it's a combination of them all mixed with a splash of American counter-culture by way of the Black Panthers, David Icke, and Abbie Hoffman. Emerging from this equation are two unforgiving lyricists who paint storyboards so vivid that the imagery rivals scenes from a Francis Ford Coppola screenplay. Stirring this pot is one producer with sonic landscapes plush enough to create the soundtrack to those images. Mix in current America, The Middle East, the war on terror, fear, paranoia, the war for oil, oppression, homelessness, depression, mind control, chemical warfare, sky rocketing taxes and global warming and what do you get? The Prison Planet that we are all serving life on. The prison planet where our only hope is The East Coast Avengers. Esoteric (of 7L <b>...</b>
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Grayco questions Jay-Zs purpose in Hip Hop, his rise to success, and his loyalty to the poor and oppressed in his Letter to Jay-Z.
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