Healing Ferguson: 9 Hip Hop Songs About Revolution
Hip hop has been known to be the soundtrack of community pain and angst. At the wake of the killing of Michael Brown in St. Louis, the black community has been feeling an array of emotions considering that the pattern of black men being killed by police (no matter the reason) are increasing. Hip hop music used to articulate our emotions for us. The following songs were mainstays on the radio and recieved heavy play on MTV and BET. But in these times, chances of that happening seem very slim and the balance of music with messages seems incredibly off. The following records are songs that speak to revolution, whether it be a revolution needed in our own communities (Tupac “Changes”) or a revolution with our law enforcement, these records matter. We hope to see more of our skilled griots speak up and speak out. John Legend and David Banner are amongst the stars that continue to speak out against the injustices despite backlash.
David Banner recently spoke out about the difference between white cops killing black men and black on black crime:
“white cops do not see value in young, black men. And the reason why a lot of young, black men – not all black men – kill each other is because they don’t see any value either.
So many people have bought into this Americanized system, and America historically has always tortured, killed, and enslaved black people. And I have not forgot that. So, there’s a reason why we don’t see value, but it’s different because cops are paid to protect us.”
Click continue to see 9 hip hop songs that speak to change and question/challenge the system. This is just a small playlist. Feel free and comment to let us know what song speaks to you about change.