Messages in Hip Hop

There are many artists who use music as an avenue to put forth a message of importance to them.  Artists such as Public enemy, 2Pac, Mos Def, Ice Cube, Nas, and Dead Prez have integrated controversial messages in their songs.  One song that comes to mind is Nas’ song – One Mic.  I interpret this song as the artist’s voice and eyes of what he has endure and seen in his lifetime.  Witnessing discrimination, inequality, corruption, poverty, racism, brutality and other issues that commonly affect many urban cities.  How many situations have we witness unjust behavior ensued and we just turn our heads and look away or too slow to take action.  The song One Mic, the lyrics and video grabs the audiences attention without displaying nudity, club scene or other ideas that are commonly associated with todays popular “hip hop” music.  

Lyrics – One Mic

All I need is one blunt, one page, and one pen
One prayer – tell God forgive for one sin
Matter fact maybe more than one, look back
at all the hatred against me, fuck alla them
Jesus died at age 33, there’s thirty-three shots
from twin glocks there’s sixteen apiece, that’s thirty-two
Which means, one of my guns was holdin 17
Twenty-seven hit your crew, six went into you
Everybody gotta die sometime; hope your funeral
never gets shot up, bullets tear through the innocent
Nothin is fair, niggaz roll up, shootin from wheelchairs
My heart is racin, tastin revenge in the air
I let the shit slide for too many years, too many times
Now I’m strapped with a couple of macs, too many nines…

Nas

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~ by harakim on June 15, 2008.

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