At the beginning of the movement, Hip Hop music served as a voice for the urban youth, the oppressed, it was a tool used to raise awareness to inner city turmoil. While that version of Hip Hop is no longer as pervasive as it once was, it still exists.
Portland, Oregon-based hip-hop artist and social worker Mic Crenshaw’s most recent album is Under the Sun.The Chicago native has a complex history: He’s been a violent troublemaker and a peace-seeking solution finder. And sometimes he’s been both.
Wasalu Muhammad Jaco grew up in rough neighborhoods in and around Chicago, where crack addicts would pass out on his front stoop. But, while his friends were drifting in and out of jail, he joined the chess club and the academic decathlon at high school.
Libyan-American hip hop artist Khaled M has closely followed the fight to oust Muammar Qaddafi. Khaled lives in Chicago but grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, home to a Libyan-American community active in opposition politics.
Simeon Viltz and Race of The Primeridian are up to no good again. They're about to release a new mixtape (or as they like to call it MixP3) with a whole slew of producers and features singing on it in between bursts of demonic laughs - WHOAHAHA!