HIST R&R Project: Week 9 – Social Awareness

I like to classify Culture artists as those who spend the time releasing music that discusses social equality, politics and/or racism, police brutality. Over the past couple of weeks some of my favorite artists (and new artists I’ve come across) have released music on just that. 


Killa Kyleon released an entire album on the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s assassination, surrounding the idea that the dream died that day at Lorraine Hotel and that the black community won’t see equality in their lifetime. This album sides with the idea that the U.S. is still stuck in the 1960s and not 2017. I wrote an album review for the album, and i’m not lying when I say it had me in tears. See the album review here.

Joey-Badass-All-Amerikkkan-Badass-album-cover-art1.jpgThen the highly anticipated Joey BadA$$ album, ALL-AMERIKKKAN BADA$$, was released on Friday. Another incredible installment by the rapper turned actor, however, this album got a lot of backlash before it even dropped (3 songs were released before the album) because the content didn’t seem original. Joey in interviews has acknowledged the comments, saying that he feels like this was his time to finally get involved with the current social climate we’re in, as Trump isn’t making things easier for the community. See the album review here.

Below is a Spotify playlist of other artists who have released “culture” rap songs. Enjoy!