Politics As Usual

Politics As Usual

Hip-Hop started off as party music, but everything changed once Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five released the seminal song, "The Message." From that point on, Hip-Hop became one of the most important vehicles of expression for an entire generation. Politics As Usual looks at how those messages have evolved over time and why Hip-Hop has remained the voice of the people.

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Politics As Usual
  • Big K.R.I.T.: Politics As Usual

    Big K.R.I.T. has earned a reputation for injecting his songs with substantive lyrics and social commentary. In this interview, he discusses the impact Hip-Hop has had on driving social change, the importance of the message with the music and Hip-Hop's place as the voice of the people. K.R.I.T. ...

  • 9th Wonder: Politics As Usual

    9th Wonder is a legendary producer AND a Harvard professor. Who better to discuss the nexus between Hip-Hop and socio-political commentary? In this episode of Politics As Usual, 9th talks about the role music plays in effecting change, how Hip-Hop has bridged the gap between races, the importan...

  • Kendrick Lamar: Politics As Usual

    Kendrick Lamar talks about the impact Hip-Hop culture has had on the state of the Union. Kendrick reflects on the messages of everyone from Tupac and N.W.A. to Chuck D and even Rick Ross.

  • Jay Rock: Politics As Usual

    Jay Rock discusses the importance of honesty in his lyrics, connecting with people through his music, his admiration of Tupac and Nas for telling real ghetto stories and more. He also talks about the power words and music have in reaching people's minds and hearts and the role Hip-Hop played in ...

  • Stalley: Politics As Usual

    Stalley was raised around music from artists like Boogie Down Productions, which inspired him to craft his brand of Intelligent Trunk Music. In this episode of Politics As Usual, he speaks about his duty to say something positive and substantive in his lyrics, the need for rappers with greater i...