Kendrick Lamar: “Hip-hop is not the problem. Our reality is the problem of the situation. This is our music. This is us expressing ourselves. Rather [than] going out here and doing the murders myself, I want to express myself in a positive light the same way other artists are doing. Not going out in the streets, go in the booth and talking about the situation and hoping these kids can find some type of influence on it in a positive manner. Coming from these streets and coming from these neighborhoods, we’re taking our talents and putting ‘em inside the studio.”
Here’s a visual mixtape, of sorts, dedicated to promoting those voices that work towards decolonizing minds and disrupting oppression-repression through hip hop music! All of the following artists not only provide a soundtrack to the struggle of various communities, but they do it in consistently fresh ways. Enjoy!
1. BRWN BFLO “What’s Good?”
2. Bambu “Beach Cruisin’ (Kid. W.I.K. Remix)”
3. Mane Rok & Deejay Tense “This One’s”
4. Rocky Rivera feat Otayo Dubb “Beautiful Struggle”