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Tag: Hip Hop


Kor Element, Creator of Jill Stein’s Rap Anthem: We Need to Wake Up to the Possibility of Peace

In an exclusive interview with Truthdig, the poet, rapper and musician talks about “Christ consciousness,” his faith in the Green Party presidential nominee and the “political revolution” underway in the United States.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 READ MORE


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From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Syrian-American hip-hop artist and poet Omar Offendum shares his thoughts on the crisis in his home country in an intimate conversation on the “Uprising” radio program.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Rap Mogul ‘Suge’ Knight Charged in Fatal Hit-and-Run

The rap music icon has been charged in an incident in which one man was killed and another injured in a parking lot in Compton, Calif.

Posted on Feb 1, 2015 READ MORE



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Death of Artist Unites Greek Hip-Hop Community Against Fascism

The stabbing of Greek rapper Pavlos Fyssas by a sympathizer of Greece’s most prominent extreme right party earlier this month has led to the arrest of the group’s leadership and the unification of once bitterly opposed rap artists against racism and violence.

Posted on Sep 30, 2013 READ MORE



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WikiLeaks Lawyer on American Imperialism

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Julian Assange’s attorney, Michael Ratner, has a front seat to history. Also: Is this the golden age of the black quarterback? And a feminist explains why women can love Eminem. Plus: Robert Scheer on the pope.

Posted on Sep 19, 2013 READ MORE



Stop-and-Frisk: The World According to Questlove

Hip-hop hit a milestone this week, turning 40 years old. The same week, Federal District Court Judge Shira Scheindlin, in a 195-page ruling, declared the New York Police Department’s practice of stop-and-frisk unconstitutional.

Posted on Aug 16, 2013 READ MORE



Signs of the Apocalypse in Red Square

The Russian Orthodox Church warns that the legalization of gay marriage spells impending doom; former President Carter proclaims “America does not have a functioning democracy”; meanwhile, Booz Allen Hamilton took over Washington, and nobody noticed until Edward Snowden blew the whistle. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 24, 2013 READ MORE



The Double Life of a Hip-Hop ‘Mogul’

Aaron “Big A.T.” Tremble, the main player in Terrance Dean’s debut novel, “Mogul,” is a music producer with a secret: He’s on the up-and-up in his career, but he’s also on the down low, struggling to come to terms with his sexuality at the risk of losing his family and his fame in the hip-hop industry.

Posted on Jun 17, 2011 READ MORE


Stewart Schools O’Reilly on Common

And that’s just for this round between the two TV talkers—but who’s counting? Once again, Jon Stewart set his comic act aside for a more serious debate with Fox News’ leading loofah enthusiast Bill O’Reilly, this time over the White House’s shocking inclusion ... (more)

Posted on May 17, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN


Common Performs at White House, Earth Continues Rotating on Its Axis

Despite the collective outrage and alarm of noted hip-hop scholars Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin, the artist known as Common turned up on Wednesday to perform a spoken word piece at a celebration of poetry at the White House. And lo, it was good.

Posted on May 12, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN



Lupe Fiasco Calls Out Obama, Among Others

Lupe Fiasco is returning hip-hop to its best tradition: actually saying something. With his new track, “Words I Never Said” (listen after the jump), the rapper confronts such diverse topics as the war on terror and the foreclosure crisis, with rhymes such as “Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit | Thats why I aint vote for him, next one either | I’ma part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful.”

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


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Light Dims on Jean’s Bid for Haitian Presidency

According to an unnamed member of Haiti’s provisional electoral council, Fugee founder and hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean has been deemed ineligible to run for his country’s presidency. Jean, who no longer lives in Haiti, had announced his intent to run last month, stirring excitement among the country’s disillusioned youth.

Posted on Aug 20, 2010 READ MORE


Secret Weapon in the War on Drugs

This satirical Onion headline says it all: DEA Recruits Lil Wayne to Use Up All Drugs in Mexico.

Posted on Dec 29, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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