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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

2015 in Review: A Very Good Year at the Movies

What do “Straight Outta Compton,” “Carol” and “Mad Max: Fury Road” have in common? They all made Truthdig film reviewer John Patterson’s 2015 list of favorites.

Posted on Dec 28, 2015 READ MORE

The Case for Backing President Kanye West in 2020

Using the singer and 2020 presidential hopeful’s progressive rap lyrics as the basis for a potential political platform, writer Osman Faruqi argues that “Kanye West would be the best president in U.S. history (seriously).”

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

This Powerful ‘Rap Against Rape’ by Two Indian Women Has Gone Viral

Two young Indian women, performing under the moniker BomBaebs, have made a captivating—and now widely played—video attacking sexual violence and misogyny in their country.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN

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

Rapper Nipsey Hussle Tries New Way to Sell Albums in Shifting Industry

Los Angeles-based rapper Nipsey Hussle has released his new album, “Mailbox Money,” online for free. So what’s in it for him?

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE

Macklemore Fights Homophobia With ‘Same Love’ at Grammys

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna together performed the anti-homophobic bigotry song “Same Love” live at the Grammys on Sunday.

Posted on Jan 28, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN

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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


Lupe Fiasco Booted From Inaugural Concert After Anti-Obama Rant (Video)

The rapper took to the stage at the StartUp RockOn concert in Washington, D.C., on Sunday night and proceeded to sing his anti-war song, “Words I Never Said”—which includes lyrics such as “Gaza Strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit / That’s why I ain’t vote for him, next one either”—for roughly 30 minutes.

Posted on Jan 21, 2013 READ MORE

Remy Raps: ‘Raise the Debt Ceiling!’

The debt ceiling drama has gone on so long that the issue has reached a critical cultural benchmark: A rap video urging Washington to take action on the matter has gone viral.

Posted on Jul 28, 2011 WATCH & LISTEN

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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AP / Diane Bondareff

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


Iraqi-American Rap on the War

Iraqi-American rapper TIMZ responds to the war with this video, titled simply “Iraq.” The first verse is meant to be from the perspective of an Iraqi, the second from an American. Both have the intensity that has made the genre such an effective avenue for political and social commentary.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Jabari Asim: Epithetical Distinctions

One of the poets credited with giving birth to rap music gives us another take on the most taboo racial epithet of them all.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE

Jabari Asim: Lyrics Rated M, for Murderous

Are rappers’ ultra-violent rhymes a sign of lethal intent or just a cry against oppression?

Posted on Dec 25, 2006 READ MORE

Jay-Z boycotts Cristal

Jabari Asim: In the Jay-Z/Cristal Flap, a Ray of Hope?

With the superstar rapper (above) boycotting the vaunted champagne company for publicly insulting him, might this be an opportunity to encourage the hip-hop and liquor industries to stop pushing alcohol on kids? 

Posted on Jul 7, 2006 READ MORE

David Muhammad

David Muhammad: The Truthdig Interview

The prominent black activist and mentor for incarcerated youth in Oakland, Calif. argues that it’s time to hold hip-hop artists accountable for the messages behind their music.

Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE

David Muhammad

David Muhammad: The Truthdig Interview

The prominent black activist and mentor for incarcerated youth in Oakland, Calif. argues that it’s time to hold hip-hop artists accountable for the messages behind their music.

Posted on Apr 3, 2006 READ MORE

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