It’s been an extremely difficult past few years for people of color especially the African American community. With the increase of blatant police brutality, killings and lack of justice for people of police killings has shaken the nation to its core. Thankfully, a movement has grown to raise awareness and call for justice for victims and to point out the injustice of police brutality and killings with the rise of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
The movement has grown strong enough to move major artists from all genres of music to address the injustice through their music. This list isn’t simply meant to be a collection of songs or artists, but hopefully a starting point for us to encourage the production of more music centered on social justice issues and encourage artists to focus more on these issues and encourage them to produce more and apply more pressure and awareness around the injustices happening against people of color.
So after going through this list Tweet at these artists and call your local radio stations to play these songs.
1. T.I. – New National Anthem ft. Skylar Grey
By far one of my favorite songs by T.I. and summarizes the depth of the injustice happening against African Americans. The lyrics are really powerful along with T.I.’s commentary in the song is great:
2. T I.-Warzone
I’ve recently been following T.I. While he produces the typical drug, misogynistic, and materialistic music of your average rapper he’s produced some pretty powerful songs that address the injustice of police killings in America. The music video to this song is pretty powerful—check it out.
3. T. I. – We Will Not
Another powerful track by T.I.
4. T.I. – Black Man ft. Quavo, Meek Mill, Rara
Another great track by T.I., but featuring Quavo, Meek Mill, and Rara.
5. Usher-Chains ft. Nas, Bibi
Another Atlanta artist, Usher produced a song called Chains. The imagery and the lyrics in this song are powerful and heart-wrenching. Check it out:
6. The Game – Don’t Shoot Ft. Diddy, Rick Ross,2 Chainz, Fabolous,Yo Gotti,Wale,DJ Khaled
Not a big fan of any of the artists in this song since they typically rap about the average rapper topics, but the lyricism and message in this song is powerful.
7. Plies-We are Trayvon
A tribute to Trayvon Martin. Powerful lyrics and imagery.
8. Seether-Nobody Praying for Me
I’ve been a big fan of Seether’s work since my high school days and was happy to see they made a song about police brutality and killings with this song. The music video is powerful and heart-wrenching. The music video also has an accompanying website:
9. Hasan Salaam ft. Immortal Technique & Hezekiah – JERICHO
Hasan Salaam one of my favorite underground rappers teams up with Immortal Technique and Hezekiah to speak strongly against police brutality and police killings.
10. Run the Jewels-Early
Killer Mike produces an amazing song with Early.
11. Run the Jewels-Close Your Eyes (and Count to F**k)
The imagery in this music video is powerful and symbolic. Check out this article for more details:http://www.spin.com/2015/03/run-the-jewels-music-video-close-your-eyes-and-count-to-fuck-cop-black-man-fight/
12. Vic Mensa- 16 Shots
Recently found Vic Mensa and thought this was an amazing song and powerful music video.