"Un-F_cK The World" through Hip-Hop
In 1996, the late great 2pac Shakur captured the frustration of the youth when he said, “I woke up this morning yelling F%#K The World”. Seventeen years later, the youth are feeling the same frustration, but we woke up this morning with a new message — “Un-F_cK The World”. Green For All is proud to be partnering with The League of Young Voters who teamed up with Dj Willie Shakes of Core Djs and Rock The Vote to remind people of the true power of Hip-Hop.
While some people believe that Hip Hop music only causes violence and degrades women, we must remember the true essence of Hip Hop is socio-economic empowerment. In fact, it is one of the few art forms that can speak truth to power and make the whole world listen. Tricia Rose said it best in her book “Hip- Hop Wars” when she stated “If commercially successful rappers produced as many songs about global warming and George Bush’s war in Iraq as they do about so-called bitches and hoes and if radio stations actually played these songs to any significant degree, those rappers could effectively address questions about global warming and the war.”
If you are looking for an example of the true power of Hip-Hop, take a look at the uprisings in the Arab Spring. Hip Hop artist like El General of Tunisa and Deeb Of Egypt has use their influence to encourage thousands of young people to take to the streets to demand justice and equality, which also inspired the Occupy Wall Street Movement. The interesting part is El General and Deeb openly credits African American hip-hop artist like Nas, Ice Cube and KRS-One as their sources of inspiration. This is a testament to the power of America’s urban youth. When we stand up, the world stands up with us. Now, it’s time to stand up and "Un-F_ck The World," with groups like the League of Young Voters and up-and-coming MC's like 'Fowl.'
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