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List of Political Hip Hop Artists

In hip hop music, political hip hop, or political rap, is a form developed in the 1980s, inspired by 1970s political preachers such as The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron. Public Enemy were the first political hip hop group to gain commercial success.[1]Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released the first sociopolitical rap song in 1982, named The Message, which inspired many rappers to address social and political topics.[2]

List

Name Years active Continent Country Origin
(city, state)
Language Main concerns
A Tribe Called Quest 1985-98, 2006-13, 2015-17 North America USA Queens,
New York
English
Ab-Soul 2003-present North America USA Los Angeles,
California
English
Ace Hood 2006-present North America USA Deerfield Beach,
Florida
English
Aesop Rock 1996-present North America USA Northport,
New York
English
Akala 2004-present Europe England, UK Archway, London,
Greater London
English
Akir 2003-present North America USA Buffalo,
New York
English
Advanced Chemistry 1987-present Europe Germany Heidelberg,
Baden-Württemberg
German
Arrested Development 1992-present North America USA Atlanta,
Georgia
English
Assassin 1991-2011 Europe France Paris,
Île-de-France
French
Atmosphere 1989-present North America USA Minneapolis,
Minnesota
English
B. Dolan 1999-present North America USA Providence,
Rhode Island
English
B.o.B 2006-present North America USA Decatur,
Georgia
English
Beogradski Sindikat 1999-present Europe Serbia Belgrade,
Belgrade
Serbian
Big K.R.I.T. 2005-present North America USA Meridian,
Mississippi
English
Binary Star 1998-present North America USA Pontiac,
Michigan
English
Blood of Abraham 1993-2000 North America USA Los Angeles,
California
English
Blue Scholars 2002-present North America USA Seattle,
Washington
English
Boogie Down Productions 1985-1992 North America USA South Bronx,
New York
English
Braintax 1990-2008 Europe Great Britain Leeds,
West Yorkshire
English
Brother Ali 1998-present North America USA Minneapolis,
Minnesota
English
Corporate Avenger 1998-2005 North America USA Huntington Beach,
California
English Politics, knowledge, spirituality
Chance the Rapper 2012-present North America USA Chicago,
Illinois
English
Common 1991-present North America USA Chicago,
Illinois
English
Common Market 2005-2009 North America USA Seattle,
Washington
English
Cupcakke 2012-present North America USA Chicago,
Illinois
English Racism, LGBT, sexism, feminism
The Coup[3] 1991-Present North America USA Oakland,
California
English
Capital STEEZ 2009-2012 North America USA Brooklyn, New York City,
New York
English
Da Lench Mob 1989-1995 North America USA Los Angeles,
California
English
Dälek 1998-2011, 2015-present North America USA Newark,
New Jersey
English
DAM 1999-present Asia Israel Lod Arabic, English, Hebrew Israeli-Palestinian conflict, poverty
Dead Prez[4] 1996-present North America USA New York,
New York
English
Diabolic[5][not in citation given] 2003-present North America USA Huntington Station,
New York
English
Diamondog 1998-present Africa Angola Luanda,
Luanda
Portuguese
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy[6] 1990-1993 North America USA San Francisco, California English
Dizzy Wright 2010-present North America USA Las Vegas,
Nevada
English
Emcee Lynx[7] 2001-2011 North America USA Fremont,
California
English
Eminem 1988-present North America USA Detroit,
Michigan
English
Eyedea 1993-2010 North America USA Saint Paul,
Minnesota
English
Flobots 2005-present North America USA Denver,
Colorado
English
Fyütch 2005-present North America USA Nashville,
Tennessee
English
The Goats[5][not in citation given]
Greydon Square[8]
Hasan Salaam
The Herd 2001-present Australia Australia Sydney,
New South Wales
English
Hichkas[9][10][11]
Hopsin
Hostyle Gospel
Ice Cube 1984-present North America USA Compton,
California
English
Ice-T[12] 1982-present North America USA Los Angeles,
California
English Early work only
Ill Bill 1986-present North America USA Glenwood Houses, Brooklyn,
New York
English
Immortal Technique[13] 2000-present North America USA New York,
New York
English
J. Cole 2007-present North America USA Fayetteville,
North Carolina
English
Jay Electronica 1995-present North America USA New Orleans,
Louisiana
English
Jay Rock 2003-present North America USA Los Angeles,
California
English
Jedi Mind Tricks 1993-present North America USA Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
English
Jehst 1998-present Europe England, UK London,
Greater London
English
Joey Badass 2010-present North America USA New York,
New York
English
Kendrick Lamar 2004-present North America USA Compton, California English
Kanye West 1996-present North America USA Chicago,
Illinois
English
Keny Arkana 1996-present Europe France Marseille French
Killer Mike 1995-present North America USA Atlanta, Georgia English
KRS-One[14] 1985-present North America USA South Bronx, New York City,
New York
English
Kutt Calhoun 1993-present North America USA Kansas City, Missouri Lenguage
La Familia 1996-2011; 2017-present Europe Romania S?l?jan,
Bucharest
Romanian
Lauryn Hill 1989-present North America USA East Orange, New Jersey English
Lecrae
Logic 2009-present North America USA Gaithersburg, Maryland English
Looptroop Rockers
The Lost Children of Babylon[15][16]
Lowkey 2001-2012, 2016-present Europe UK London,
Greater London
English
Lupe Fiasco 2000-present North America USA Chicago,
Illinois
English
Manny Phesto 2010-present North America USA Minneapolis,
Minnesota
English
Manu Militari
M.I.A. 2000-present Europe UK Hounslow, London,
Greater London
English
Michael Franti 1986-present North America USA San Francisco,
California
English
Mr. Lif[17]
Mos Def[18] 1994-present North America USA Brooklyn, NYC,
New York
English
Narcy
Nas 1991-present North America USA New York City,
New York
English
Nipsey Hussle
Olmeca North America USA Los Angeles,
California
English, Spanish
Parazi?ii 1995-present Europe Romania Romanian political humor
Paris[19] 1989-present North America USA Oakland,
California
English
The Perceptionists[20]
Poor Righteous Teachers
Promoe
Psycho Realm
Public Enemy[21] 1982-present North America USA Long Island,
New York
English
Rafa Selase (Damon J. Smith) 2014-present North America USA Vallejo, California English
Rage Against the Machine (rap metal) 1991-2000, 2007-11 North America USA Los Angeles,
California
English
Ra Scion
R.A. the Rugged Man
Ras Kass
Rebel Diaz[22]
Reconcile
Rockin' Squat 1985-present Europe France Paris,
Île-de-France
French
The Roots 1987-present North America USA Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania
English
Sabac Red
Sage Francis 1996-present North America USA Providence,
Rhode Island
English
Scarface
Shahin Najafi[23][24]
Sole
Street Academics 1999-present Asia India Kerala Malayalam, English, Tamil
Street Sweeper Social Club English
Talib Kweli 1996-present North America USA Brooklyn, NYC,
New York
English
Terminator X
Tragedy Khadafi
Tupac Shakur 1987-1996 North America USA Harlem, NYC, New York English
The Visionaries
Saul Williams[25]
Urthboy Australia Sydney English
Valete 1997-Present Europe Portugal Benfica, Lisbon Portuguese
Vic Mensa North America USA Chicago, Illinois English
Vince Staples North America USA Long Beach English
Vinnie Paz
X Clan 1989-1995, 2006-present North America USA Harlem, NYC, New York English
Name Years active Continent Country Origin
(city, state)
Language Main concerns

See also

References

  1. ^ Political Rap. Allmusic. Accessed July 2, 2008.
  2. ^ Bogdanov et al. 2003, p. 563
  3. ^ Artists Biography
  4. ^ Democracy Now M1 Radical Hip Hop duo
  5. ^ a b Rolling Stone reviews
  6. ^ VH1 Artist Bio
  7. ^ Cover article: Donegal Press, September 2006
  8. ^ Greydon Square interview
  9. ^ "Iran's underground music challenge". BBC News. 8 May 2006. 
  10. ^ http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/wamc/arts.artsmain?action=viewArticle&pid=70&sid=11&id=1389630
  11. ^ http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-june-25-2009/jason-jones--behind-the-veil---the-kids-are-allah-right
  12. ^ Ice-T blinks, Robert Christgau, Village Voice, 11 August 1992
  13. ^ Heinzelman, Bill. "Political Hip-Hop Artists". UGO. Retrieved . [permanent dead link]
  14. ^ MTV: Music Genre: Political Rap
  15. ^ Hip Hop RnB Soul review
  16. ^ Hot Press Marxman
  17. ^ MTV Mr. Lif profile
  18. ^ MTV: Music Genre: Political Rap 2 Archived February 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ MTV: Music Genre: Political Rap 3 Archived February 17, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ San Francisco Bay Guardian Beat a Retreat
  21. ^ Rolling Stone: The Greatest Artists of All Time: 44
  22. ^ Diego Graglia (August 15, 2007). "Political Hip Hop at SOBSs". New York Daily News. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ "HipHop show in Berlin, in solidarity with the protest movement in Iran". Payvand Iran News. NetNative. 18 July 2009. Retrieved 2009. 
  24. ^ "Interview with Shahin Najafi about Illusion album". Deutsche Welle :International public broadcaster. Shahram Ahadi. 10 November 2009. Archived from the original on 11 July 2010. Retrieved 2009. 
  25. ^ Jambase Carrying the Weight

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