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Hip Hop The Voice Of Oppression

Posted on March 11, 2007 by

  
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I think that it's about time that the artists in mainstream hip hop realized exactly what kind of profound effect that they have on the youths that idolize the artists which symbolize the hardships involved in their day-to-day lives. Think about it, were it not for gangsta rappers like the ones that make up the Wu-Tang Clan or NWA or any of the other hard core groups of the early to late 90's, I dont think that the gang explosion would've ever happened.

I know for damn sure that I wouldn't have went anywhere near drugs were it not for GhostFace Killah ironman (check it out, the shit's wack!). It's becoming more and more common, where instead of promoting dealin crack, bustin caps and gang colours, they're using their voice for something different: Teaching the kids a lesson that's better learnt the easy way. That shit's bad, stay away. Its one of the reasons why I like Nas no much. To me, he was the first one that took a step in that direction with 'God's Son'.

I've got respect for him for that, stepping off the beaten path, and telling the kids something that'll acctually be useful, instead of something that'll get them 5 - 10 (if not life). Now, more and more rappers are doing the same, maybe because that's another type of message that sell, or maybe because they give a ****.

Either way, its what hip hop and rap was originally made to be. A voice against oppression, not a product of it.

- Feature by Jooba

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Comment by jooba_balooba, on 12th March 2007


This is all I got to say about this: if kids didnt idolize hip hop, jeans wouldnt be still be saggin..think about it.

Comment by dopederrick, on 12th March 2007


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Look man im just saying dont blame rap for peoples actions, thats just absurd

Comment by davinco, on 11th March 2007


Derrick, I bet you tie your own shoes too, eh? Jooba wasn't knockin wu at all, but if it wasn't for their style of rap, there'd be alot less drugs, gangs and violence on the scene right now. Ghostface was the feature artist on ironman, but it was raekwon's beats and verses that made it a classic. You got a problem with what he's saying, either prove him wrong or keep it to yourself, quit insulting someone who's bringin awareness to the ignorance involved in over-commercializing a political stament.

Comment by HHR, on 11th March 2007


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Well picked up on derrick, it was in fact ghostface's album. This feature was written by jooba(new member of the team).

i tend to agree with you on this one, hip hop may be associated with violence but doesn't neccessarily lead individuals to it.

Comment by dopederrick, on 11th March 2007


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U cant blame violence on hip-hop!!
and get your facts right, it's ghostface killah ironman from 1996, it wasnt that damn bad, and knew that off the top of my head, drugs and whatnot were around before nwa and they just said what everyone wanted to hear and felt, as for wu tang, they were probably greatest, and I dunno what ur thinking, there were worse rappers then wu tang when talking about violence ,this shit is just a life style, go listen to fukkin country if u gotta problem and yes nas is the greatest of all time in my opinion

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