Does Hip Hop Support Police or Activists?


It has been six months since the death of Mike Brown in Ferguson. It has been only one month since the cop who was involved with Eric Garner’s death was not indicted. The world responded to the injustice in ways that showed we, as a nation are connected even hundred of miles away – though not in the most positive of ways. The protests, the riots, even twitter hashtags such as #Blacklivesmatter, #Alllivesmatter, and through social media even citizens in Palestine sent praise and support to the protestors. It seems every country has shown appreciation for the resilience to be complacent for the ongoing injustices.

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J. Cole is one of few popular artists to release music mourning Michael Brown of Ferguson.

There has been support from hip hop, mainly through twitter messages and wearing t-shirts. My question is: Where are the songs and concerts from mainstream hip hop showing support? Aside from one track released by J. Cole, I was expecting more from the hip hop world. There seemed to be more responses to Kendrick Lamar’s “Control” verse than support songs for the protestors. It would be unreasonable for every artist to dedicate an album for the cause, but hip hop was once a medium to display political and social issues. It seems most of the artists who have achieved commercial success, refrain from talking about real issues.. instead, they are more than ready to try and “Break the Internet”.

Typically liberal artists such as Nas, Jay-Z, Kanye, Nicki Minaj and Rick Ross have stayed surprisingly mum in the current social matters. Perhaps their voices have been silenced in fear of backlash from corporate sponsors. One would think artists, especially those who have spoken out before against mistreatment from police, would be itching to capitalize on this moment and turn it into some revolutionary beginning. This is in no way a suggestion to overthrow the government, but there is a missed opportunity hip hop greats do not seem to want to touch. That is my opinion on the matter, but what are your thoughts? Speak out!

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Troy Patterson

I was born in Long Branch New Jersey. During childhood I wanted to become a chef such as Bobby Flay or Martin Yen. I graduated from Johnson and Wales University in 2003 with the expectation of making a career into the foodservice industry. The dream slowly faded away after years of lusterless opportunities that only lead to more experience, but career growth. In 2007 I was hired in the telecommunications industry as a customer service representative. During these last few years the passion for writing grew as I had to learn to express myself in distinct ways. Today I am in pursuit in of a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism this year and I have a blog that has been running for a year. Also my articles have been published in two separate entertainment magazines with an established fan base. In addition to that LIB Magazine appointed their “Video of the Day,” which I search viral content that is SEO friendly. This is in addition to writing for the hip hop section of the magazine where I talk about issues within the hip hop community. I also talk about topics touch directly within the hip hop community in Long Island. I also write on my own blog about social issues and news stories that seems too unbelievable to be true.