by: Maya Dykes
What is political hip hop?
This type of music is what started a lot of the while east coast west rivalries that included rappers like Tupac, Biggie, NWA, Snoop Dogg and many others.
Popular songs like, "Fight The Power" and "Self Destruction" suggested the emergence of a hip hop inspired political movement. Along with more serious lyrical content, these rappers began trading in their gold chains for African medallions and their expensive designer clothing for unadorned utilitarian wear. During this period, it was more of the rap artists rather than churches or community organizations connecting with the disenfranchised urban youth.