PART 3 - Rap, Race & Riots (How the Rodney King Verdict Changed Hip Hop)

For years before the Rodney King beating, hip hop had been talking about the way young black males were being mistreated by the police departments in their neighborhoods. With the exception of the fans of the art, and those living in those communities, their cries were widely ignored. The most well known track about the relationship, N.W.A.’s “Fuck The Police”, got the attention of the federal government who would send a cease and desist letter to the groups' record label. The news of this only made the group more popular, and to make matters worse, their music was becoming more and more popular in the suburbs.

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Top 10 Hip Hop Songs About Hip Hop - #5

Welcome Back and TGIF! Continuing our Countdown of the Top 10 Hip Hop songs about Hip Hop ...our #5 spot comes in from the West Coast

5. N.W.A. - Express Yourself

Cause some don't agree with how I do this
I get straight, meditate like a Buddhist
I'm dropping flavor, my behaviour is heriditary
But my technique is very necessary

It's crazy to see people be
What society wants them to be, but not me

Ruthless is the way to go, They know.

Others say rhymes that fail
To be original.

Or they kill where the hiphop starts,

Forget about the ghetto and rap for the pop charts
Some musicians curse at home
But scared to use profanity when up on the microphone

Yeah, they want reality.
But you won't hear none.

Cause if you wanna start to move up the chart
Then expression is a big part of it.


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