[personal profile] alexbayleaf posting in [community profile] rec_me_music
Can anyone rec me political rap music?

Some stuff I've liked:

Rage Against the Machine <--- probably my favourite
Ice T / Body Count
Chuck D. / Public Enemy
dan le sac vs. scroobius pip
The Herd (but I find them a little musically fluffy for my tastes)

Listened to but haven't really grabbed me yet (but would welcome recs for particular tracks/albums):


I've investigated Zack de la Rocha's side projects and discovered One Day As a Lion, and bought their EP. Here's the video for the single off that, which I really liked:

More along those lines would be amazing!

Date: 2011-10-02 01:25 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lilacsigil
MIA, or "Kusu Kalkmaz" by Sultana.

Date: 2011-10-02 03:20 am (UTC)
instantramen: two men in red shirts and black jackets on a black background (we're a motherfucking social club)
From: [personal profile] instantramen
You should definitely check out Street Sweeper Social Club. Here are the videos for their cover of Paper Planes, 100 Little Curses, and Promenade.

Date: 2011-10-05 03:43 am (UTC)
instantramen: a woman with black hair and white skin pouring water from a kettle (Default)
From: [personal profile] instantramen
Happy to help!

Date: 2011-10-02 04:47 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aris_tgd
Flobots? You'll probably be most familiar with "Handlebars", but almost everything off their first album is not only political, but terrific. (Their second album is more disappointing.)

Here's a link to "Stand Up" with lyrics.

Date: 2011-10-05 01:36 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cadenzamuse
This. I really love the album Fight with Tools.

Date: 2011-10-02 06:06 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] holyschist
Hmm, I am not sure about the rap/hiphop divide and not enough of a listener to compare with anyone you've mentioned, but Samian and Tru Rez Crew both touch on First Nations political stuff. For the former, it probably helps if you at least speak French (Algonquin, too), although I speak neither and still enjoy his stuff.

Date: 2011-10-02 07:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rydra_wong
Talib Kweli!

Date: 2011-10-02 08:38 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naraht
Sage Francis.

Date: 2011-10-02 04:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] lotesse
Seconding this!

Date: 2011-10-02 09:57 pm (UTC)
tim: Tim with short hair, smiling, wearing a black jacket over a white T-shirt (Default)
From: [personal profile] tim
Everything by the Coup (led by Boots Riley), who's also in Street Sweeper Social Club, which was already recommended.

"We Are The Ones": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jf_8pHCqf4 (from Pick A Bigger Weapon)

"Dig It": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUctLe-Fdu4 (from Kill My Landlord)

"Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ImD4l1l0bA (from Steal This Album)

That should get you started.

Date: 2011-10-03 12:09 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maevele
Saul williams is hip hop, right? at least sometimes. and he's awesome and political.

Date: 2011-10-05 10:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] maevele
His stuff before that is a little less industrial, a little more spoken word/hiphop. He's my favorite.

Date: 2011-10-21 03:45 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] tdwf
Saul Williams is fabulous. "Telegram" is one of my favorites, and then "Coded Language" and then "Act III, Scene 2".

Date: 2011-10-03 08:16 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] copracat
Your request reminded me of this article about hip-hop and rap artists in North Africa. There are links to the music/musicians.
Edited (html fail) Date: 2011-10-03 08:16 am (UTC)

Date: 2011-10-03 11:43 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenbasil
Blue Scholars! They're fairly new to me, so I can't recommend which album to start with, but here's what I'm listening to this second...


Date: 2011-10-17 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] gwenbasil
:D Glad you like! The Coup was recommended to me by the same guy who showed me Blue Scholars. Different sound, funnier.

Ride the Fence

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Date: 2011-10-03 02:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] leek
Sharing a Youtube link for Detroit artist Invincible: http://youtu.be/ze-S5Wz0iTc [starts automatically]

She's one of my favorites and entirely political, about both issues in deteriorating industrial cities like Detroit, but also about the Palestine/Isreal conflict.

And K'naan is also amazing. Youtube link: http://youtu.be/QHjgcE4YYsQ

Date: 2011-10-03 02:14 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] beatrice_otter
Talib Kweli, Beautiful Struggle; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lty_m89mFqA

Date: 2011-10-03 11:41 pm (UTC)
katarik: Marvel Comics: young Nighthawk (Let's start a riot.)
From: [personal profile] katarik
Mega Ran/Random and Lost Perception, Cry of the Planet


Date: 2011-10-04 01:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] surexit

There are a few UK artists who currently come to mind. This isn't necessarily the ones who are the best, or a good overview of the UK scene or anything, just a random assortment of artists who are vaguely political. I'm going to link to one video each (not necessarily their best track - it depends what's on youtube, and for some of them I just have ridiculous fondness for a certain track), but I have more recs for a lot of them if you want to follow up.

I originally had this divided into 'particularly politically conscious' and 'personal-is-political', but actually I don't want to make that decision. Soooo, not everyone who's linked here has a massive back catalogue of politcal stuff, but they've all got a certain amount of consciousness, either globally or within the UK.

Lowkey (basically everything he's doing recently is political, he's a Big Deal in the political hip-hop scene in the UK), Logic, Akala, Cyclonious, Rewd Adams, Rodney P, Cash, Lioness (crappy version, and this is definitely a personal-is-political issue, she doesn't have much political stuff, but women making music in the UK rap scene is a pretty political act to begin with - if you want, I have a couple more recs of UK women), JME (just to have some grime representation, he's another very personal-is-political and his inclusion on this list is VERY tenuous - I can argue for it, a little bit, on the basis of his conscious rejection of some of the more destructive aspects of the grime scene, his pride in his university education, and his focus on the mechanics of music-making), Skinnyman (LEGENDARY), Klashnekoff ('I don't rep postcodes cah I don't own dirt' ♥__♥).

I WILL STOP NOW, before I start linking to Scottish rappers with the justification that it's political because they're Scottish or something, or just chucking down EVERYONE I HAVE EVER LIKED without any political justification at all.


Date: 2011-10-05 03:33 am (UTC)
surexit: A bird held loosely in two hands, with the text 'kenovay'. (Default)
From: [personal profile] surexit
In that case, focus on Lowkey, Logic, and Akala: they're pretty much entirely political.

And I apologise if I've steered you wrong on any of them. :D


Date: 2011-10-05 03:44 am (UTC)
surexit: A brightly smiling girl in a spotted headscarf. (:D)
From: [personal profile] surexit
Also, if you're at all interested in stuff that is closer to performance poetry than rap, then there's Benjamin Zephaniah and Linton Kwesi Johnon.

Date: 2011-10-04 11:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] holzman_tweed
[profile] rev1, the Last Revolutionary MC

Date: 2011-10-07 07:06 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ordinal
Dead Prez and Immortal Technique are fairly basic ones - surprised not to see them mentioned. Emcee Lynx has an album under a CC licence at http://www.jamendo.com/en/album/16017 which isn't my favourite ever, but he's certainly political. Paris is pretty political as well.

I'd say that Immortal Technique was my top tip out of those if you like the old school stuff.