No genre will ever be as controversial as Hip-hop/Rap – not even Rock ‘n’ Roll and that is for sure as the genre boasts of open-mindedness and freedom (not until authorities decide to arrest rappers for using their voices to defend subjects against brutality, government policies, tyrants and blood-shedding cops). When this happens, people are pushed to act in their power and take judgment into their hands. These actions end well while some end up on the front pages of national dailies wherever the songs originate from.
F*ck the police – N.W.A
Since its release in 1988, the song has been one of the revolting rap songs ever in the sub-urban area of Compton and even California. The song made parents of white kids call the cops on the group which comprised of Ice Cube, Mc Ren, DJ Yella, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre. In the year of its release, the song made legislators in the upper chamber of America to pass a bill against the song. There were efforts to take it off radio charts, spin-offs and even vinyl plates. .
Jaga jaga – Eedris Abdulkareem
Eedris singlehandedly took the administration of President Olusegun Obasanjo in Nigeria. Eedris was even remanded in Lagos and Abuja jails when the song was popular. An unconfirmed news source even reported that OBJ flew in with a helicopter while Eedris was performing the song at a show, just to warn him against throwing dirt on his name and his government. Eedris would be thankful it was in the democratic era that he released the song.
All eyez on me – 2pac
2pac had guns flying all around New York. 2pac created nuisance with his song and police were looking for him while he was out in Tennessee for a show. 2pac literally named the song “All eyez on me” like he knew they would look for him in the aftermath of his song which also was the name of his album.
Alright – Kendrick Lamar
Kendrick was the face of musician activists and he pushed the boundary with this rap song. He spoke out for black people around the United States. He even gave a mind-blowing performance of the song at 2015 BET Awards. He did in that year when police brutality was at its peak in America.
Glory (soundtrack from motion picture “Selma”) – Common featuring John Legend
Martin Luther King had a movie dedicated in his name and the song here preached one of the best protests in United states history as “Selma” became a force in black history.
This article was written by Alex Ndace; he tweets via @AlexNdace