March 2015: A historical month in Hip-Hop

The month of March has welcomed two socially and morally conscious hip-hop discs that hopefully maybe the vanguard of more to come from other artists. The first is the much-anticipated, long-awaited “To Pimp a Butterfly” from Kendrick Lamar. The other many of you may not be aware of, “Eat Pray Thug” from HEEMS.

Both of these discs are addressing the climate of intolerance and the “struggle” experienced every day. Both discs Kendrick’s in passionately weaves a conscious tapestry of lyrical ambrosia that hip-hop has not had since Tupac. Instead of the get money, power, pu**y, cars, bling of most rappers today (Common is an exception) we get a steady diet of the life, injustices, racism (institutional as well) experienced not just by African-Americans but South Asian Americans also. On the heels of the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Muhammad Abu-Salha, Razan Muhammad Abu-Salha…

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