There has been a lot of talk lately regarding one of the main elements of Hip-Hop, Rap: “the rhythmic spoken delivery of rhymes, wordplay, and poetry.” This discussion has even reached the presidential palace. In 2008 Obama stated that:
“Art can’t just be a rear view mirror, it should have a headlight out there, you know, pointing towards where we need to go. [So Hip-Hop needs to have] the audacity of hope.”
Obama’s search is admirable. One of the best ways to disseminate information and help improve our society is by sharing a positive message through music. After all, it is not just change that we want, but positive change.
Below you will find some amazing hip-hop that you will most likely never hear on commercial corporate mainstream media: the real thing, hip-hop at its best sharing a positive message that has the “audacity of hope” (excerpts from the lyrics have been included):