In the early days of hip-hop, female rappers were essential to the genre’s biology, unapologetically detailing their experiences of the world they lived in.
“The real story here is me and Black Lives Matter brought out 50,000 people today to peacefully protest and unite for change…That is history”.
The relationship between Motown and politics runs deep. At the heart of it was great music and a commitment to changing the world.
Tonight’s ‘Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theater’ will feature a cross-generational line-up of talent, including Kool & The Gang, Gary Clark Jr, and Dionne Warwick.
‘Let’s Stay (In) Together: A Benefit to Support the Apollo Theatre’ kicks off Black Music Month with remote performances from a cross-generational lineup.
In the way its music was presented and the universal themes its artists sang of, Motown broke racial barriers to move everyone, no matter their skin colour.
Hip-hop has always been politically charged, but with racial and social divisions becoming ever more fractured, conscious hip-hop is making a return.
Robert Glasper talks about R+R=NOW’s debut album, ‘Collagically Speaking’, and why it’s rare to be “so good at what you do but with no ego”.