"November is Hip-Hop History Month, where we give celebration to what hip hop has done to bring together people of the world, people of all nationalities, young people, all the political systems and politicians on the planet."
"November is Hip Hop History Month. It is a time to create, learn, and honor Hip Hop’s history and recognize those who have contributed to the culture. Hip Hop evolved from the energy generated by the Civil Rights Movement, and it remains a viable force in the fight for justice, even within politics.
Throughout the 21st century, especially during presidential elections, we have seen a rise in the active participation of the Hip Hop community. From Diddy’s “Vote or Die” Movement in 2004, to Jay Z campaigning for the Democratic Presidential nominee from 2008-2016, and even Killer Mike endorsing Bernie Sanders during the Democratic primary, Hip Hop’s presence has been widely felt. While often criticized for its lack of social consciousness, Hip Hop History Month is a time to remind ourselves of the culture’s activist history and power.
Hip Hop culture has been a political voice of the voiceless since its inception in the 1970s. Songs like “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five and “Fuck the Police” by NWA shed light on 1980s social issues, that continue to impact our nation and were addressed by most 2016 Presidential candidates. In the 1990s, artists such as Chuck D and KRS-One used their platforms to empower those within the culture, and call out questionable practices by elected officials. Rappers including Sister Souljah and Tupac Shakur became targets during political speeches due to their unapologetic stances on social justice issues. Unlike today, the hottest rappers received no love during election season, yet this only fueled the growth of Hip Hop culture’s political influence."