As far gone as hip-hop might be perceived to be from consciousness and knowledge, the original voice of the urban streets is still profound and effective when addressing vital issues within society. Though mainstream hip-hop music lacks a clear and distinct outlier in an emcee or group who champions a wise political or at the very least, informed, voice, there is still a vast number of music within the genre that relates to sociopolitical awareness and grasps at fundamental insights that every citizen should know. In light of the developments surrounding the fatal shooting of Mike Brown, we at The 5th have compiled a playlist that encourages a strengthened sense of knowledge and social attentiveness that would serve as crucial during these turbulent times. Hit the jump to take a listen.
Above all, we must not arm ourselves with destructive material weapons, but instead with knowledge, wisdom, spiritual and mental sustenance and a strong sense of community and alertness. The fine line between peaceful and passive is one we dare not cross, for if we are mindful of all this, then the former means will be successful.