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el p killer mike talk to kids

Proving that kids are in fact smarter than the U.S. government, El-P and Killer Mike sit down with a group of kids in a barbershop to talk about drug policies, female Presidents, the responsibilities of rappers and more of life’s pressing issues. Run The Jewels is for the children.

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kanye west martin luther king

Watching footage of Kanye Omari West in his formative years is always a blessing, not least because you can guarantee there’ll be flashes of the brash, fearless and endearing genius he grows up to be. In this clip from 1990, which was originally uploaded in 2012 but shared by Kim Kardashian on Twitter yesterday, a 12-year-old Yeezy takes to the podium in his middle school hall to recite a beautiful poem about Martin Luther King Jr. But not before announcing himself to the audience (“My name is Kanye West“) with the same confidence that has carried him all the way to the top of the totem pole. We can’t wait to see Nori do things like this when she’s older.

A man who fought for freedom/A man who fought for equality/Those who were against him/Were too blind to see/What this man was fighting for/So Blacks, Hispanics, Jews and Asians could put their foot in the door/Yes, we know that this man is great/That’s why today we celebrate/Everyone lifts their voice and sing/For a man who wanted freedom to ring/Martin Luther King is who I’m speaking of/A man whose name means love.

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killer mike martin luther king

Killer Mike was undoubtedly one of, if not the, most important voices in hip-hop last year, not only because of his rhymes on Run The Jewels 2, but for his powerful and heartfelt commentary on the Ferguson tragedy.

Commemorating Martin Luther King Day yesterday, the Atlanta rapper put pen to paper once again as he wrote an inspiring essay on the civil rights icon for OkayPlayer. In it, Mike paid tribute to MLK’s courage, philosophy and ideals while calling for all Americans to come together and continue to fight for his dream.

Killer Mike for President (in case you didn’t hear us the first time).

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jon stewart mike huckabee

Just weeks after ripping into Fox News’ Sean Hannity for referring to Jay Z as a “former crack dealer,” Jon Stewart came to Hov’s defense against another old, white figure of ignorance on last night’s episode of The Daily Show. This time the target was Republican Mike Huckabee, former governor of Arkansas and potential 2016 Presidential candidate, who claimed in his new book that Jay Z is “crossing the line from husband to pimp” when it comes to Beyonce’s career by “exploiting his wife as a sex object.”

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black dynamite the wizard of watts

Adult Swim’s Black Dynamite — an animated adaptation of the 2009 film of the same name — is capping off its second season with a special musical episode packed with powerful racial commentary and a star-studded cast. Titled “The Wizard of Watts,” the season finale is set in the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where its army of oppressive pigs finally become defeated through the melting powers of good old fashioned camcorders.

The primary villain in the Magical Land of Oz-Watts, where the story takes place, is a vicious pig clad in riot gear. Water does not neutralize this Oz villain; instead this baddie gets melted with a camcorder. “Oh, no! Not an irrefutable visual record of my illegal actions!” the anthropomorphized pig wails as he turns to mush at the musical’s climax. (via New York Times)

The episode was actually conceived two years ago, but feels all the more timely given the tragic events that took place in Ferguson and Staten Island last year. Tyler, The Creator, Chance The Rapper and Erykah Badu all lend their voices to the musical special, which airs on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim tomorrow night (January 10).

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danny brown childrens book

Some of Danny Brown’s songs may not be very family-friendly (you ever accidentally played “Handstand” in front of your grandparents?), but there’s no denying that his music carries an important message for kids, especially those who don’t have it all. Taking his talents outside of the studio, the Detroit rapper is trying his hand at writing a children’s book that he hopes will improve self-confidence and promote a positive body image in young black girls.

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nas millions march

As many as 60,000 people gathered in the streets of New York City on Saturday (December 13) in support of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, two cases that have come to epitomize the racial injustice that has forever existed in the American judicial system. With cameras handy, REVOLT managed to pick out two of hip-hop’s most recognizable faces — Nas and Russell Simmons — in the massive crowd.

“This is beautiful, man,” Nas said. “We need justice, that’s why we here.” Russell, meanwhile, was hopeful that a change will soon come: “It’s the culmination and beginning of — at the same time — a lot of hard work and the beginning of a shift, and I know for sure that there’ll be a change in the way the police police the police.”

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lebron i cant breathe

Monday night’s showdown between the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers at the Barclays Center drew extra attention thanks to a royal visit from Prince William and Kate Middleton, but the game also earned headlines due to players from both sides wearing “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirts before tip off, in honor of Eric Garner. Unbeknownst to many, however, the process of actually getting those T-shirts in the hands of the players was more complex than any of us could have imagined.

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killer-mike

Killer Mike appeared on CNN to discuss the Ferguson decision with Brooke Baldwin. The Atlanta rapper and activist opened up on his emotional speech following the decision, the moments after hearing officer Darren Wilson will not be tried in court, his thoughts of President Barack Obama’s comments on the situation, and what he would say to Darren Wilson if he stood in front of him.

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joey badass gives back to high school

‘Tis the season of giving, and Joey Bada$$ gave back to his old high school in a big way. After his collaboration with the J Dilla Foundation and Akomplice Clothing, which included unreleased music and a line of tees and crewnecks, raised over $10,000, the Pro Era rapper donated 100% of the profits to provide music production equipment to his alma mater, Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn. Akomplice caught Joey’s charitable return on camera, where he spent time with students and enjoyed a performance from the school band. Spread love, it’s the Brooklyn way.

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