The social unrest that currently exists in this country has, of course, had a profound effect on the hip-hop world. Many artists have spoken out on issues affecting Black America, while others have used their music as a means of protest.
As cool as rappers may seem to you now, there was a time when your favorite spitter was in high school, and as dope as they may have seen themselves, we're certain that each one of them dealt with some serious haters.
Vince Staples has become a unique voice in the young hip-hop community. He's one of Rap (and NBA) Twitter's top trolls, but oftentimes, he provides insightful commentary on rap music, social issues, and the nexus between the two.
That Michelle Obama rap album with Iman Shumpert never became a reality. But she is still willing to bless the mic with her white hot bars, so long as it comes in service of her education initiative.
When it was first announced that Lil B would be lecturing at New York University in 2012, people were, understandably, pretty shocked, But after a ton of media coverage and positive feedback, the rapper continued his public, vaguely education speaking career,
Kevin Gates, a New Orleans, Baton Rouge native, had a tough time leaving the street life alone to focus completely on his music. It's a feat he seems to have finally accomplished though, but his troubled past is still well-documented in his lyrics.
Nas is one of the most respected emcees in the game, and it seems his clout is only growing, with the announcement that Harvard is creating a fellowship in his name. The announcement comes as a joint project between the Hip-Hop Archive and the W. E. B.