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12 People We Want To Do a Musical Protest for Ferguson

J. Cole

The tragic killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown and riots-slash-protesting in Ferguson, MO have been on everyone’s mind. Now hip hop’s own are beginning to speak out. J. Cole was the first to do a song about the uprising and wrongful killing of Brown, but he isn’t the only one we want to hear from. Many artists  have been taking to their Twitter and Instagram to vent about this uproar but have not sounded off on a song.

Check a list of 12 singers and rappers that we want to hear do a musical protest about this tumultuous time in history.

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Kendrick Lamar

K. Dot could lend his lyrical prowess to a song addressing something he is familiar with—a brutal police force. Kendrick has never had a brush with the law but he is from the home of the infamous LAPD where police brutality is nothing new. In this case, Compton is not the only m.a.a.d city we want to hear the good kid talk about.

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Remy Ma

Remy Ma just came home from doing a six-year stint in prison and the people are patiently waiting for her to release more music. Why not take a second and lay some bars about how it feels to come home and see that many things have changed but when it comes to the police, things have not.

 

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Nicki Minaj

It’s about that time for the head Barb to take a break from talking about how she “sons” these other rappers and showing off her assets. To have Nicki show her conscious side and release a song with some lyrical substance addressing a social issue, something she has never done, would be more compelling than her showing us her backside.

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Jay Z

When Jay Z talks, people listen. Hova is no stranger to voicing his opinion about what goes on in communities like Ferguson on wax. If he spoke up about the situation, Ferguson residents would have a soundtrack to their protest.

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Trey Songz

Trigga usually takes the sexy route when it comes to his music but hearing a socially-conscious, piano-driven ballad or mid tempo tune from the crooner would suffice at this time.

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Justin Bieber

The truth is right now Justin Bieber’s image is quite tarnished. He has been on his worst behavior for a while now and it has been overshadowing his music. TMZ releasing videos of him singing racist remarks as a teen has earned him a place in the  hall of  shame as well. One way to get back on people’s good side and show that he isn’t such a bad guy is to sing a genuine and heartfelt tune about this unfortunate controversy.

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Wale

A spoken word piece putting this outcry for change and revolution into poetic diction would further show hip hop’s social awareness and solidify Wale’s place in this turbulent ut historical moment.

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T.I

Tip recently turned to Instagram to vent about what factors have contributed to this uproar in Ferguson in two posts. The Atlanta wordsmith questioned why people are rioting and sounded off about America’s unfair treatment of blacks for generations. Transferring these sentiments in the booth should be the next step.

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Beyonce

King Bey doesn’t say much when it comes to social issues. During the Trayvon Martin controversy she supported the teen’s family at a rally and that was it. With police brutality reaching its peak and people being sick and tired, it may be time for Beyonce to speak up to help call for change.

 

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Game

Game has no problem speaking up about injustices and does what he can for those in need. He was vocal in the Trayvon Martin situation, even tattooed the slain teen’s face on his arm to pay tribute. Instead of getting a tat this time, the Jesus Piece rapper should show support through doing what he does best and hopping in the booth.

 

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Pharrell

Pharrell, Ferguson residents are not happy and we need to you speak up about it. The Oscar-nominated producer did such a stellar job at communicating his joy through song that now we need him to do the same for a not so joyous occasion. A song calling for peace would be right up his alley.

 

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Kanye West

Kanye rants and raves about corporations not letting him in and too many other things to name. So why not rant for a cause over some instrumentation? This would be a tangent worth lending your ear to.

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