Throwback Jams: Sounds Of Protest


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With the Baltimore riots and recent deaths of Eric Garner, Freddie Gray and Trayvon Martin weighing heavily on America’s mind, VIBE dug through the crates for some old-school protest anthems. From N.W.A.’s blatant middle finger to the men in blue to Nas and Lauryn Hill’s mission to rule the world, here are the records that demanded change.

Marvin Gaye “What’s Going On”

Billie Holiday “Strange Fruit”

Nina Simone “Blackbird”

Bob Marley “The Redemption Song”

Lucky Dube “Slave”

Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and Big Daddy Kane “Burn Hollywood Burn”

Michael Jackson “They Don’t Care About Us”

N.W.A. “Fuck Tha Police”

The Roots “Guns Are Drawn”

The Fugees “Ready Or Not”

Tupac “Changes”

Lifer’s Group “Belly of the Beast”

KRS One “Sound Of Da Police”

Kool G Rap, DJ Polo, Biz Markie and Big Daddy Kane “Erase Racism”

Mos Def “Umi Says”

Blackstar feat. Common “Respiration”

Quasimoto “Low Class Conspiracy”

Wyclef Jean “If I Was President”

A Tribe Called Quest “Sucka Nigga”

Stevie Wonder “Living For The City”

Lupe Fiasco “Hurt Me Soul”

James Brown “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”

Nas “One Mic”

Baby Huey “Hard Times”

Sam Cooke “A Change Is A Gonna Come”

Jadakiss and Anthony Hamilton “Why”

Nas and Lauryn Hill “If I Ruled The World”

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