Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Malcolm X and Hip-Hop

As a young Hip-Hopper in the 80's and 90's the rhetoric, philosophy and legacy of Malcolm had a huge influence on my generation. Groups such as X-Clan, Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions, re-introduced the civil rights and Black Power movements to us in a Hip Hop form.

"What's my mindstate if my state ain't Black, but Moses, Malcolm and Huey are back."
Brother J, X-Clan

Below is reading of Malcolm X's "Message to the Grassroots", by Mos Def.

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