Hip-Hop as a Political Tool

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Hip-Hop as a Political Tool
Five steps to using hip hop within a political framework and to developing a viable political constituency in the hip-hop generation.
Many people who want to politically and civically engage young people see hip hop culture as the best avenue to accomplish these goals. Although hip hop culture is ubiquitous, particularly in relation to youth, such a road is fraught with landmines, given controversial rap music lyrics that tend to sensationalize violence, crime and sex and rap music videos that depict women as sex toys.
However, for social change agents intent on this path, the challenge is to begin to formulate strategies that use hip hop to foster young people’s interest in and engagement with issues that impact them and their communities.

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