Coming to Social Consciousness Through Hip-Hop

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Over at Rhymes and Reasons: The Stories of Hip-Hop, Chicago-based community organizer Jasson Perez talks about one song’s influence on his intellectual and emotional development:

I picked Tupac, “Keep Ya Head Up,” mainly because, well,  it’s a great song, and its probably one of the first songs that brought me to the level of consciousness that I have today, and like why I care about movement-building, why I care about social, racial and economic justice as I do and why I care about, like, women’s rights as much as I do, and it also had a huge impact on me raising my own daughter.

Listen to the podcast here.

Jasson Perez also references Outkast, LL Cool J, Little Brother, among others.

-Bridget Crawford

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