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Political Music

In the past month, musicians Beyonce and Kendrick Lamar have used two of pop culture’s biggest stages to showcase their political message.

Beyonce’s Super bowl halftime show included her controversial new song “Formation.” Meanwhile, Lamar took home five Grammy awards and offered a visually and lyrically stunning performance of his own songs at the awards show. Queen Bey held court at the Super Bowl half-time show, urging people to join the cause, and get in formation. Leading an army of Afro-American dancers in black attire through a series of choreographed maneuvers concluded with the pumping of raised fists. Compton rapper Lamar took the stage at the Grammy Awards in a different formation, stepping out shackled and chained a story many young Americans know too well. Offering visual metaphors of police brutality and the complexity of prison with his band caged inside cells. Ending the song with a jailbreak and transition to “Alright,” an anthem about the struggle, showing a resurrection from the chain gain. Both performances where political statements, displaying the power of music, addressing generational problems encouraging listeners to change the psychological cycle. Bringing awareness to former activist groups (black panthers) and paying homage to ancestors who created a counter culture with food co-ops, free clinics, underground newspapers and exemption from the draft. Promoting a self-sufficient lifestyle and unity within the community. To see re cap of both performances click the links below… and as always


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The Reach

Although California has been in a recent drought there has been no shortage of good music from The Golden State, which is evident on the up-and-coming artist Boogie’s 2015 mixtape The Reach. Growing up in the gang-infested culture that traps so many fellow Compton youth Boogie uses The Reach to give his perspective of the strife and struggles he’s witnessed in his lifetime. This lyrical assassin put his skills on display from the intro, having no features from any other rappers but still managing to keep the listeners engaged on every song. The thing that stands out most about the project is Boogie’s lack of fear allowing the listener into his world, whether he is speaking on his family, his environment, or getting shot and bouncing back better than ever. This thought provoking mixtape can be seen as a sign of inspiration for those who are currently where Boogie has been, showing them that it is possible to make it over your obstacles. Be expecting big things in 2016 from Boogie as he has recently signed a deal with Interscope Records.

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