List of political hip hop artists

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In hip hop music, political hip hop, or political rap, is a form developed in the 1980s, inspired by 1970s political preachers such as The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron. Public Enemy were the first political hip hop group to gain commercial success.[1] Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five released the first sociopolitical rap song in 1982, named The Message, which inspired many rappers to address social and political topics.[2]

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Name Years active Continent Country Origin (city, state) Language Main concerns
A Tribe Called Quest 1985–98, 2006–13, 2015–17 North America USA Queens, New York English
Ab-Soul 2003–present North America USA Los Angeles, California English
Ace Hood 2006–present North America USA Deerfield Beach, Florida English
Aesop Rock 1996–present North America USA Northport, New York English
Akala 2004–present Europe England, UK Archway, London, Greater London English
Akir 2003–present North America USA Buffalo, New York English
Advanced Chemistry 1987–present Europe Germany Heidelberg, Baden-Württemberg German
Arrested Development 1992–present North America USA Atlanta, Georgia English
Assassin 1991–2011 Europe France Paris, Île-de-France French
Atmosphere 1989–present North America USA Minneapolis, Minnesota English
B. Dolan 1999–present North America USA Providence, Rhode Island English
B.o.B 2006–present North America USA Decatur, Georgia English
Beogradski Sindikat 1999–present Europe Serbia Belgrade, Belgrade Serbian
Big K.R.I.T. 2005–present North America USA Meridian, Mississippi English
Binary Star 1998–present North America USA Pontiac, Michigan English
Blood of Abraham 1993–2000 North America USA Los Angeles, California English
Blue Scholars 2002–present North America USA Seattle, Washington English
Boogie Down Productions 1985–1992 North America USA South Bronx, New York English
Braintax 1990–2008 Europe Great Britain Leeds, West Yorkshire English
Brother Ali 1998–present North America USA Minneapolis, Minnesota English
Corporate Avenger 1998–2005 North America USA Huntington Beach, California English Politics, knowledge, spirituality
Chance the Rapper 2012–present North America USA Chicago, Illinois English
Common 1991–present North America USA Chicago, Illinois English
Common Market 2005–2009 North America USA Seattle, Washington English
Cupcakke 2012–present North America USA Chicago, Illinois English Racism, LGBT, sexism, feminism
The Coup[3] 1991–Present North America USA Oakland, California English
Capital STEEZ 2009–2012 North America USA Brooklyn, New York City, New York English
Da Lench Mob 1989–1995 North America USA Los Angeles, California English
Dälek 1998–2011, 2015–present North America USA Newark, New Jersey English
DAM 1999–present Asia Israel Lod Arabic, English, Hebrew Israeli-Palestinian conflict, poverty
David Banner 1994-present North America USA Jackson, Mississippi English
Dead Prez[4] 1996–present North America USA New York, New York English
Diabolic[5][failed verification] 2003–present North America USA Huntington Station, New York English
Diamondog 1998–present Africa Angola Luanda, Luanda Portuguese
The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy[6] 1990–1993 North America USA San Francisco, California English
Dizzy Wright 2010–present North America USA Las Vegas, Nevada English
Emcee Lynx[7] 2001–2011 North America USA Fremont, California English
Eminem 1988–present North America USA Detroit, Michigan English
Eyedea 1993–2010 North America USA Saint Paul, Minnesota English
Flobots 2005–present North America USA Denver, Colorado English
Fyütch 2005–present North America USA Nashville, Tennessee English
The Goats[5][failed verification]
Greydon Square[8]
Hasan Salaam
The Herd 2001–present Australia Australia Sydney, New South Wales English
Hichkas[9][10][11]
Hopsin North America USA Los Angeles, California English
Hostyle Gospel
Ice Cube 1984–present North America USA Compton, California English
Ice-T[12] 1982–present North America USA Los Angeles, California English Early work only
Ill Bill 1986–present North America USA Glenwood Houses, Brooklyn, New York English
Immortal Technique[13] 2000–present North America USA New York, New York English
J. Cole 2007–present North America USA Fayetteville, North Carolina English
Jay Electronica 1995–present North America USA New Orleans, Louisiana English
Jay Rock 2003–present North America USA Los Angeles, California English
Jedi Mind Tricks 1993–present North America USA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania English
Jehst 1998–present Europe England, UK London, Greater London English
Joey Badass 2010–present North America USA New York, New York English
Kendrick Lamar 2004–present North America USA Compton, California English
Kanye West 1996–present North America USA Chicago, Illinois English
Keny Arkana 1996–present Europe France Marseille French
Killer Mike 1995–present North America USA Atlanta, Georgia English
KRS-One[14] 1985–present North America USA South Bronx, New York City, New York English
Kutt Calhoun 1993–present North America USA Kansas City, Missouri Lenguage
La Familia 1996–2011; 2017–present Europe Romania Sălăjan, Bucharest Romanian
Lauryn Hill 1989-present North America USA East Orange, New Jersey English
Lecrae
Logic 2009–present North America USA Gaithersburg, Maryland English
Looptroop Rockers Europe Sweden English
The Lost Children of Babylon[15][16]
Lowkey 2001–2012, 2016–present Europe UK London, Greater London English
Lupe Fiasco 2000–present North America USA Chicago, Illinois English
Manny Phesto 2010–present North America USA Minneapolis, Minnesota English
Manu Militari
M.I.A. 2000–present Europe UK Hounslow, London, Greater London English
Michael Franti 1986–present North America USA San Francisco, California English
Mr. Lif[17]
Mos Def[18] 1994–present North America USA Brooklyn, New York English
Narcy
Nas 1991–present North America USA Queens, NYC, New York English
Nipsey Hussle North America USA Los Angeles, California English
Olmeca North America USA Los Angeles, California English, Spanish
Paraziții 1995–present Europe Romania Romanian political humor
Paris[19] 1989–present North America USA Oakland, California English
The Perceptionists[20]
Poor Righteous Teachers
Promoe Europe Sweden English, Swedish
Psycho Realm
Public Enemy[21] 1982–present North America USA Long Island, New York English
Rage Against the Machine (rap metal) 1991–2000, 2007–11 North America USA Los Angeles, California English
Ra Scion North America USA English
R.A. the Rugged Man North America USA Lawrence, Massachusetts English
Ras Kass North America USA Los Angeles, California English
Rebel Diaz[22]
Reconcile
Rockin' Squat 1985–present Europe France Paris, Île-de-France French
The Roots 1987–present North America USA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania English
Sabac Red North America USA English
Sage Francis 1996–present North America USA Providence, Rhode Island English
Scarface North America USA Houston, Texas English
Shahin Najafi[23][24]
Sole North America USA Portland, Maine English
Street Academics 1999–present Asia India Kerala Malayalam, English, Tamil
Street Sweeper Social Club English
Talib Kweli 1996–present North America USA Brooklyn, NYC, New York English
Terminator X
Tragedy Khadafi North America USA Queens, NYC, New York
Tupac Shakur 1987–1996 North America USA Harlem, NYC, New York English
The Visionaries
Saul Williams[25]
Urthboy Australia Sydney English
Valete 1997–Present Europe Portugal Benfica, Lisbon Portuguese
Vic Mensa North America USA Chicago, Illinois English
Vince Staples North America USA Long Beach English
Vinnie Paz North America USA Philadelphia, Pennsylvania English
X Clan 1989–1995, 2006–present North America USA Harlem, NYC, New York English
Name Years active Continent Country Origin (city, state) Language Main concerns

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References[edit]

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  2. ^ Bogdanov et al. 2003, p. 563
  3. ^ "Artists Biography".
  4. ^ "M1 of the Radical Hip Hop Duo Dead Prez Talks About Black Music and Politics". Democracy Now!.
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  7. ^ Cover article: Donegal Press, September 2006
  8. ^ Greydon Square interview
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