Playlist: Political Hip Hop in the 2000s

Playlist:  Politics and Hip Hop in the 2000s

Believe it or not, this is not exhaustive. I just went through my collection until I got tired (around 1 am). This is a mix of songs and albums. Take your time to work through it.

Select Albums

  1. Blitz the Ambassador – Double Consciousness
  2. Blue Scholars – Bayani
  3. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
  4. NYOIL – Hoodtreason (Deluxe Edition)
  5. Pharoahe Monch – W.A.R. (We Are Renegades)
  6. Immortal Technique – Revolutionary, Vol 1., The Third World Mixtape
  7. The Roots – Game Theory (2006)
  8. The Coup – all of their albums – Party Music, Sorry to Bother You, Pick a Better Weapon (in that order)
  9. Dead Prez – Get Free or Die Tryin’ & Pulse of the People Mixtape
  10. Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor II:  The Great American Rap Album
  11. Beastie Boys – To the Five Burroughs
  12. Brother Ali – Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color
  13. X – Clan – Return From Mecca (excellent comeback album)
  14. Public Enemy – How You Sell Your Soul to a Soulless People Who Sold Their Soul? (2007); Most of My Heroes Still Don’t Appear on No Stamp (2012)


  1. Paris – What Would You Do
  2. X – Clan – Weapon X, Prison (has Howard Zinn sample)
  3. Blitz the Ambassador – Remembering the Future, Revival, Free at Last
  4. Cannibal Ox – Iron Galaxy
  5. Mr. Lif –  Phantom (feat. El-P), Get Wise ‘91
  6. Kidz in the Hall – Move On Up
  7. Cap D – 1984 (has Noam Chomsky sample), Return of the Renegade
  8. Game – Letter to the King (feat. Nas)
  9. Self Scientific – Change
  10. Invincible – Locusts, Deuce/Ypsi, Detroit Summer, Emergence, Drunken Sleuth
  11. Pharoahe Monch – Free, When the Gun Draws, Welcome to the Terrordome, Agent Orange
  12. Akrobatik – Remind My Soul (beautiful track…)
  13. Eminem – Mosh, White America
  14. Jurassic 5 – Sum of Us, Freedom
  15. Tahir – Holiday Pay
  16. Jadakiss – Why
  17. Ice Cube – The Nigga Trap, A History of Violence, Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It (original + remix)
  18. India Arie – I am Not My Hair
  19. Nas – Shine On
  20. The Roots –  Quills, Criminal, Rising Down, The Fire,
  21. Lauryn Hill – Rebel
  22. Scarface – Look Into My Eyes
  23. Kanye West with Q-Tip, Common, and Rhymefest – We Can Make It Better
  24. Talib Kweli – The Proud, Black Girl Pain, Ghetto Show, Distractions
  25. Reflection Eternal – In This World, Ballad of Black Gold
  26. Damien Marley – Confrontation, Road to Zion (Feat. Nas)
  27. Common – The Hustle, New Wave, The Corner, They Say, U, Black Maybe, Forever Begins, I Have a Dream
  28. Janelle Monae because she transcends boundaries.
  29. Lifesavas – Freedom Walk (Feat. Dead Prez)
  30. (Young) Jeezy – Crazy World
  31. Lupe Fiasco – American Terrorist, Little Weapon, All Black Everything
  32. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Still No Surrender
  33. Cunninlynguists – K.K.K.Y., Murder
  34. Eve – Love is Blind
  35. Reks – System
  36. Styles P – I’m Black (Feat. Marsha Ambrosious)  (Interesting story about this song. “I’m Black” was supposed to be Styles’s first single for an album. He argued that radio stations banned the song, which is unfortunate because it’s actually a really good track–Alchemist on the beat–with rather uplifting lyrics.
  37. Brother Ali – Letter to the Government, Uncle Sam Goddamn, Forest Whitaker
  38. Rhymefest – Prosperity
  39. Murs & 9th Wonder – The Problem Is…(feat. Sick Jacken)
  40. DJ Babu with Chace Infinite & Sick Jacken – Black and Brown Army
  41. Childish Gambino – Outside
  42. Danny Brown – Torture
  43. Killer Mike – Reagan
  44. Big Boi –War
  45. J. Cole – Miss America, New York Times
  46. Kendrick Lamar – Ronald Reagan Era, Hiii Power (possibly my favorite song of his)
  47. Ab-Soul – The Rebellion
  48. People Under the Stairs – More Than You Know, Reflections
  49. Zion I – , Oxygen, Come Together (Feat. Black Thought)
  50. Gangstarr – Riot Akt
  51. Obie Trice – Wake Up

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