Poetic Justice: Hip-Hop and Black Liberation Theology

By Mimi Mendes de Leon, ’14


“It’s bigger than hip hop, hip hop, hip hop, hip

It’s bigger than hip hop, hip hop, hip hop, hip hop”

– Dead Prez “Hip hop”


When Macklemore, a white rapper from Seattle, won the 2013 Grammy for best rap album, The National Review joined the ensuing debate over the outcome of the awards ceremony, arguing that the Grammys put “politics before music.” By politics here, The National Review meant the public debate over social issues—in this case gay rights. Macklemore’s album featured the chart topping “Same Love,” the summer anthem for the marriage equality movement, and his win seemed, to The National Review, to be a statement of support from the music industry to the movement. Continue reading