Contrary to popular mythology, the art of rhyming rhythmically over the beat of a drum (rapping) was not invented in 1970s New York. The cultural wellspring from which hip-hop was drawn, goes far deeper, making it all the more powerful. It can be traced through reggae, jazz, blues, and ultimately back to the African griot traditions of the medieval west African empires. Akala, It’s a Hip-Hop Planet (via daughterofzami)

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Why must I rob you of your humanity to feel good about mine? Akala - Find No Enemy. (via aesfetic)

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When people take power over another group
We minimize their achievements so we can make it feel true
So if you think Columbus was first to sail ocean blue
You probably believe Elvis created rock’n’roll too Akala (via lunarhythms)

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Tupac died at 25. If Malcolm X died at 25 he would have been a street hustler named Detroit Red. If Martin Luther King died at 25 he would’ve been known as a local baptist preacher. And if I had died at 25 I would’ve been known as a struggling musician. Only a sliver of my life’s potential.

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