Conscious Hip Hop
Honestly, I don't care about the fame
All I want's a little change and to see more positiveConscious hip hop or socially conscious hip-hop is a sub-genre of hip hop that focuses on social issues. It is not necessarily overtly political, but it discusses social issues and conflicts. Themes of conscious hip hop include religion, aversion to violence (usually), African American culture and advancement, the economy, or simple depictions of life in the projects/ghetto that reveal the struggle of ordinary people. Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five 's "The Message" was an early and hugely influential political and conscious hip hop track, decrying the poverty, violence, and dead-end lives of the black youth of the time. The audience for conscious rap is largely underground. Most conscious hip hop artists have not attained the same level of commercial success as mainstream hip-hop , though there are some notable exceptions to this. Like many cases within music, the umbrella term was originally coined by music audiences and critics rather than the actual artists themselves and has produced considerable backlash in regards to the labeling. Some of the most prominent artists affiliated with the term have been openly critical of the labeling. Conscious hip-hop artists has also gotten a few criticisms as well given rise to derogatory terms like "Niggas with Ankhs", and "Sistas with Headwraps". Stating that these artists are enforcing respectability politics, and classism. Lupe Fiasco for example has been hit HARD by this backlash.
—"Light Will Shine", Diafrix
- Arrested Development
- Big K.R.I.T.
- The Black Eyed Peas started like this (well, either this or Alternative Hip Hop). Then Fergie joined, and things were never the same.
- Black Sheep
- Bliss N Eso
- Bone Thugs-n-Harmony started to veer into this territory later in their careers. Fans are split over it.
- Caparezza, especially since the second half of The New Tens.
- Digable Planets
- Goodie Mob
- Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
- The Message (1982)
- Jay Rock
- Jean Grae
- Talib Kweli
- Kendrick Lamar
- good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012)
- Kool Moe Dee
- Lil B's Illusions of Grandeur and I'm Gay
- Lupe Fiasco
- Mos Def
- Public Enemy
- The Roots
- The music of Natasja Saad was this mixed with dancehall.
- Gil Scott-Heron
- Tupac Shakur
- Some of Kanye West's songs (mostly his earlier work)
- Most of Project Blowed's artist roster, especially Abstract Rude, Pigeon John, and Ellay Khule.