Political rap (also political hip hop) is a sub-genre of hip hop music that developed in the 1980s. Inspired by 1970s political preachers such as The Last Poets
and Gil Scott-Heron Grandmaster Flash And The Furious Five
released the first well-known sociopolitical rap song in 1982 called "The Message
", which inspired numerous rappers to address social and political subjects.
Explicitly political hip hop is related to but distinct from Conscious Hip Hop
because it refers to artists who have strong and overt political affiliations and agendas, as opposed to the more generalized social commentary typical of conscious hip hop. It can also be used to include political artists of all ideological stripes, whereas the term conscious hip hop generally implies a broadly leftist affiliation or outlook. Interestingly enough political rap has also drawn criticism and controversy just like the gangsta rap sub genre. Usually due to controversial, and polarizing political statements.