People love to argue about the First Amendment that guarantees free speech. However every now and then consequential actions towards hip-hop artists remind music artists in general that those rights are not always protected. Society and government are not the only ones that try to censor hip-hop artists but so do label executives and distributors. On the other hand, society does not understand that most music artists feed from the anger that these issues create. Some artists use these comments and persecutions to add to their array of talented lyrical abilities. They practically spit back in the face of society, showing no fear and remorse towards what they have said in their songs. They look at life as a â€śstruggleâ€ as one group Dead Prez claims, putting on paper what they believe in to make a better life for themselves and their people. This article is on an interview with rap group Dead Prez taken out of a â€śMusic Mattersâ€ page in the December 2000 edition of The Source magazine. Dead Prezâ€™s
Artists like Dead Prez go through these persecutions and criticisms everyday. Although they know that they go through this because of their rebellious lyrics towards local and federal government, they continue to do so because they strongly believe in it. Artists like these put the flexibility of the First Amendment to the test, creating controversy everywhere they are heard or seen. Like Tupac Shakur, they look at life as a struggle that they cannot escape from. They know that they canâ€™t do anything for themselves but to put the lyrics down on paper and as Dead Prezâ€™s M-1 said in this article, â€śIt boils down to power in the hands of the people.â€ť
Dead Prez is not concerned with any views of the FOP or PBA because stic.man and M-1 can care less about what they have to say about anything. They know that none of theses organizations can ban any of their lyrics, but the main reason why they were banned was because the general concern was that they would incite some violence. Taha, of Black August, says th
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Federal Government Of The United States, Mumia Abu Jamal, Tupac Shakur, Hip Hop Music, First Amendment To The United States Constitution, United States Constitution, Society And Government, Prez, Federal Government, National Government,
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