Supported by the USC Provost Collaboration Fund
PLAYLIST by RAP FACULTY:
“Alright” by Kendrick Lamar
Gotta start with today’s anthem. Its genius complex rhythms and lyrics, yearning for faith, and the way it has touched so many… amazing.
“I Am Not My Hair” by India.Arie
This wonderful song rejects external simplistic judgements about women and asserts self definition and self determination in a playful yet profound manner.
“Rule the World” by Michael Kiwanuka and “I am Jean” by Blu & Exile
The songs by blu and michael kiwanuka speak to the depth of identity and the necessity of voice.
“We Beg Your Pardon” by Gil Scott-Heron
“American Terrorist” by Lupe Fiasco
“Mo Money Mo Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G.
“Caroline” by MC Solaar
“Vocab! p (Prélude)” by Hocus Pocus
“Free Your Mind Radio Advert” and “Cosmic Slop” by Funkadelic
“Mes 2 amours” by MC Jean Gab
“Après l’automne” by Kalash
“Skin I’m In” by Cameo
I like to groove as I ponder issues of social justice and this infectious soulful-real cut does it for me.
“1960 What?” by Gregory Porter
Gregory, who got me at “Be Good,” further cemented his hold with this ode to a song that, sadly, stays relevant but also asks something of me/us too.
“Is It Because I’m Black” by Syl & Jimmy Johnson
Something about the way Syl and Jimmy lay this down has me reckoning with the power of anti-black racism and the need to name it and intervene in some kind of way.
“Get Up!” by Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite
“I Wanna Know” by Hocus Pocus
I feel this way most of the times, even though I know the questions of rhetorical question.
“Dreamer” by Prince
Thank you Prince. What a gift that keeps on giving.
“We The People” by A Tribe Called Quest
“Dis Generation” by A Tribe Called Quest
“The Killing Season” by A Tribe Called Quest
“Computer Blue” by Prince
I chose this song to prove that Prince was ahead of his time.
“Feeling Good” by Nina Simone
“Birds flying high, you know how I feel…” This is a song about connectivity to the earth and feeling hopeful. Nothing compares to the power and emotion in Simone’s voice.