With recent events surrounding the incidents when police fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri & the Choking of Eric Garner in Staten island, New York, many Hip Hop figures have taken it upon themselves to express the disgust in the matter's.
Hip Hop originated from the streets in South Bronx, New York its no news to the world that for most artist that make music of the genre are not big fans of police. Take N.W.A for example or Public Enemy both of witch were huge influence's for the public and music Industry, by making regular political statements and speaking the truth from the streets. But are the public figures in Hip Hop today capable of making such an impact?
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine Nicki Minaj spoke about the recent events concerning police brutality & how public figures in Hip Hop are a lot more vigilant when speaking publicly about race after harsh criticism was received to Kanye West regarding Hurricane Katrina.
“He was the unofficial spokesman for hip-hop, and he got torn apart,” she said.
“And now you haven’t heard him speaking about these last couple things, and it’s sad. Because how many times can you be made to feel horrible for caring about your people before you say, ‘Fuck it, it’s not worth it, let me live my life because I’m rich, and why should I give a fuck?’”
When asking about the death of Eric Garner, miss Minaj stated clearly she thinks its "sickening" a grand jury’s decision not to indict the officer involved caused huge national and local protest to stop police brutality towards people of colour.
Nicki Minaj also proceeded to state “I’ve been reading so many people saying, ‘Why are we surprised?’” Minaj said. “That’s what’s really sad: that we should somehow be used to being treated like animals.
“It’s gotten to the point where people feel like there’s no accountability: if you are law enforcement and you do something to a black person, you can get away with it.”
Many Hip Hop artists participated in protests after the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown but at the same time like Minaj, some have stayed silent.