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Amid chaos and contention of Trump-Biden race, hip-hop stays on message

As the contentious election fight between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden rages on, dominating the airways and social media feeds, presidential commentary is generally absent from the latest hip-hop protest songs of 2020.

Hip-hop activism has been on the rise again over the past few months and while each new song is unique, top protest anthems show that hip-hop artists are generally not caught in the fray of presidential politics.

Treva Lindsey, a professor at Ohio State University whose expertise includes Black popular culture and hip-hop studies, said that artists “keeping their eye on the ball” in 2020 is consistent with the fact that historically there isn’t a “large body” of “direct critiques of presidents” in hip-hop because the genre has “always been preoccupied with the conditions and the system.”

Pointing to the fact that police brutality, non-indictments and non-convictions of police officers who kill unarmed Black men and women occurred under every administration, Lindsey said that while responses from presidents like Barack Obama may be “better than what we’ve seen with Trump,” these systemic injustices are “not singular to any particular president.”

And in the throes of a chaotic race, artists are looking beyond the day-to-day drama of 2020 by focusing on the bigger picture.

In fact, “The Bigger Picture” is the title of what is arguably the most popular protest anthem of 2020 — a reflective song by Atlanta rapper Lil Baby, who wrote it in the wake of national outrage over the May 25 police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The images of a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes as the Minnesota man called out that he couldn’t breathe sparked national and global outrage, revitalizing civil rights protests in every U.S. state and energizing the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lil Baby addresses the systemic racism driving the generational fight for social injustice in the song’s chorus: “It’s bigger than black and white/ It’s a problem with the whole way of life/ It can’t change overnight/ But we gotta start somewhere/ Might as well gon’ ‘head start here.”

While the hip-hop community has been fervent in its rejection of Trump and generally lukewarm in embracing the Biden-Harris ticket, artists are channeling their musical messaging and lyrical prowess to address systemic racism that has plagued Black America for generations — a force that existed centuries before Trump and will continue to exist whether the president is voted out in November or whether he serves another four years.

The newest project — an album curated by Roc Nation — is the latest example of how artists are staying on message.

“Reprise,” which was released on Friday, is a collection of 11 protest songs exploring social justice issues like police brutality, and features contributions from artists including Vic Mensa and Rapsody. According to Roc Nation, a portion of proceeds will be donated to various organizations that support victims of police brutality, hate crimes, and other civil rights violations.


My city is in the news, kind of wish it was for a better reason, but this is 2020 after all.

John Oliver is getting his name on a sewage plant in Connecticut

The Danbury Wastewater Treatment Plant is now officially the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant after residents weighed in with their support and the town’s city council voted 18-1 Thursday in favor of the change.

“Yup.. It’s official the Danbury Sewer Plant is now the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. – Your move John. Bam!” Mayor Mark Boughton said in a Facebook post.

It may not seem like a landmark you want your name on, but Oliver was instrumental in making it happen.

The host of HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver” went after Danbury on his August 16 show during a segment on racial disparities on juries. In Oliver’s anti-Danbury rant , the host noted that he only knew three things about the Connecticut town: “USA Today ranked it the second-best city to live in in 2015, it was once the center of the American hat industry and if you’re from there, you have a standing invite to come get a thrashing from John Oliver, children included, (expletive) you,” Oliver said.

Boughton responded by threatening to name the town’s sewage plant after Oliver in a Facebook video on August 22.

“Behind me you see the city of Danbury Sewer Plant, and we’re going to rename it the John Oliver Memorial Sewer Plant. Why?” Boughton asked. “Because it’s full of (expletive) just like you, John.”

The talk show host did not back down — he upped the stakes.

Oliver offered to donate $55,000 to local charities if the mayor followed through on his offer, and the city accepted.

On September 6, Boughton commented back in a video that, “A deal is a deal.”

It’s unclear why Danbury was singled out, but the city is not complaining.

“I never have seen such passion from something in the community…this takes the cake. I’m still getting emails!” Boughton said in his weekly video update before the vote.

In addition, the play spat has become a surprising means of raising money for charity, Boughton said during the city council meeting.

In addition to Oliver’s donation, local organizations committed to raising nearly $100,000 more for the area’s United Way food pantry, according to the mayor’s office. Boughton is even selling tours of the facility in order to raise money for United Way.

The mayor requested Oliver attend a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly named sewage plant. HBO, which like CNN is owned by WarnerMedia, did not immediately respond to CNN’s requests for comment on Oliver’s behalf.