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Rappers Around The World Are Getting Jailed, Facing Legal Consequences (Videos)

According to our colleagues at Freemuse, in the 3.5 years the organisation has been monitoring authority abuse on rappers around the world, they have found at least 60 international rappers to have been detained, harassed, jailed and now facing legal consequences.

Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi is one of these people. Freemuse accounts that he was detained and later released on bail, but now facing charges for “spreading propaganda against the [Iranian] state. In his song Normal Life he addresses worker’s strikes, corruption and imprisonments in his country.

Nokrolik is a 22 year old rapper from Belarus and another victim of authoritarian oppression against artists. Recently he was sentenced to spend a year in jail for questioning the president’s intelligence in one of his new songs. This appearantly scared the little president man very much. Enough so that when Nokrolik will have finished his sentence he will be deported out of Belarus.

Please share the music of these artists and help spread their word. Find out more about Freemuse’s campaign to raise awareness about oppressed rappers via their tRAPped campaign

Cover photo credits: Евгений Петров. Фото: Гомельская весна

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The Specials Announce A New Album Of Protest Songs

Since 1977, The Specials, from the United Kingdom, have been making an awesome mix of ska, punk, and other variations of music. Their most recent release is their way of adding something positive into this world.

This is an album made in protest. Made by someone who feels the hurt in the world and wants to turn those troubles into something beautiful – into art.

Some of the tunes are handpicked covers, others are original. In the end, this is a great release by artists who have been around for a while and who have experienced many different sides of the society we all inhabit.

The first track on the album is ‘Black Skin Blue Eyed Boys’ originally written by The Equals in 1973. According to the band, they were often considered the first multiracial band in England, but that is how they themselves always felt first about The Equals.

‘Blam Blam Fever’ by the Valentines, released in 1967 touches on gun culture. ‘The Ten Commandments’ touches on rape culture, misogyny, self-worth, and alt-right “pseudo-intellectuals on the internet” and it features the activist Saffiyah Khan, famous for a photo of her standing her ground against nationalist protesters.

Some of the other songs on the album are about the Black Lives Matter movement, corruption, social media, and more.

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Two Rappers, Israeli And Palestinian, Use Their Talents For Unity

Some people say there is no protest music anymore.

The truth is a bit different though. All around the world, there are so many people hurting, anywhere you look, and this seemingly never changes. But, there are also so many artists using their creative minds to start positive conversations about how things can change for the better. This can easily be seen by checking out the curated Shouts playlist and other protest music playlists.

How can there be a lack of protest music in a world like this? If one digs under the most upper layer of mainstream surfaces one can easily find a plethora of music by artists who are sick and tired of the lack of empathy in this world and who use their talents to be a part of a more compassionate world.

Uriya Rosenman is a rapper. He was born on the spot of this planet that now is called Israel.

Sameh Zakout is a rapper. He was born on the spot of this planet that now is called Palestine.

The two spent some time together. They talked. The argued. They became friends. Because in the end, we are all the same. We all poo. We all pee. We all breathe oxygen. And we all just want to live a kind life without nonsense and violence.

This is just one song of so many that are trying to make the world a better place.

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