Old School Political Action Music

[For Educational Purposes]

We are producing political hip hop to reach and teach future leaders in government and private industry...in order to produce leaders who know irrefutable facts that refute lies and deception they might encounter during their journey into the future. To reach as many people as possible, we are producing old school generation-x hip hop and new school 21st century hip hop. We are following in the footsteps of those who were musicians and activists during the civil rights movement. The civil rights movement was a defining moment for black people in the United States of America...a nation with a history of white supremacy...but at the same time, let us not forget that there were many good white people who supported the civil rights movement. Also, let us not forget that there were many good white people who were abolitionists during the period of slavery. 

The 1960's and 1970's were years that social/political activist musicians contributed greatly to educating the public through their music. Musicians also did their part in local communities to bring about positive change in the United States. The following are examples of political action music. 

The following example is from a funk band called "The Honey Drippers." In 1973, during the Richard Nixon administration,  they released a song entitled "Impeach The President." This song is also the perfect song for the Donald J. Trump administration.

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Impeach the President · The Honeydrippers · 1973

Impeach the President 

1994 TufAmerica

Released on: 2017-11-17

Writer: Roy C Hammond

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The following examples are from James Brown...as his political/social action music speaks to the problems that exist in the United States today, just as they spoke to the problems that existed in the United States during that period of time.

The following examples are James Brown songs, shared via youtube, and are courtesy of Shout! Factory Music Live,  who partnered with the James Brown Estate to present the official site for multi-Grammy® Award winning artist James Brown.

Shout! Factory Music Live - James Brown

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Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (Pt. 1 & 2) · James Brown

In The Jungle Groove

1970 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Released on: 1986-08-25

Producer, Associated Performer, Vocals: James Brown
Associated Performer, Vocalist: Bobby Byrd
Associated Performer, Trumpet: Darryl Jamison
Associated Performer, Trumpet: Jerone "Jasaan" Sanford
Associated Performer, Tenor Saxophone: Robert McCullough
Associated Performer, Baritone Saxophone: St. Clair Pinckney
Associated Performer, Guitar: Phelps "Catfish" Collins
Associated Performer, Guitar: Hearlon "Cheese" Martin
Associated Performer, Bass Guitar: William Earl Collins
Associated Performer, Drums: Clyde Stubblefield
Associated Performer, Conga: Johnny Griggs
Composer Lyricist: James Brown
Composer Lyricist: Bobby Byrd
Composer Lyricist: Ronald Lenhoff

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"Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" is self-exclamatory. These words are powerful, and they are for today as well. Some people think they can sit around and do no work to bring about positive change. This is not true. Everyone who is able is necessary for the cause of positive change in the United States of America. As everyone works in their capacity to bring about positive change...the desired results will come much faster. So if you are able and you haven't though about social and political activism..., get up, into it, and get involved.

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Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud · James Brown · The James Brown Orchestra

Star Time

1968 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Released on: 1991-01-01

Orchestra: The James Brown Orchestra
Producer: James Brown
Author, Composer: James Brown
Author, Composer: Alfred Ellis

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"Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud" is self exclamatory. This song is calling for black people to be proud of who they are.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, the following words: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." Thomas Jefferson wrote the words "all men are created equal," although Thomas Jefferson did not follow his own words, because he owned slaves. So in realty, Thomas Jefferson was a hypocrite, when it came to what he wrote in the Declaration of Independence and how he lived his life owning slaves. With that being said...black people had to gain equality with white people through the utilization of the United States government, which is the Constitution of the United States, with its amendment provision. Congressional legislation also became necessary. Thomas Jefferson addressed "government" next in the Declaration of Independence, when he wrote the following words: "That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed," The self-evident truths mentioned by Thomas Jefferson, were secured for black people through the United States government...via civil war, constitutional amendments, and congressional legislation...but the work still continues, and will not stop until everything is as it should be for black people in the United States of America. 

Even now In the 21st century, black people are continuing to fight against racist agendas at work throughout the United States. For example, voter suppression is a racist agenda that replaces the poll tax that was utilized in the past to stop black people from voting. The 24th amendment to the United States Constitution addresses the poll tax and reads as follows: 

Section 1

"The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax."

Section 2

"The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation."

Today the racist agenda consists of voter suppression laws, put in place to stop black people and other minorities from voting. An October 23, 2018 NPR "Fresh Air" radio broadcast by Terry Gross, entitled: "Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities, Journalist Says," states the following information:

["Georgia has closed 214 polling places in recent years. They have cut back on early voting. They have aggressively purged the voter rolls. Georgia has purged almost 10 percent of people from its voting rolls. One and a half million people have been purged from 2012 to 2016. ... There's a lot of different data points that show how Georgia is leading the way when it comes to restricting access to the ballot."

"It was reported by the Associated Press that [gubernatorial candidate] Brian Kemp's office (the secretary of state's office) in Georgia was blocking 53,000 voter registrations in that state — 70 percent from African-Americans, 80 percent from people of color."]

This is one racist agenda that black people throughout the United States of America are fighting against.

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Hell · James Brown


1974 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Released on: 1974-01-01

Producer, Associated Performer, Recording Arranger: James Brown
Composer Lyricist: James Brown

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The song "Hell" addresses the financial struggles people face, and speaks about a change being necessary.  
How many of you are going through financial struggles right now, because of a system that is rigged against poor and middle class people? The system is geared towards corporations and against poor and middle-class people, who support those corporations by providing labor for low wages...and at the same time, they purchase goods and services from those same corporations with the low wages they are paid by those corporations. Poor and middle-class people support corporations on both sides of the economic equation. We explain this in more detail in the following audio from our audiobook entitled: "$22.00 Per Hour Federal Minimum Wage."

In addition to our call for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $22.00 per hour...we have a proposal for $2,000 in monthly United States federal government guaranteed universal basic income, for all United States citizens beginning at eighteen years of age...to be funded through the United States Federal Reserve...and NOT american taxpayers. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mentioned this concept in 1967 during a speech at Stanford University , as he stated the following words:

“There is a great deal that the society can and must do, if the negro is to gain the economic security that he needs. Now, one of the answers, it seems to me, is a guaranteed annual income...a guaranteed minimum income for all people and for all families of our country. It seems to me that the civil rights movement must now begin to organize for the guaranteed annual income, begin to organize people all over our country, and mobilize forces...so that we can bring to the attention of our nation, this need, and this something...which I believe will go a long, long, way toward dealing with the negro's economic problem, and the economic problem which many other poor people confront in our nation.”

As stated above, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. mentioned this concept in 1967 during a speech at Stanford University. Today, in the 21st Century...there are many people, including us...advocating for a guaranteed universal basic income. See Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. video clip below where he addressed this topic. Facebook video posted by Basic Income Quotes.

Below, you can view the entire video of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech delivered in 1967 at Stanford University, courtesy of of Stanford University Libraries.

President Obama speaking about a universal basic income. Facebook video courtesy of NowThis Money

United States federal government guaranteed universal basic income in the amount of $2,000 monthly, for all United States citizens beginning at eighteen years of age...will go a long way towards ending poverty in the United States.

The following example is from Dolly Parton in a song entitled: "Nine to Five," which addressed the corruption of corporate America concerning poor and middle-class people.

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9 to 5 · Dolly Parton

The Essential Dolly Parton

1980 Sony Music Entertainment

Released on: 2005-06-28

Producer: Mike Post
Other, Producer: Gregg Perry

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