PUBLIC ENEMY, NAPPY ROOTS, ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, PARIS: DOES 2020 MARK A RETURN TO CONSCIOUS RAP?

In the wake of the 2020 police killing of George Floyd, rapper Lil Baby released a powerful Black Lives Matter anthem called “The Bigger Picture,” YG disrupted Los Angeles protests with a video shoot for “FTP (Fuck The Police)” and Nas unleashed the King’s Disease single “Ultra Black,” all songs that spoke to the socio-political climate in the United States.

As protests continued to erupt in every major city from Los Angeles to New York City, Public Enemy was tapped to open the 2020 BET Awards in June with an updated version of the 1990 Fear Of A Black Planet classic “Fight The Power.” This time, Chuck D, Flavor Flav and DJ Lord were assisted by Nas, Black Thought, Rapsody, Questlove, YG and Enemy Radio’s Jahi.

On Friday (September 25), Public Enemy, Paris, Arrested Development and Nappy Roots were among the many “classic” Hip Hop artists who dropped a new album, begging the question — does 2020 mark the beginning of a return to more conscious rap? Furthermore, are Hip Hop fans craving more content-driven music?

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