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Friday, August 22, 2014

Hip Hop Community Responds To Ferguson

Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City. (Don Emmert/Getty Images)

Lauryn Hill performs onstage during the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center on February 5, 2014 in New York City. (Don Emmert/Getty Images)

Following the events in Ferguson, Missouri, singer Lauryn Hill shared a previously unreleased version of her song “Black Rage (sketch),” with the words “Peace for MO.”

In the song, Hill takes the tune from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “My Favorite Things” and reinvents it with lyrics about things that fuel black anger at society. (Read the lyrics here.)

“Black Rage” is one of several songs that have been released amid the protests sparked by the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson.

Tricia Rose, author of the book “The Hip Hop Wars,” is a professor of Africana studies and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America at Brown University. She joins Here & Now’s Meghna Chakrabarti to listen to and discuss some of those songs.

Songs Heard In This Segment

Note: Songs may contain strong language.

Lauryn Hill, “Black Rage (sketch)”

J. Cole, “Be Free”

MC Keem, “Frontline”

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