How Hip Hop Has Become A Force For Social Change [Pics]
PSFK attended rapper Lupe Fiasco's organization's first event which raised over $2,500 for the Horn of Africa at the panel alone, and discussed the music genre's role in advocating justice.
The Fiasco Street Team, an organization inspired by Lupe Fiasco to bring about positive social change, hosted its first event at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights on Saturday. The discussion centered around the cultural image and significance of hip hop–specifically its role in promoting social justice–and what the future of the genre will hold. Panelists included founder of Rap Genius (a website that explains hip hop lyrics and critiques it as poetry) Mahbod Moghadam, musician Ayo The Nigerian Nightmare, activist and documentary filmmaker Byron Hurt, MC Nitty Scott, writer at XXL Magazine Jay Rodriguez, rapper Dosage, rapper and writer Toni Blackman, and of course, Lupe Fiasco.