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02.27.03 11:19 PM

hip-hop against war

Hip-hop impresario Russel Simmons spearheaded a movement in which Jay-Z, Nas, and Busta Rhymes joined 42 music acts that signed their names to an antiwar message published as a full-page advertisement in Wednesday's issue of the New York Times, among several other major newspapers. Simmons and rapper Mos Def have recorded two 30-second TV ads attacking Bush's policies. In cyberspace, Chuck D's Fine Arts Militia takes on the Bush agenda in A Twisted Sense of God, a rock/spoken-word diatribe available on slamjamz.com.

Musicians add their voices to war protest, By Geoff Boucher, Los Angeles Times
Musicians Band Together Against War Threat, Edited by Jonathan Cohen, Billboard DailyMusicNews
Artists Mount a chorus against war, By Edna Gundersen, USA Today

Bonus: Always the conscious writer, Jeff Chang, wrote an article about protest music that has been reprinted all over the Web. I found it at Ripsaw News, Urban Think Tank, AlterNet, CounterPunch, and Metroactive. It is a must read, as all of his pieces are.

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