Hip-Hop Stood Tall In July. Here’s Some Of The Best Of The Month (Audio Playlist)
July was a tense and complicated month. The killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police, both captured on film, led to national protests, heated discourse and some misguided shootings of police officers, presumably in retaliation. Political conventions held by the Democratic and Republican parties further divided the nation and, at times stirred fears, rather than allaying them. In between, people marched through their everyday lives trying to enjoy the holiday and spending time with family and friends. Hip-Hop, long a reflection of society and a voice for the people, captured all facets of life during the month.
July brought new music from Nas, along with an announcement that his next album is done. It also brought an all-out war by Joe Budden against Drake. De La Soul continued releasing stellar tracks leading up to their long-anticipated LP. And, Big K.R.I.T. released 12 tracks in 12 hours.
While many of the songs released during the month were simply for the love of the culture, a number of artists made music tackling issues. Jay Z, The Game, Ras Kass, Bishop Lamont, KRS-One, Talib Kweli and more released music capturing the pain, frustration and anger that engulfed us, while Macklemore and G-Eazy joined YG in issuing a blunt and direct message to Republican Presidential nominee, Donald Trump.
All that music and more, including tracks from J. Cole, Phonte, GZA, OC, Elzhi, Jadakiss, Beanie Sigel, Mac Miller, Anderson .Paak, Pusha T, a killer remix from Black Hippy, and more can be heard in Ambrosia For Heads’ Best Hip-Hop Of July 2016 playlist.