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The name comes from “Sun” – Ilanga – and “Xa” (meaning “out” in Khoisan lingo). It is drawn from the essence of who we are, and where we come from as African children, a portion of history and the present. – Sun Xa
Nas straddles the fine line between wokeness and pseudo-intellectualism on Nasir. Many of these songs span the African diaspora and America’s centuries-old war against blackness.
He raps about the “black Egyptian gods,” SWAT being created to suppress the Black Panthers, the Willie Lynch letter being a hoax, the lesser conspiracy that J. Edgar Hoover was black, and the rapper’s (unfounded) claim that “Fox News was started by a black dude.”
(Media mogul Rupert Murdoch founded Fox News in 1996, and Roger Ailes oversaw the network’s direction from its inception until his death last year.) The album references Othello, the recent Philly Starbucks incident, Emmett Till, Jet magazine, and Colin Kaepernick’s protest of police shootings. Across its seven tracks, Nasir raises its pro-black, pan-African fist at nearly every turn.” – Pitchfork
by Terry Heick
Let’s start this post out clarifying what it is not.
This isn’t about why to teach with hip-hop. It’s also not about how to teach with hip-hop. Nor is it a political statement, an endorsement of controversial language and themes, or something you can just play for your students on a whim with no preparation. If you “hate rap music”–and your classroom is all about you–then don’t read any further. This post won’t change your mind.
Though he does not mention Kanye by name in the tweet, Wiz seems ready to put his issues with West behind him. Kanye recently mentioned Wiz in his “Yikes” verse where he rapped, “We could be in North Korea, I could smoke with Wiz Khalifa.” When asked by TMZ about the lyrics, Wiz seemed to appreciate the gesture and revealed it was “all love” between himself and West.