As protests rage on and the clashes between protestors and police in Ferguson, MO continue, hip-hop has been speaking out against the issues that were sparked when police officer Darren Wilson shot unarmed 18-year-old black teenager Michael Brown to death in the middle of the street in broad daylight on Aug. 9. While initially hesitant to get involved, many rappers have since taken to social media, television appearances, the recording booth or other platforms—or, as J. Cole has done, gone to visit the town itself—to make their voices heard and stand up against police violence and racial issues that still permeate American society. Despite the fact that journalists are being arrested every day—violating the First Amendment—and police are regularly using tear gas and rubber bullets to fight back against largely peaceful demonstrations, frustrations continue to boil over, with President Obama so far making two completely ineffective speeches on the subject as the unrest burns through its second week.
As XXL continues to document hip-hop's response to the protests on home soil, here are some of the most poignant reactions to the unrest happening in Ferguson, MO.
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