Kendrick Lamar is a groundbreaking 21st century American rapper. So far, he has won thirteen Grammy awards and six Music Billboard awards. Although he started rapping at the young age of 16, but he didn’t become a household name until he released To Pimp a Butterfly in 2015.
Although To Pimp a Butterfly contains many hits, TeachRock used To Pimp a Butterfly’s “Alright” as the main topic for our Distance Learning Pack “Alright” and the History of Black Protest Songs”. Kendrick Lamar pinpoints and discusses political, cultural, and societal issues in his songs unlike any other rapper today. Similar to many artists, however, he uses music as a tool to share his feelings and opinions.
In this Distance Learning Pack, TeachRock dives into the socio-politics of “Alright” and discusses how black artists have used music to speak about racial injustice in America throughout the 20th Century. It also features other significant black artists such as: Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, James Brown, Marvine Gaye, Public Enemy, and N.W.A.
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