Review Of Jay Z: 'The War On Drugs Is An Epic Fail'

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Bandele, Asha. 2016. “Jay Z: ‘The War on Drugs is an Epic Fail.’” New York Times. Web. (Accessed January 30, 2017).
In this article, Bandele focuses on a short filmed narrated by Jay Z that depicts historical scenes pertaining to the war on drugs and Nixon administration as it down spiraled into the making of the future. Artwork of Molly Crabapple gives insight and provides a vision statement to the historical images. The events, particularly, correlate to the historical events that significantly impacted the African American community under the disguises of the Rockefeller drug laws and the 1973 statutes. The body of laws were administrated in New York during the war on drugs and consequently resulted in the increase of racialized incarceration rates and enacted the development of punitive criminal policies throughout the nation. The film continues to dispute the affect war on drugs, and the present-day
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Letter to the President: Snoop Dogg tells the
History of Hip-Hop, Rap, and Politics. Gibson and QD3 production, 2005.

In his letter to president Reagan, Snoop Dogg addresses the policies Reagan enacted during his term that attacked the poor and hard-working communities in the United States to benefit the wealthy. In turn, the accomplishment of Civil Rights movement was quickly replaced with the crack epidemic and war on drugs, annihilating hope for the future. All the thoughts of despair and poverty associated with the life of the ghetto is reflected in Hip Hop culture and music. In his letter, communities united together to form a Black America against a common enemy: the president of the United States.

Lusane, Clarence. 2015. “Rhapsodic Aspirations: Rap, Race, and Politics.” Purdue University.
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