On Violence, Responsibility, and Abolition — Remembering what Hip-Hop has been Saying for Decades

“No chains around my feet, but I’m not free.”

Concrete Jungle — Bob Marley & The Wailers, 1973

“We feel that we have a responsibility to shine the light into the darkness. You know…there’s a lot of darkness out here. We watch it all the time…And we have a responsibility to focus on it. You know? Y’all be kool. We know that we know how to make some music and that music ain’t supposed to stand still…”