My main music is Conscious Hip Hop, mainly from the 80s, early and mid 90s.
Some of favorite MCs are:
- KRS-ONE (BDP)
- Wise Intelligent (PRT)
- Boots (The Coup)
- Jeru the Damaja
- Brother J (X Clan)
- Skip Coon
- Dead Prez
There are plenty of others, but if you go by what’s played in my car and around the house, those are the primary artist right now.
I also love Conscious Reggae (esp. Sizzla, before he lost his damn mind).
Afro-Beat (mainly Fela Kuti and Seun Kuti).
Black Rock (Fishbone, 25/7 Spyz, Rage Against the Machine, Bad Brains, etc).
Gil Scot-Heron, I got all his shit! Gil is the true Godfather of Hip Hop in my point of view.
I don’t know if this counts but I also have a collection of hundreds if not thousands of recorded lectures, interviews, and speeches by Black Revolutionaries and Scholars on CD that I listen to, they used to be on cassette, but I had to convert them to CD. I don’t really roll with Mp3s tho, I like having my hard copies.