Press Reset: Artists Who've Changed the Message in Their Music

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  • Wale
  • Everlast
  • Coko, SWV
  • Rihanna
  • Lupe Fiasco
  • Beyoncé, No Malice, Rihanna
  • Beyoncé
  • Snoop Dogg
  • Dave Hollister
  • Buju Banton
  • No Malice, Clipse

Lupe Fiasco

When Lupe Fiasco was a teenager, he was in a group called "Da Park," which recorded music filled with typical gangsta rap themes like drugs and violence. Though they were signed to Epic, the Chicago MC left the group to go solo and craft rhymes with a different point of view. In the years since, he's still focused on drugs and guns; rather than glorifying them, though, he raps about how they hurt Black communities. 

(Photo: Michael Kovac/WireImage)

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