Listening Between the Lines: 2013 Lyrics that Sparked National Conversations

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  • Kanye West
  • “It’s a Cold World-A Trayvon Martin Tribute”
  • Young Jeezy
  • "You"
  • Chief Keef
  • "No Guns Allowed"
  • Snoop Dogg
  • "Chum"
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Top Socially Concious Songs of the Year
  • Black Skinhead
  • Kanye West
  • Crooked Smile
  • J.Cole
  • "Oceans" Featuring Frank Ocean
  • Jay Z
  • “Accidental Racist”
  • Brad Paisley and LL Cool J
  • "Karate Chop Remix"
  • Furture and Lil Wayne
  • “'U.O.E.N.O.”
  • Rocko, Future and Rick Ross
  • “New Slaves”

Young Jeezy

When George Zimmerman was acquitted for the murder of Trayvon Martin, the nation, particularly Black America, was outraged at the lack of justice for the slain teen. While many Americans took to social media to voice their frustration, Young Jeezy took to rapping on “It’s a Cold World – A Trayvon Martin Tribute” to describe how gun violence has affected him.

(Photo: Mark Davis/Getty Images for BET)

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