Listening Between the Lines: 2013 Lyrics that Sparked National Conversations

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  • 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”
  • Kanye West
  • “It’s a Cold World-A Trayvon Martin Tribute”
  • Young Jeezy
  • "You"

Earl Sweatshirt

Earl Sweatshirt, a member of the hip hop collective Odd Future, dropped his sophomore album Doris in 2013 to critical acclaim. On “Chum,” Sweatshirt exposes his personal struggles with using alcohol to mask the pain the absence of his father caused him, being raised by a single mother and being an interracial child in America.  

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