Listening Between the Lines: 2013 Lyrics that Sparked National Conversations

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  • 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"
  • Chief Keef
  • "No Guns Allowed"
  • Snoop Dogg
  • "Chum"
  • Earl Sweatshirt
  • Top Socially Concious Songs of the Year
  • Black Skinhead
  • Kanye West
  • Crooked Smile

Jay Z

Jay Z has a way with words, which is why he is arguably one of the greatest lyricists alive. While Hov is known to drop a triple entendre or two, it took him until the release of his 12th album, Magna Carta Holy Grail, to dedicate an entire song to racial issues. On “Oceans,” Jay Z builds a bridge between slavery and his luxurious lifestyle.

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