Listening Between the Lines: 2013 Lyrics that Sparked National Conversations

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  • 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"
  • Chief Keef
  • "No Guns Allowed"
  • Snoop Dogg
  • "Chum"
  • Earl Sweatshirt

Top Socially Conscious Songs of the Year

Music has played an integral role in American society especially in African-American culture. In the 1800s, hymns were uses to tell stories of freedom and pain, and during the civil rights movement, music provided a guide map toward equality. Take a look at some powerful song lyrics of 2013 that sparked conversations and made headlines across the nation. — Dominique Zonyéé

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