Hip Hop’s Musical Horizon of Hope in Dark Times

Mirko M. Hall


Prompted by the shocking death of George Floyd (who once freestyled with Houston’s legendary Screwed Up Click), this short reflection explores how hip hop’s revolutionary soundscapes and consciousness might serve as a utopian beacon in our dark times. It argues that this artistic movement not only creates new musical and political spaces for cultural creativity, critique, and resistance, but also continues to serve—through its Black prophetic fire—as a transformative horizon of hope that promotes both unrelenting compassion and resistance.


Black Prophetic Fire; Hip Hop; Hope

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