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Chuck D And Kurtis Blow Type The Hip Hop Alliance, Rap’s First Official Union

Chuck D And Kurtis Blow Type The Hip Hop Alliance, Rap’s First Official Union

KRS-One laid out the union’s mission in a freestyle video, that includes Slick Rick and Huge Daddy Kane.

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Rap icons Chuck D, Kurtis Blow, and extra have banded collectively to spearhead The Hip Hop Alliance, which is billed because the first-ever union within the tradition’s historical past.

Based by Chuck D, Kurtis Blow, and Doug E. Fresh, The Hip Hop Alliance is described as a non-profit group whose “mission is to combat for honest wages, honest royalties, sturdy well being and retirement advantages for artists within the Hip Hop and R&B neighborhood.”

With Chuck D and Kurtis Blow serving as president and vp, respectively, Doug E. Contemporary is the group’s vice chairman, with KRS-One as chairman. Different rap legends on the union’s advisory board embrace Slick Rick, Willie D, DJ Scratch, DJ Hollywood, DJ Cassidy, Davy DMX, GrandWizzard Theodore, and Alonzo Williams, amongst others.

On Wednesday (July 27), KRS-One posted a visible on his Instagram of him introducing The Hip Hop Alliance to the general public and laid out its mission within the type of a freestyle.

“Shout out to those that work behind the scenes to make Hip Hop Occur,” the Blastmaster wrote within the publish’s caption. “Managers, Artists, Brokers, Engineers and Producers, what’s the retirement plan, healthcare plan, and fare fee requirements for us? What’s a fare wage for what we do inside “hip-hop” as an trade? People who drive and help artists, those who defend artists, those who promote the present, and those who promote merchandise, amongst different roles and duties that make hip hop occur; Who speaks for us? What brings dignity and respect to the work that we do? Reply. The Hip Hop Alliance! With the information, the ability, and the facility of our collective voice, there isn’t any motive why we can not defend ourselves and our future!”

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With cameos from Slick Rick and Huge Daddy Kane, KRS kicks rhymes about The Hip Hop Alliance’s pursuit of employee’s rights, labor rights, royalties, in addition to the necessity for the tradition to come back collectively as one to combat in opposition to the “heartless” music trade.

Watch the clip beneath. The Hip Hop Alliance has opened its membership at no cost and is presently accepting donations.



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