Hip Hop’s Evolution over 50 Years Reflects and Drives Culture; Also, Rap Lyrics as Evidence in Court

As hip hop turns 50, James Keys and Tunde Ogunlana discuss how culture and technology have influenced both its founding and its development over the years and react to the documentary “Hip Hop at 50: Rhythms, Rhymes & Reflections,” which is currently airing on Hulu (1:35).  The guys also take a look at the ongoing effort by prosecutors in the RICO case against Young Thugs to use his lyrics against him in court and consider the pro wrestling nature of some rapper’s lyrics and personas (46:12).

Hip-hop 50: The party that started hip-hop (BBC)

Hip Hop at 50: Rhythms, Rhymes & Reflections (Hulu)

Fat Joe Says ‘I’ve Lied in Almost 95 Percent of My Songs,’ Defends Young Thug Amid Lyrics Being Used In RICO Trial (Complex)