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Lecrae continues to do things that your favorite rapper can’t or haven’t done yet.

The Reach Records co-founder and newly signed Columbia Records rapper gave an almost 20-minute talk in Nashville summing up the impact that America’s War On Drugs had on the Black community and how Hip-Hop was birthed out of it. He also drew up examples of how Hip-Hop in turn embraced the criminality of the war and used it to make money.

He said:

“In some ways Hip-Hop has filed its community however I believe it can still be used as a tool of resistance. Hip-Hop does not have to be a pawn of villainy in exchange for profit, it can be used as a tool to to tell the story of how things got here and how they began. It can tell the story of how a dark past created a bright future.”

While the topic at hand has been discussed countless times, Lecrae managed to keep the TED Talk interesting by borrowing quotes from a wide range of thinkers ranging from Jason Whitlock to Bill O’Reilly to Toure to Michelle Alexander. Check out what ‘Crae had to say below.

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