Hip Hop

M1 (of dead prez) – Hold Your Head Up

blame it on Meka December 21, 2010

This song is off of The Free Leonard Peltier Album, which was made to raise awareness and funding for the campaign to free Native American activist Leonard Peltier. Check out the full press release down bottom, and support the cause by purchasing the entire The Free Leonard Peltier Album over at iTunes and CD Baby. Props to Untitled Type for the heads up.

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Hip Hop Activists Unite for Leonard Peltier

The Free Leonard Peltier Album is progressive hip hop’s contribution to the campaign to free Native American activist Leonard Peltier.

Wrongfully convicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in 1977, Peltier maintains his innocence. “Our mission is to highlight a case that clearly is an abuse of the legal standards of American justice,” said executive producer A-Ron.

The first track, “A Piece for Peltier from a Panther Cub,” is an introduction from Chairman Fred Hampton, Jr., the son of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, Sr., who like Peltier was targeted by the FBI’s notorious counterintelligence program or COINTELPRO. Hampton, Sr., was a Black Panther who was shot to death while sleeping by the Chicago Police in 1969.

“Human rights organizations are trying to right this wrong, but for Peltier the least I can do is write this song. It’s been over 30 years of tears and frustration since the brother stood up with no fear for the nation,” proclaims Rakaa (Dilated Peoples) with 2Mex in their tribute song for Peltier called “Right This Wrong”.

Other contributing hip hop artists include Immortal Technique, M1 of Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Skyzoo, Reks, T-Kash, The Dime, Arievolution & iamani i. iameni, Mama Wisdom, Bicasso of the Living Legends, Eseibio, and Buggin Malone.