Hip Hop and the Confederate Flag

No survey of flags in hip hop would be complete without acknowledging the controversial use by rappers, from time to time, of the Confederate flag.  Two years ago this topic gained a great deal of attention when Kanye West put the flag on his clothing and merchandise while touring to promote his 2013 album Yeezus.… Continue reading Hip Hop and the Confederate Flag

Outkast’s Stankonia flag

OutKast are a celebrated hip hop duo from Atlanta.  For their critically acclaimed 2000 album Stankonia, in what became an iconic image, they appear on the cover in front of a huge black and white variant of the US flag, with inverted stars. Paste magazine ranked it 21st in their list, The 25 Best Album Covers of… Continue reading Outkast’s Stankonia flag

Machine Gun Kelly: Raise the Flag

Hip hop has a thing about flags.  This week, we'll look at some examples.  Here is a music video by American rapper Richard Colson Baker, known as MGK (Machine Gun Kelly).  The song is Raise the Flag (uncensored). Official video, directed by JR Saint. Published on Oct 14, 2014.  Currently has over 3.8 million views.… Continue reading Machine Gun Kelly: Raise the Flag