By Lakayla Boseman |Published 9/12/2018|
Whether you love or hate Colin Kaepernick, you have to admit that he invokes an intense reaction not only from the sports world, but with the music community as well. Kaepernick began doing something controversial in 2016 when he began to kneel for the national anthem during NFL games. Kaepernick’s kneeling had a snowball effect and he was not offered a single NFL contract during his free agency period. The former 49ers quarterback did not let that stop him and he continued to show his support for other NFL players that kneeled. Fast forward to 2018 and Kaepernick’s protest has begun to pick up some major steam. That major steam has come from musicians who have publicly backed Kaepernick and his protest and helped keep his fight relevant. Artists have always been very open about their support of Kaepernick, but it was their ability to raise concerns about his treatment in the sports community that really helped Kaepernick’s vision chug along.
An example of artists using their voice to aid Kaepernick would be the duo YG and Big Sean. Early August, rappers YG and Big Sean announced their disapproval of Electronic Arts Sports for filtering out Kaepernick’s name on a rap song featured on the video game Madden NFL 2019. YG and Big Sean clapped back at EA Sports during a concert. Both YG and Big Sean encouraged fans to sing along, rapping these lyrics from his record, Big Bank. “You boys all cap, I’m more Colin Kaepernick,” The rappers then told the crowd that no one censor them.
The afternoon after the concert, the former NFL quarterback took to twitter to thank the duo for not being silent on the issue. All of this eventually led to EA Sports issuing an apology saying that they did not have the right to use Kaepernick’s likeness. However the soundtrack was an exception to that rule. Madden corrected this by issuing out an update to include Kaepernick’s name but it was too late, the damage was done.
Kaepernick’s hard work on his campaign for equality and justice continued well on into September when he struck a deal with Nike to become the face of their 30th annual Just Do It Campaign. Plenty of rappers shared their joy for Kaepernick over social media, saying essentially that Kaepernick was brave and that the hip-hop community stands behind him.
As Colin Kaepernick’s search for equality widens, do you think the hip-hop community will continue to support him as they do now?
Source: Twitter/ XXL Magazine/ Ars Technica