The Berkeley Beacon

Elmer Martinez

Beacon Correspondent

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Artists shed light on historically ignored issues

I feel artists have a responsibility to shed light on topics of value—like American's broken prison system—in order to drive people to take action and create change.

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B-Boy or Lay-Z-Boy? Mumble rap strays from storytelling

Hip-hop artists are responsible for the messages we relay to our community about the current state of social and political affairs.