About Yvi's Soapbox

Hey, I have something to say! Gather around. I've always been fascinated by language. From my native tongue; German, to my studies in America to my passion for the lyrical brilliance in underground Hip Hop. I rely on book, pen and paper as companions on my travels around the world. I've made experiences, formed opinions, wrote them down, and you're about to hear them.

5 Hip Hop Songs That Will Inspire You to Change the World

We all have our ideas of how this world should be. But we can’t seem to find motivation and inspiration to make a change. Here are five songs that will encourage you to take a stand.

Brother Ali, “Us”
There is a reason why Brother Ali will be lecturing about Hip Hop’s part in human rights, justice and the world wide struggle for peace at the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize forum in Minneapolis. He takes the responsibility of being an influential MC seriously and delivers songs of substance with meaningful messages. He says the purpose of his music is “To try to open ears and hearts and invite people to take some action and feel empowered. To be engaged and take some agency and responsibility for what’s going on in the world.”

With “Us” the albino rapper is teaching us about knowing who we are and to look past race and religion, while building up from a simple a cappella rap, to a powerful orchestrated piece accompanied by a choir. Continue reading