In today’s culture, rap and hip hop music is often associated with filthy lyrics, loud and harsh beats, and awful messages. If they give it the time of day, most parents will be shamed for it. So they won’t play it in their homes and might easily write it off as bad music to avoid mommy shaming.
However, there’s a small handful of artists and musicians who want to redeem this genre of music. They want to show the world that hip hop has a voice, with culture that can bring wonderful art and meaningful messages. Here are three artists with clean lyrics, well-produced sounds, conscience thoughts, and commentary on family-friendly topics. You can find them on most music streaming apps.
Three Of The Best Clean Rap Artists
Shad Kabango was born in Kenya but raised in Ontario, Canada, where he now resides. He has four albums under his belt, and each is better than the one before it. In fact, he beat out Drake in 2012 for best rap record of the year and has toured all over the world. Shad’s music is tasteful and clever, with clean and original lyrics. Moms and dads everywhere won’t have to worry about mommy shaming when listening to it. Shad has taken the underground hip hop scene by storm and is widely considered to be one of the best rappers of this generation.
Shad balances out discussing hard topics with a lightness that makes him easy to enjoy. If you’re looking for an amazing artist that you could play in front of your kids, look no further than Shad. The best place to start would be with his album “The Old Prince.”
This trio / super group is from Portland, Oregon. The MC’s are Braille and Odd Thomas, while the DJ is Courtland Urbano. Both Braille and Odd Thomas had successful music careers before they collaborated to make Beautiful Eulogy. They blend styles of music such as folk, rock, electronica and hip hop, earning them the title of the most innovative hip hop group in Portland.
With deep, theological lyrics, an unapologetic approach, and pressing the envelope on what hip hop is, they’re also clean and refreshing. You’ll find no cause for mommy shaming, like cussing or exploitive references, here. Just good music made by good guys who want to put a positive dent in the rap and hip hop scene. They just released their most recent record, “Worthy,” at the end of 2017. It’s their best project to date.
Jason Emmanuel Petty, or better known by his stage name Propaganda, is a rapper, poet and activist from L.A. Having grown up in the same neighborhoods as big names like Tupac, N.W.A. and Eazy-E, he experienced many similar situations such as gang culture and violence, poverty, and racism.
But unlike many other hip hop artists, Propaganda uses his story in powerful ways to encourage the world around him. His music is bold, raw and thought-provoking. He stays away from being explicit, while still being honest and powerful. His most recent album, “Crooked,” has received critical acclaim, as it should, because it’s incredible.
So, in a world full of harsh and crude rap and hip hop, you can rest assured that there are a few amazing artists out there who want to bring a new light and vision to this culture. These three artists in particular are a great place to start.