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Say It Loud! 100 Great Protest Songs: Part 4 - Dead Kennedys to Steve Earle

PopMatters has scoured the musical spectrum for the best examples of the protest song form, including anthems of great popularity and obscurity alike. Stay tuned all week as we unveil the top 100.

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The 10 Greatest Lyricists in Hip-Hop

From the type of honest and revealing storytelling that some have mastered to the wit-centric, mind-bending lines that ooze with double entendres and third, fourth, and fifth meanings, the best hip-hop will forever be contingent on the power of its lyrics. Here, PopMatters takes a look at 10 of the best lyricists the rap form has to offer.

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Coachella 2012: Tupac Hologram Performing with Snoop Dogg

OK, this is eerie, but super cool at the same time, probably one of the most awesome things we've seen in awhile. We still miss you Tupac. West Coast forever!

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Verse-Chorus-Verse: "Dear Mama" - Tupac

Recording artist/producer PC Muñoz mines for gems and grills the greats.

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Tupac Shakur: An Icon in Context

How do you tell the story of Tupac Shakur? One book tries connecting his life, and sometimes his music, to the social and historical climate of the times.

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Mama Said Knock You Out: Hip-Hop & the Family Unit

There are four hip-hop rules for families. One: Fathers, take care of your children and their mothers. Two: Don't talk about other people's mamas. Three: Be good to your own mother. Four: Repeat as necessary.

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2Pac: The Best of 2Pac - Part 1: Thug / The Best of 2Pac - Part 2: Life

Two separate best-of discs highlight the multi-faceted career of Tupac Shakur, throwing in a few unreleased tracks and remixes to sweeten the deal.

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2pac: Pacs Life

Life -- it ain't too funky, unless it's got more Pac.

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2pac: Loyal to the Game

Unlike Biggie, 2Pac refuses to stay dead. With every posthumous release, overzealous producers try and capitalize on his cult-like status, succeeding only in besmirching the discography of a great ghetto warrior.

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2Pac: Live

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