If you find yourself taking a break from today’s summertime activities (or recovering from the weekend) take a moment to reflect on Memorial Day with some help from some of hip-hop’s finest.

Rhymefest Ft. Citizen Cope, “Bullet & A Target”

“He turned around and got a face full of hollow tips/but don’t be mad he died for the flag..”

Pharoahe Monch, “Agent Orange”

“What’s your identity today?/You on some John F. Kennedy or Timothy McVeigh?”

Q-Tip “We Fight We Love”
” You get to travel the world/ It’s better than college/ You get guns and you get knowledge”

Eric B & Rakim, “Casualties of War”

“I got a family that waits for my return/To get back home is my main concern/I’ma get back to New York in one piece/but I’m bent in the sand that is hot as the city streets”-R

Mos Def “War”

“You hotdamn right this war’s gone too far/ soldiers mistake the gun burst for the stars…”

J-Live, “Satisfied”

“It ain’t right that those cops and firemen died/shit is real tragic, but it damn sure ain’t magic/it won’t make the brutality disappear, it won’t pull equality from behind your ear/”

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Mos Def F/ Slick Rick “Audiorium”
“Sit and come relax riddle off the mac, its the patch
Imma soldier in the middle of Iraq
Well say about noonish commin out the whip
And lookin at me curious, a young Iraqi kid (awww)
Carrying laundry, whats wrong G? hungry?
No, gimme oil or get f*ck out my country!”

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