KRS-One Teams With Slick Rick & Big Daddy Kane For Hip Hop Alliance Video

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KRS-One has tapped Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane for a new video for the first hip-hop union advocating to get artists better wages, royalties, retirement benefits, and more.

KRS-One has brought in Slick Rick and Big Daddy Kane for a new promo for The Hip Hop Alliance, a union seeking fair wages, royalties, and health and retirement benefits for artists in the hip-hop and R&B industry.

“Welcome to The Hip Hop Alliance. Hip Hop’s first official union. We fighting for rights!” KRS-One says in an announcement video for the non-profit.

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A caption for the video shared on Instagram adds, “Shout out to those who work behind the scenes to make Hip Hop Happen! Managers, Artists, Agents, Engineers and Producers, what is the retirement plan, healthcare plan, and fare commission standards for us? What is a fare wage for what we do within ‘Hip Hop’ as an industry?”

“Those that drive and assist artists, those that protect artists, those that promote the show, and those that sell merchandise, among other roles and responsibilities that make Hip Hop happen; Who speaks for us? What brings dignity and respect to the work that we do? the statement continues. “Answer. The Hip Hop Alliance! With the knowledge, the skill, and the power of our collective voice, there is no reason why we cannot protect ourselves and our future! Find out more @thehiphopalliance.”

Chuck D, Kurtis Blow, and Doug E Fresh founded the organization “to extend pivotal union resources to all creators in Hip Hop and R&B!” as explained by the group’s websiteKRS-One is listed as a chairman for the union, with Slick Rick being included on the advisory board.

The Hip Hop Alliance teamed up with SAG-AFTRA back in February in an attempt to educate artists about the importance of collective bargaining to avoid being exploited by record labels and studios.

Check out The Hip Hop Alliance announcement below.


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