Pharrell's Sneakers Beg Hillary Clinton to Visit Ferguson

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It might seem crazy, what I'm about to say. Or not.

Pharrell Williams joins a long list of musicians who are concerned about the events that have unfolded since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown on August 9. Some, like Billy Bragg and Cat Power, have held solidarity concerts. Others, like Wiz Khalifa and Outkast, have made the "Hands up, don't shoot!" gesture during their performances. And still others, like Young Jeezy, Talib Kweli and MC Hammer, have visited Ferguson and talked with residents themselves.

But Williams has a different approach for drawing attention to the St. Louis County suburb -- he's using his shoes as a billboard.

See also:
- Billy Bragg Performs Surprise Set at the Royale For Ferguson: "Liberty and Justice for All!"
- Young Jeezy Visits Ferguson, Talks to 104.1 FM about Michael Brown

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Nausicaa Sound Offers A Footwork Comp for #Ferguson

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Late last month St. Louis native Derek Yaeger founded Nausicaa Sound, a music label focused on contributing to communities in need across the world. Yaeger aims to raise funds by selling songs online -- with all proceeds going to benefit groups such as Organization for Black Struggle, that work toward societal progress and equality.

Yaeger writes and performs music under the name D-M-Y, and he has a distinct insight on producing records. Driven by recent events in Ferguson, Yaeger reached out to fellow artists in the global Juke and Footwork communities with the goal of using dance music to combat inequality, racism and segregation.


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Rapper Young Thug Draws Criticism For His Stance On Ferguson, Mike Brown

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Over the weekend Atlanta played host to the fourteenth annual BET Awards, drawing rappers from all corners of the hip-hop world to the televised event. Atlanta-based Young Thug, of Gucci Mane's 1017 Brick Squad Records, was one. During a short red-carpet interview with entertainment website Bossip.com, Young Thug was questioned about his stance on Ferguson and the shooting of Mike Brown. His stance is, essentially, no stance at all.

See also: Hip-Hop Is Failing Us

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Modern Life Is War Singer Pens Piece On Ferguson

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Modern Life Is War. Vocalist Jeff Eaton is second from the right.
Jeff Eaton, vocalist for Iowa hardcore punk band Modern Life Is War, has penned a poignant piece for Cvlt Nation inspired by the shooting of unarmed teen Mike Brown and the ensuing unrest in the city of Ferguson.

"I have no specific authority to speak on the subject," Eaton writes. "But I've been writing lyrics about life in this country for over a decade now. I view it as a conversation from the perspective of an angry American with other angry Americans. Ferguson must be a part of that conversation because it's so important and happening so close to home."

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Rage Against the Machine's Tom Morello Plays Guitar With His Teeth For Ferguson

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Tom Morello, former guitarist for '90s political rap-rock act Rage Against the Machine, has written a new song called "Marching for Ferguson" under his solo-act moniker, the Nightwatchman. Morello debuted the track at the Jail Guitar Doors' Rock Out! benefit concert, held September 5 at Los Angeles' Ford Theatre. The track, inspired by the shooting death of unarmed teen Mike Brown and the ensuing unrest in Ferguson, has a blues-rock feel to it and features the line, "Carving up that golden calf with a blowtorch and gas mask, I'm marching on Ferguson, I'm marching tonight."

Midway through the performance Morello breaks into a solo. But, true to his well-documented guitar eclecticism and unique style with the instrument, he performs that solo with his teeth, channeling his inner Hendrix.

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Rapper Talib Kweli Claims Police Threatened His Life in Ferguson

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Brooklyn-based rapper/activist Talib Kweli, probably best known for his 2002 single "Get By," produced by Kanye West, as well as his work with Mos Def as one half of Black Star, famously got into a heated argument with CNN anchor Don Lemon in Ferguson a couple of weeks ago -- but apparently that was not the most combative exchange during his time in north St. Louis County.

See also: Talib Kweli Visits Ferguson, Squares Off With CNN Reporter

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LouFest Musicians Tweet Love for St. Louis

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Kim Schifino of Matt and Kim. See more photos here.

Another LouFest has come and gone, and many are saying that this year's event was one of the best yet. With Outkast leading a two-day lineup of Grouplove, Matt and Kim, Cake, Trombone Shorty, Portugal. the Man and other stellar acts, concertgoers certainly got their money's worth.

But it's not just the fans who enjoy festivals like LouFest. Just hours -- sometimes even minutes! -- after their sets, many of the fest's acts took to social media to share their appreciation for the way St. Louis rocked the hell out.

See our complete LouFest coverage here.

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MC Hammer Comes to Ferguson, Probably Fixes Everything

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Time traveler Rapper MC Hammer, best known for his 1990 hit "U Can't Touch This" (which is now 24 years old; Jesus Christ) took time out of his busy(?) schedule to visit Ferguson this week, meeting with Alderman Antonio French and attending the funeral services for Mike Brown. This adds to the growing list of rappers who have appeared on the scene -- J. Cole, Talib Kweli, Young Jeezy, Nelly, Tef Poe, Prince Ea and more have also been in the area in the past weeks.

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"Bands Up, Don't Shoot" Ferguson Benefit Show Fills the Ready Room This Sunday

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Punk and protest are old friends. In keeping with that tradition, members of the St. Louis music community have organized a concert this Sunday, August 31, with the proceeds going toward two organizations: Missourians Organizing for Reform & Empowerment and the Organization for Black Struggle. The benefit show, hosted by the Ready Room (4195 Manchester Avenue), features nearly twenty acts in a six-hour span -- a power run of regional music in solidarity with the daily struggles of protestors made more evident by the recent events in Ferguson.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

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Emcee Classiq Sounds Off on Ferguson with a Furious Freestyle

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Orange County, California, rapper Emcee Classiq has recorded an impassioned freestyle against police violence in Ferguson.

It's been two and a half tension-filled weeks since police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown. The young African American's death set off clashes in the streets between militarized police and angry residents, and many questions remain unanswered. Like rapper J.Cole's raw tribute song "Be Free," Emcee Classiq took to the mic to express his pain.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

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