Like it or not. Artists don’t necessarily realize that and some choose not to look at it that way. Some are naive. But escapist music is very political in upholding the status quo. That culture shapes the social landscape and makes certain things okay. You may not hate gay people, but if ten of your favorite rap artists are constantly singing homophobic songs, it contributes to an atmosphere in which it’s okay to dislike gay people. So in that sense all music is political.
Zack de la Rocha with Sherman Austin
Sherman Austin is an American anarchist and musician who was arrested for inflammatory content on his website and subsequently convicted. He was the first person to be successfully prosecuted under 18 U.S.C. 842(p), a United States federal law which makes the distribution of information on explosives unlawful if the information is provided with the knowledge or intent that the information will be used to commit a violent federal crime. Austin was convicted under a plea agreement in 2002 and served a one year sentence in federal prison. Some academics and activists, including Zack de la Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, protested the prosecution of Austin. ~Wikipedia
Listen to Zack explain Sherman’s case here.