Let's be honest, today's mainstream rap music has taken a sharp turn away from its revolutionary roots. Conscious rap music can be hard to find since songs with a message aren't always considered "popular" and rarely get the air play they deserve. But a recent Britain's Got Talent performance by teen rap duo Bars and Melody shows us that conscious rap music has the power to be both inspirational and wildly popular.
Charlie Lenehan and Leondre Devries' anti-bullying themed rendition of the song "Hope" by Twist and Faith Evans received a standing ovation from the audience and judges. Thirteen-year-old Leondre pulled from his personal experience with bullies when writing the lyrics saying, "When I used to be down in the dumps, I used to write down my raps. I could express myself through what I was writing down." The combination of Leondre's lyrics and Charlie's soulful voice on the chorus made for a magical moment that moved many to tears. Even Simon Cowell, who is notorious for his hyper-critical commentary, said the song could be a hit!
Want to see more amazing performances from up and coming artists? Tune in on June 10th for the season premier of America's Got Talent on NBC.
Watch the Bars and Melody performance below!