SUN CITY! (artists against apartheid)
This was a great era! Rock, Hip-Hop and Soul artists all united against Apartheid and Racism in South Africa. Run DMC, Melle Mel, Bam, Bruce Springsteen, Hall & Oates, Bono and a bunch of others turned down a lot of money in protest of the South African policies.
Check out this report too, which interviews Afrika Bambaataa, Public Enemy, Stetsasonic and others, who were a powerful force in the 80s. The 80′s rule.