stand for something.

Dr. Martens and Noisey found musicians who #STANDFORSOMETHING. Learn how these artists support causes and show their passion.

After releasing his solo debut studio album, My Name Is My Name, last month, Pusha’s finally found his spot on a major label. The 36-year-old Virginia Beach rapper had been working on his solo debut for over a year, and after a few hurdles, the Kanye West-executively produced project was met with critical acclaim. Even with his most recent successes, his patience and tolerance are at an all-time low. His life is surrounded by business. “Anything that’s untrue jeopardizes my business,” he says.

He’s learned the best way to be truthful is just to talk straight, and that’s something his dad taught him early on. “Speaking truthfully is the only way to go—and the easiest way to go,” he says. “Everyone just needs to stay on a straight and even plane, and that all begins with truth.”

Gary Clarke Jr. stands for musical freedom. The “future of Texas blues” started playing guitar when he was 12 years old and through the years, he’s worked with a number of music legends. But his unconventional style with rock & roll and blues has made his music stand out above the rest. “Letting everything you’ve learned, and adapted to, let it go,” he says. Being free, musically, has put him in situations he’d never thought he’d be in with other artists. He’s on tour with Kings of Leon next year, which kicks off in Atlanta on Feb. 5.

Swedish MC/producer Ellinor Olovsdotter is Elliphant, and she stands for Save The Grey. She says it’s a philosophy that came to her after learning more about the ivory hunt in Africa, and she came to the “It’s so terrible that we use these animals for some kind of power thing, it’s so nasty,” she says. “We have to take responsibility.” Elliphant wants to use her art to bring out questions about “Save The Grey” and bring inspiration to the movement. She’s working with Dr. Luke to prep her debut album, due for release next year on Sony Music Entertainment’s Kemosabe Records.

Bethany Cosentino of Best Coast may have written a lot of sunny songs in her time, but she isn’t afraid to get tough for what’s right.

Neon Hitch discusses an important social issue close to her heart.

Ash Riser talks about his childhood and standing up for good parenting. – 23 year-old Angelino and self-professed “the white scum beach bum” Ash Riser hasn’t been on the scene very long, but he’s already logged tracks with both Kendrick Lamar and RZA. The MC’s latest offering is his VS The World EP Pt. 2, which saw the light of day in middle September 2013. The first part was released a few weeks prior and both are available via Soundcloud.

…what do YOU stand for?

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