Well, I guess you gotta make your rounds, Obama. So, I’m not mad at you, player! The hip hop world holds a lot of sway (not the announcer…I’m referring to power) when it comes to getting young black people out to the voting booths. I found this info over at Hip Hop DX.
“I’ve met with Jay-Z; I’ve met with Kanye. And I’ve talked to other artists about how potentially to bridge that gap. I think the potential for them to deliver a message of extraordinary power that gets people thinking (is massive),” Obama told Jeff Johnson during BET‘s political special What’s In It For Us?.
Though he supports using Hip Hop as a catalyst for good, Obama is also aware of Hip Hop’s negative side too, acknowledging that messages of crime and misogyny overshadow the many positive aspects of rap music.
“There are times, even on the artists I’ve named, the artists that I love, that there is a message that’s sometimes degrading to women, uses the N-word a little too frequently. But also something that I’m really concerned about is (they’re) always talking about material things about how I can get something; more money, more cars.”
With the primaries in full swing, the voice of young Black America and the Hip Hop vote will continue to be a focal point in the media. So far, rappers including Common, Rhymefest and Talib Kweli have voiced their support for Obama.
LOL, who else would Common (Chi till I die) and Kweli support…Edwards? Tell me who Puffy and Soulja Boy are supporting (other that liquor companies, clothing lines, and labels that promote horrible messages to kids in popular music).