Monday, September 03, 2007

Rappers Split on Endorsements

File this under: 'Who Gives a Crap?'

Don't you just love soft news?


Curtis said...

It is actually pretty telling. One of those "backpack" rappers who likes Obama is a guy named Common. On his song "The People," Common includes a line about how his "raps ignite the people like Obama." Coincidentally, Common, as well as other leaders of the backpack rapper movement like Lupe Fiasco and Kanye West, all hail from Chicago.

You should actually give a crap about what these rappers think. Their lyrics are incredibly complex, cerebral, and socially conscious. They are the Marvin Gayes of our time.

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gabe said...

timbaland actually did a fundraiser for hillary a few months ago. as excited as i was to see timbaland (!?) involved in the political process, alas, it broke my heart that he was with hillary. oh well, at least he's not a republican... (as if "timbaland" could ever be a republican)

aria ghafari said...

hey obama got george clooney too

hes a rapper, right?

Kyle said...

*rolls eyes* I'm sorry, but I disagree with the esteemed Curtis - it's not that they're rappers, it's that they're celebrities. I really don't care who they support because their support really doesn't have much influence (with the possible exception of Oprah).

And by the way, all these rappers suck and Bob Dylan would own their ass anyday. If Dylan endorsed Gravel I'd vote for him.

No, really


Curtis said...

Kyle clearly doesn't know shit about hip-hop. That said, rappers like Common, Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco, Talib Kweli, Mos Def, and the rest of the backpack movement have a lot of sway with their fan base. Hip-hop fans listen to these artists specifically for their social and cultural commentary. They take their political cues from these rappers in the same way that liberal elites take their political cues from Paul Krugman and E.J. Dionne. To put it in terms that Kyle can understand, these rappers are what Dylan was to college kids in the 60s.

Therefore, it really doesn't matter whether or not Kyle cares about what they have to say, because their messages aren't intended for him, but rather for the hip-hop generation. Yes, before Kyle rolls his eyes dismissively, I just used the term "hip-hop generation." It's a term that the hip-hop community takes very seriously. It is that seriousness that has inspired entertainers like Jay-Z, Timbaland, Beyonce, Russel Simmons, and Jermaine Dupri to donate to Democratic campaigns.

Of course, it's not just these entertainers who are sending out cues to the hip-hop community, but also magazines like Vibe and The Source. Believe it or not, these magazines frequently chime-in on social and political issues. If you don't believe me, just check out this month's issue of Vibe; Barack Obama is pictured on the cover.

Kyle said...

I concur with Curtis...I've never heard of 'Vibe.' That's what I get for liking John Denver and Joan Baez. :-D