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My President Is Black, But Will There Be A Term 2?

May 15, 2012 · Posted in editorial · 14 Comments 

Cosigns in hip-hop have become incredibly important. If you’re an up-and-coming rapper, you dream of a Kanye West cosign. Blogs cosigning rappers is now pretty valuable as well. There’s also cosigns for clothing lines and drinks. But Presidential cosigns? I’m not talking about the President cosigning rappers either. I’m talking about rappers cosigning Presidential candidates. Just 10 years ago, hip-hop had little importance in the political field. Usually it was just a few rappers calling for change in politics, but their voices were rarely heard. This changed in 2008 when Barack Obama ran for President. Suddenly, politicians, or Barack’s campaign, realized that hip-hop actually had a ton of influence over the culture. Plus, adults listen to hip-hop as well. So the Obama campaign went after their votes. They went after cosigns from rappers like Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, and Nas. With hip-hop’s help, Obama won the White House. As the 2012 November election draws closer, Romney isn’t Obama’s only worry. He doesn’t have hip-hop behind him like he did back in 2008. Forget about the possible effects of him backing gay marriage. Hip-Hop isn’t backing him! Obama needs hip-hop to win the election. Hip-Hop has tremendous influence over the rest of the culture which can help him get re-elected.

Hip-Hop controls the youth. It controls the culture. The rest of America looks at hip-hop for fashion, slang, TV, drinks, and of course music. By becoming a piece of the culture like Obama did in 2008, he got into the minds of the American youth. Obama was frequently mentioned in rap songs, and his face was all over hip-hop blogs and MTV. Some rappers like Jay-Z, Young Jeezy, and Nas even dedicated complete songs to Obama. Rapper endorsements came left and right. We’re seeing none of that in 2012. By this time in ’08 Obama was a hip-hop sensation. He probably knows this too because he recently shouted out Young Jeezy at his correspondents dinner. Yes, he’s the President of the US of A, and he probably has more important things to do than to get posted on rap blogs, but he needs hip-hop if he wants to get re-elected. There’s a difference between supporting, and actually leaving your room to go vote. Young people need to go out and vote for Obama or else we’re going to be seeing 4 years of Romney.

Sometimes hip-hop tends to be complacent. That might’ve rubbed off on the President. Now that history has been made, and America has had its first black President, the community has lost interest in politics. At this time 4 years ago, Jay-Z, Diddy, Ludacris, and Young Jeezy were in full campaign mode supporting Obama. Sure he was fighting Hillary Clinton in the primaries, and he’s now an incumbent. So he’s in a different position now. However, I don’t see the same type of excitement as I did in ’08. Obama rap lines are in decline or non-existent, nobody talks about him, and nobody asks about him in hip-hop interviews. He’s been elected, history has been made, so people have just forgotten about him. He might have hip-hop on his side, but he needs hip-hop in the voting booth come November 6th.

Who knew hip-hop could help dictate what went on in D.C. 2Pac would be proud. The culture has a tremendous amount of power. A lot of rappers don’t know how to use their influence though. They think it’s just about selling records. Rappers don’t necessarily need to be involved in politics but they can always use their voice to call for change and be heard. Obama is underestimating hip-hop. He thinks it’s in the bag. He might be right, but he needs to motivate the community to go out and vote if he wants to safely win. Romney is going to give him a fight. Fortunately, Romney doesn’t have the charisma to win over young people. His campaign is currently trying to paint him as a fun prankster, and they’re miserably failing. If Obama can once again win over hip-hop and just do his talking thing, he’ll be in the White House for four more years. If he can rap some Young Jeezy, I don’t care what he does with the economy. He’s got my vote! Yo Prez., Young Jeezy, “Supafreak” featuring 2 Chainz. 2 Chaaaaaayynz went hard.

Written by @QuezKHH, like me on facebook.


14 Responses to “My President Is Black, But Will There Be A Term 2?”

  1. Luminous Story on May 15th, 2012 6:01 pm

    Many people wouldn’t vote for Obama just because of Hip-Hop… Whoever can make promises that are actually reachable and can be done in less than 4 years, then they got my vote if it helps out this country.


  2. B Rivers on May 15th, 2012 6:44 pm

    So the fact that Jay Z has come up and said he supports Gay Marriage isn’t having hip hop backing him up?


  3. Justblazex on May 15th, 2012 7:13 pm

    Is there a Reason other then Obama is black that you want him to win?

    You don’t even list reasons why you dislike Mitt Romney or Why Obama should win over Romney?

    This piece is pretty ignorant, this blog should stick to writing more lyrics to more songs instead of giving political opinion pieces.(What little opinion there even is)


  4. ThePeoplesChamp on May 15th, 2012 9:56 pm

    JustBlazeX … you need a good reason?

    How about the Republican platform in support of fracking which has the potential to stain the drinking water of a large portion of America simply for the purpose of capital gain? Watch “GasLand”

    Or how about the Republican platform of wanting to make abortion illegal, even for a rape victim, or even for someone who has been medically deemed a high risk birth and will potentially kill the mother. Republicans say EVEN that person who is risking their life in pregnancy, will not legally be allowed to conduct an abortion.

    Or how about the last time we had a republican in office, the VP was the real guy running the show, making all the EPA decisions, making all the real decisions, while the POTUS was sitting in front of the camera jibbering jabbering stumbling on elementary English.

    Do you need more reasons you TROLL?! Go leave your subliminal Obama hatred somewhere else you clown. FoxNews.Com ….. …

    fool …

    I would literally vote for ANYbody over any republican ever after the 8 years we had with Bush. All that conservative BS is what’s WRONG with America.

    Turn on any right wing news channel and all you will see is BELLIGERENT Obama bashing … they’ve done it to the point where they’ve tricked even former Obama supporters into thinking he isn’t a good president. The fact of the matter is, he’s done a lot of good in his first term and any good he hasn’t done, is because the republicans in congress have been voting against anything and everything Obama cuz apparently it’s cute to vote based on color instead of LOGICAL THINKING. Wait for Obama’s second term. He’ll have more freedom to do whatever he wants because he wont have to worry about re-election. So just wait. Give the man his DESERVED 2nd term. The right wing is disgusting. Sure we had Colbert and Stewart making fun of Bush but they poke fun at all presidents and politicians on both sides. Never before in the history of America has there been such belligerent bashing of the president on any reputable news network as we have now. What’s so different about this current president that makes these attacks ok? I don’t see why he’s so attacked … it’s not like he’s black or anything? Man if we had a black guy in office then I could see why people are so butt hurt and wanna exude their racist tendencies and attack the guy. But like seriously what’s the reason? …

    OBAMA12 unless you wanna see the rich get richer and your poor ass get poorer. Everyone better go and vote or the future of you and coming generations will never be able to live this one down.

    NON-Black Intellectual & Rap Enthusiast


  5. ThePeoplesChamp on May 15th, 2012 10:06 pm

    And to explicitly answer your stupid questions, this is a HIPHOP website, not a political website, the article was VERY SPECIFICALLY on how HIP HOP influences politics. THEREFORE THE ARTICLE IS RELEVANT TO THE WEBSITE, NOT WHAT YOU WANT, GO TO ANOTHER WEBSITE IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ A SUBJECT MATTER RELEVANT TO WHAT THE WEBSITE IS ABOUT.

    How dare you say a persons’s opinion is ignorant. I am morbidly disgusted with you as a fellow human being, few things are lower than trying to degrade the opinions of others, politics aside.

    I hope the author of the piece and the admins of this website don’t even bother to reply to your “IGNORANT” comment. I don’t want them to take the time, so I did =)


    MFA Reply:

    <a @ThePeoplesChamp, I am amazed. This is literally the BEST comment(s) I’ve ever read.


    Mattyice Reply:

    @ThePeoplesChamp, Agreed


  6. Dahayes on May 15th, 2012 11:23 pm

    This blog is the most pointless one yet! Your saying everyone should vote for Obama just because he is black and was supported by some rappers? You did not list or even mention anything good Obama did or is saying he will do if he is elected. Just because Obama listens to or knows some hip hop is not a good reason to vote for him. People like you, that do not know anything about politics, are the reason we get some of the ridiculous presidents we do.


    Tab Reply:

    @Dahayes, KRRRRRRRR (he cut your head off in the next comment).


  7. The Royal One on May 16th, 2012 12:55 am

    What a minute I thought this was not wannabee bootleg Stick to just hip hop lyrics, music videos, promoting new artist, interviews, and hip hop news not editorials.

    Hip hop in the world has no political power and didn’t win O’bama presidency people just thought John Mccain was too old and if he died during office we didn’t want his VP Salin Palin fucking up the country as next leader in charge.

    Go look at the Billboard Hot 100 right now and see how much influence hip hop sells or people actually like. You’ll find only 8 hip hop out of 100 and none in the top 10.


  8. The Royal One on May 16th, 2012 1:18 am

    Calling this article “My President is Black let’s get him a 2nd term because he’s black” makes you as a writer sound biased and brain washed. Since he’s black that the only reason to vote for him or because a certain hip hop artist likes him then support him ? No ! Vote for Barack O’Bama because what he plans to do for America in term #2 better than any other candidate.

    Reading the headline above would turn off 75% of the reader before reading your thesis statement. You gotta write stronger headlines especially if it’s politics being involoved.

    Your also giving props to Young Jeezy & Nas for a song that was ignorant and talked more about ballin and the hood than reasons why O’Bama would change America. The song was a terrible look for O’Bama. Almost ruined his campaign run.

    Shouting out Young Jeezy at that White House dinner might be the reason he doesn’t win second term. Congress doesn’t care for Jeezy.


  9. Immortal on May 16th, 2012 1:59 am

    @Mattyice, nice *fabolous voice*


  10. Juan on May 16th, 2012 1:24 pm

    “If he can rap some Young Jeezy, I don’t care what he does with the economy.”
    I seriously hope this is a joke. America doesn’t need Jeezy, we need a stable economy and limit spending. Romney will do that.


  11. AerOn on May 16th, 2012 8:06 pm

    This is what America has come to. America is a joke. Theres only two things congressman and Presidents care about, Money and reelection


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