Heading into the 2008 election, hip-hop was collectively rallying for Barack Obama. Diddy created his "Vote or Die" campaign. Notable MCs like Nas and Ludacris crafted songs in support of the Democratic nominee. Other supporters from the culture included Jay-Z, Russell Simmons and Mos Def. Hip-hop's fervor was a representation of an overall energy among young people sparked by Obama's campaign. This year, though, as the President marches toward a re-elction bid on November, that same support seems to be lacking. Over the weekend, at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, Obama joked that, while he sang Al Green during his first term, "In my second term, I’m going with Young Jeezy," before adding that he sings Jizzle to his wife Michelle sometimes. It was just the first step in winning hip-hop's outspoken support back. Here are five more. —XXL Staff (@XXLStaff)
Following suit of the viral video “Head Of The State,” a parody of Waka Flocka’s “Hard in the Paint,” Obama should team with Flockaveli himself for a memorable video. This time around, instead of actors, the two notable names star in the video themselves, reimagining Waka’s hit single “Round of Applause” as “Four More Years.” “Four more years, shawty cast that ballot/Pull down that lever, cast that ballot/Lemme see you, pull it, pull it.”
The DNC is set to take place in Charlotte this September. It’s there that Obama will become the official nominee of the Party. Every four years, the Convention offers up a set of speakers to rally the crowd and viewers at home. Considering the excitement created by the appearance of a 2Pac hologram at Coachella earlier this month, Obama could incite an even greater response were he to resurrect the late rapper in digital form for a speech of support. Known for his politically active mind, ’Pac, though not necessarily on board with all of the President’s policies, likely would have been a supporter of Obama in 2012.
Though Rick Ross still hasn’t released his anticipated album God Forgives, I Don’t, there’s no doubt that he’s been bossing up recently. Both Wale and Meek Mill have flourished since linking with Rozay, and the hefty honcho seems to have his sights set on expanding his roster—with rumors he’s talking to everyone from Nipsey Hussle to Ma$e to Emilio Rojas. Obama would give MMG the Midwest native it lacks.
As he’s proven time and again, Kanye West has the ear of hip-hop. Obama has called his fellow Chi-town native a “jackass” multiple times, but if he and Yeezy were to team up, the possibilities would be endless. Sure, ’Ye could do something like record a song in support of the Commander in Chief, but why not have the creative wizard lend his out of the box thinking to Obama’s campaign tour stops, helping bring flair, showmanship and spectacle to small towns on the trail.