To vote or not to vote

Hip-Hop doesn’t seem like as much of a political force during these off-year elections, now does it? Back in 2004, you had dudes like Diddy (at the time P Diddy) and Russell Simmons out there trying to get today’s youth out to the polls with their slogans and t-shirts and what have you.

This year I haven’t heard much of anything having to do with hip-hop kids getting out the vote, and it’s not like I don’t follow this shit. It’ll be interesting to see what the youth turnout is this year vis a vis, say, 2004. If I had to guess, I’d say it’ll be a lot less.

The thing is, these midterm elections just aren’t the event that presidential elections are. All of the races are local or statewide and hence not as interesting to a national audience unless there’s some sort of scandal involved. As such, there isn’t nearly as much media coverage.

So most likely there’ll be a lot less people in general showing up at the polls today, but you have to wonder what the youth turnout will be relative to the overall turnout. My guess is that it’ll be fairly paltry even relative to the decreased overall turnout.

2006 is kind of a big deal though in the sense that Democrats could take over the congress for the first time since the early ’90s. Also, these elections are widely viewed as a referendum on the War in Iraq and everything else that’s gone bad in the past six years or so.

The Democrats are in the fortunate position of being able to claim that none of the awful shit that’s happened recently is their fault because they were the minority party in Congress during a time when Republicans controlled both houses of Congress as well as the White House.

It’s worth noting though that this is the stock excuse of any party that isn’t currently in power. Would our lives all be better today if the Democrats controlled both houses of Congress as well as the White House for the past six years? I suppose it depends on how you define better.

Lest we forget, we already had a Democratic president for eight years in the 1990s, and look what that got us: NAFTA and the end of welfare as we know it. Even if the Democrats do manage to take ’06 and even ’08 our lives will almost certainly be worse ten years from now than they are today.

But our lives would still be better in the sense that they were at least better than they would be otherwise. If this is reason enough for you to head and rock the vote, then have at it. But I wouldn’t sweat it too much if you’ve got something better to do this afternoon, like eating barbecue or taking a nap.

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    great success!

  • http://www.dmcworld.com/technics2004/video/2004dj1-100k.wvx JIMMY IVIONE

    I, IN NO WAY, WANT YOU PEOPLE VOTING – GO LISTEN TO SO’ MO’ FIDDY!

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    But I wouldn’t sweat it too much if you’ve got something better to do this afternoon, like eating barbecue or taking a nap.
    *then what’s the point of this post?

    i’ll be blazing the cali bud, BONG!

  • Fernando

    Ill be watching Borat. The Attack Ads are hella funny though. You should provide links to all the best attack ads of the season.

  • content

    “You should provide links to all the best attack ads of the season.”

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    that would take work on bol’s part and judging from his recent post it seems as if he just doesn’t care about quality anymore

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    went to see BORAT friday night(high) and was shocked to see it sold out, had to watch the 11:50 showing with shitty ass seats in the front. as nasty as the movie was, watch it! it’s pretty damn good.

    o.. has anyone seen them melyssa ford’s b-day pics. FUCK!

  • G Off

    If you don’t vote, don’t bitch about anything. If you think your vote doesn’t count, refer back to Florida in 2000 and see if a few people would have made a difference (even though it was proven later that Al Gore did receive more votes than Emperor George Walter Bush, as Borat would say, received).

    Vote Democratic

  • content

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    link?

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Tomorrow on Bol’s Saturday Night Workout: Bol eats barbecue and takes a nap.

    I was gonna leave another epic comment, but I decided that I didn’t want to discuss politics with this lot. People make death threats over whether Lil’ Wayne is a good MC or a horribly mediocre MC, nevermind politics.

    In any event, 1 more week until The Doctor’s Advocate, 2 more weeks until Kingdom Come, 6 weeks ’til Hip-Hop Is Dead/The N. 2006 is finishing up strong!

    UNO!

  • http://www.allhiphop.com Rey

    Borat was okay. Some really funny stuff, some not-so-funny stuff.

  • Transformer

    WE NEED BUSH I HOPE HIS BROTHER RUNS

  • SUPERMAN

    WHO GIVES A SHIT. AT THE END OF THE DAY NO IMPERFECT MAN IS GONNA GIVE US WHAT WE NEED. I DONT RELY ON GOVERNMENT. JUST ME AND MY FAMILY.

  • Flip

    “o.. has anyone seen them melyssa ford’s b-day pics. FUCK! ”

    ———————————

    You gots to come up off those playa.

  • H-MAN

    VOTE OR DIE

  • Ghost of 2Pac

    VOTE! My people VOTE! Make that change! One just can’t do it. It’s takes a mill and more! The same way yall change stuff in the cabinet! Vote and change the people in the cabinet!

  • Avenger

    People should actually vote infact I think it is high time that people learn how our political structure works. If we followed what these d bags were doing like our favorite sports team or the chick with the big ass then maybe we could get a little further in this country. Let’s face it we are all falling for the old look away while I fuck you stunt employeed by emperors throughout time. Vote as if your life depended on it cause one day it may.

    The shit is chess it ain’t checkers

  • Were Read 2 Def

    dayum, that was BORING. I couldn’t even get past the 2nd paragraph. Plus, what I’ve heard of Nas’s album so far, sounds pretty WACK. I hope the whole album isn’t that way.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    I’ve only voted once in my life & I don’t plan to ever again cause it REALLY doesn’t matter. Real Talk.

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    Funny coming across this post. If you don’t feel like voting for politics go here

    http://www.bix.com/entry/18984?emailInviteFrom=Corinne

    my second video…..

    and plus, if I win, I wouldn’t be screwing no one over like these polital clowns. I mean come on, they gave Arnold a chance????The sad thing I think he’s been the best so far.But rememeber whatever Diddy say’s, do the opposite cause it turns out like that anyways. VOTE OR DIE.

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    Funny coming across this post. If you don’t feel like voting for politics go here

    http://www.bix.com/entry/18984?emailInviteFrom=Corinne

    my second video…..

    and plus, if I win, I wouldn’t be screwing no one over like these polital clowns. I mean come on, they gave Arnold a chance????The sad thing I think he’s been the best so far.But rememeber whatever Diddy say’s, do the opposite cause it turns out like that anyways. VOTE OR DIE.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    This was a horrible post no misogny, racism, or disrespect to dead people. Step your game up Bol

  • Mr.Me

    Why vote when in all realness the gorvernment controls everything? If you want change then voting isnt the answer…money an violence are the only 2 answers. Sad but true. Its too late for change anyways because those stupid ass 70′s babies gave all our rights away back in Reagans era when they could vote but didnt use good judgement because they where to “jacked up” on “whitelines”.

  • Fernando

    Mel Ford Pics??

    Please share the fun!

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    “You gots to come up off those playa.”

    flip, wtf?

  • Fernando

    Oh yeah,

    Terrible post bol. Just about the most worthless post you have ever done.

  • wiz_kid

    Fernando Says:

    November 7th, 2006 at 3:53 pm

    Mel Ford Pics??

    concreteloop.com/

    click on CONTINUE READING THe POST

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    misogny = Misogyny

    Bol you should have just posted pictures of Melyssa Ford or Ashanti’s vibe cover from back in the day.

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    BOL u should really do a post on JESUS MALVERDE:THE NARC SAINT
    (i kno,its some weird shit)it’s a mexican drug culture HERO? that millions of people pray to.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Jesus Malverde’s existence is debatable but he is a Narc Saint. He’s sort of like Robin Hood.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jesus_Malverde

  • 110 street

    Good post my dude cant remember the last time i seen the barbecue truck in harlem, but ne way this is the wrong place for this topic..whuts up with jimmys review, Ballinnnnn.

  • Fernando

    I must have missed something. That site just had a few pics of her blowing out candles & posing with some friends.

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    u should peep them Jesus Malverde shrines(where he’s put next to jesus christ and mary). those r creepy ass fuck!
    BOL hip-HOP ur ass to that post!

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    Fernando Says:

    November 7th, 2006 at 4:10 pm
    I must have missed something. That site just had a few pics of her blowing out candles & posing with some friends.

    http://concreteloop.com/2006/11/melyssa-ford-celebrates-her-30th-b-day#more-7515

  • INVISIBLE_HAND
  • Fernando

    Mel Ford pics = LAAAAMMMMEEEE

    She’s out there showin her arse all over the place and you got me lookin at her blowin out candles. Talk about a letdown

  • KICKER

    if you didnt vote, you have no right to bitch about the current political situation. so if you like to bash the president (like everyone else), keep in mind that if you didnt vote, you are a big part of him being in office.

    VOTE cocks

  • Meka Soul

    let’s see: on one hand you can vote for a bunch of racist assclowns. on the other hand you can vote for a bunch of crystal meth-taking faggits [no bj & the bear].

    hand me a plate of ribs, please.

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Free Kris Ex

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    Fernando Says:

    November 7th, 2006 at 4:26 pm
    Mel Ford pics = LAAAAMMMMEEEE

    She’s out there showin her arse all over the place and you got me lookin at her blowin out candles. Talk about a letdown

    how about u put a link to great Mel Ford pics!

  • G Off

    Meka- those are both Republicans. Vote Democratic. Then eat the ribs.

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    where the fuck is Kris Ex anyway?

  • Fernando

    How bout you just Google or Youtube her. The bloggers on here are ridiculous, they take months off at a time. Let me do it. I could at least get a post or two a week. Holla!

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    Fernando Says: November 7th, 2006 at 4:44 pm How bout you just Google or Youtube her.

    party pooper.already did.need more.fucker!

  • Fernando

    Gears of War is bout to be the truth. Screw voting

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    this one sucked…

    Niggas ain’t here to talk politics- at least “real” politics that is…

    WE WANT CONTRAVERSY!!!

    U failedddddd Bo(w)l…

  • Fernando

    limewire her video. Truth

  • Fernando

    jyeea

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    enuff bitching. now 4 some entertainment: Melyssa Ford!!! click http://youtube.com/watch?v=THI176kOzmg …then click mute

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Rappers whose rants are more entertaining then their music….
    Jim Jones
    50 Cent
    Phonte(sometimes)

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    co-sign 50… that’s half the fun of him as an “artist”

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    at :28 seconds.very nice!

  • Fernando

    Mel Ford > Beyonce

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Christina Millian > Beyonce > Mel Ford

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    co-sign Jim Jones especially
    50(hasn’t had a good song since…..).
    what about vida guerra meagan good?

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    Mel Ford ? vida guerra > meagan good
    Beyonce > Christina Millian

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Mel Ford is a dime, but a broke dime none the less!

    Beyonce>Mel Ford

    sorry, i don’t fuck with “Gold Digger” chicks…

    I’m trying to K-Fed/Steaman Graham my way to the top!!!

    a moment of silence please for Kevin Federline’s WHOLE life…

    Britney is divorcing that fake (i hate to use the word) “wigger” as nigga…

    Yessssssssssssssssssssss!

  • Fernando

    Vida > Vanessa Minillo > Christina Millian > Melyssa Ford > Beyonce……………….Ya dig?

    From the waist down…..Melyssa Ford = Vida > Everyone else.

    I dont want to hear about Buffy, she is disgusting.

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    a moment of silence please for Kevin Federline’s WHOLE life…
    (divorce)

    BORAT sample:VOTING.
    Man > horse > dog > woman > criters
    u gotta watch the womans facial expression.priceless.

  • Fernando

    K-Fed is a true American Hero. He is SET. That man could make terrible music / play golf / but excessive amounts of sneakers for the rest of his life.

  • http://aramhiphopetc.blogspot.com/ I Fux

    Hey Any Jew joke is a funny Jew Joke…..(c)ME directed at Lyor Cohen, Jimmy Iovine or any other Tall Isreali

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Shakira > Vida > Vanessa Minillo > Christina Millian > Melyssa Ford > Beyonce

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    SONNY CHEEBA Says:

    November 7th, 2006 at 5:37 pm
    Mel Ford is a dime, but a broke dime none the less!

    Beyonce>Mel Ford

    sorry, i don’t fuck with “Gold Digger” chicks…

    wtf? who r u kidding(who cares about $ most of us don’t have a chance. we r talking strictly fucking. who would u pick?strictly fucking.

    co-sign ass
    From the waist down…..Melyssa Ford = Vida > Everyone else.

    a cute face is a different story
    Vanessa Minillo ? Christina Millian

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    on a strictly dickly (no bol’s post today) level, Mellisa Ford got it…

    She’s something!

    But as my wifey, Beyonce got it…

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    Jimmy Iovine is Christian… he wears a cross on his neck!

    And K-Fed is ASSED! he probably ran thru all the cake he mad ew/Britney and she has an ILL pre-nup…

    God Bless him tho, at least he made it to the promise land LOL

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Rhianna can get it too….

    So can Ashanti

  • yaboy

    bush is a herb, kick him to the curb.

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    RIP ballinnnnnnnn in K-feds life.it was great while it lasted. toady is a sad day for kept men.

    on another note:

    scarlett johassen can get it too….

    So can any rich actress

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    i’ve smoked weed w/Scarlet Johansen b4…

    She’s FINE!

    and just as i was gonna do “my thing”, my man came thru on some “take a picture w/my energy drink” promotional shit!

    Black History…

  • Fernando

    Rihanna looks like a dinosaur & I have a feeling that Ashanti looks bootsy without the make-up (like most of hollywood)

    Most disturbing people without make-up

    Beyonce (looks EXtremely average)
    Christina Aguilera (looks like a FREAK SHOW)
    Carmen Electra (broke my heart to see her without make-up)

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    …which raises the next big question
    which bitches, i mean sluts, actually posses NATURAL BEAUTY?

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    Most disturbing people without make-up

    Kristen Cavaleri she looked horrible in person with no make up. She was wasted too when I met her lol

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    SONNY CHEEBA Says:

    November 7th, 2006 at 6:25 pm
    i’ve smoked weed w/Scarlet Johansen b4…

    She’s FINE!

    and just as i was gonna do “my thing”, my man came thru on some “take a picture w/my energy drink” promotional shit!

    ay doggie, u blazin that lavender kush?

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    ^ see that’s why I don’t wear makeup cause once your on it it’s like there’s no turning back. I wear some cover up for the breakouts though.

    http://www.bix.com/entry/18984?emailInviteFrom=Corinne

  • e aka the real noreiaga

    actually posses NATURAL BEAUTY?

    Christina Millian, Shakira & Scarlett Johansen,

  • SONNY CHEEBA

    @ INVISIBLE_HAND we were puffing purae, that miami haze…

    i blew it!

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    co sign Christina Millian, Shakira(check out that tan) & Scarlett Johansen

    but …there’s gotta be more … i hope

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    @ SONNY CHEEBA muahahahaha yes the finer things in life!

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    *bumps in convo*…..Talisa Soto is the best overall, Mel Ford etc.. She has natural beauty and so on.

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    Bol must be pissed….

  • che

    see what happens when you try and discuss political affairs with niggaz? how the fuck does a post about voting behaviour in the midterm elections turn into a debate over ashanti and melyssa ford’s vaginal hair count..?

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    Talisa Soto is aiight.not the best.

    and for the record, political affairs n midterm elections HAVE NO PLACE IN HIP-HOP BLOG’s TO BEGIN WITH.

    political affairs

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    ha!
    melyssa ford’s vaginal hair count > political affairs

  • Young A. Simmons

    co sign, Bol tries to get some semi intellectual debate going and you hoes turn the blog into this?

    Corinne enough of the links we don wanna be peeping your crusty ass…

    Bol u a flabby bitch,
    and go cop that Docs Advocate next week, I’m out.

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    ^ you don’t have to be peeping nothing,I do what I do and I’m gonna keep on doing it despite your crusty ass.

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    ^ and of course your out, you talk shit and then leave.

  • face

    votes don’t count &

    comment section regulars R lame

  • Young A. Simmons

    I strike then fade away like a ninja.

    Bol, you republican?

    Corinne what do you do? dance on internet videos? What sorta pension scheme does that occupation have?

    So many questions…

  • wiz_kid

    votes count fuckfaces R lame

  • http://www.myspace.com/corinnemq Corinne

    Young, no I do not. I’m entering the contest that our man Game is holding. To win you have to have as many votes as possible. Look, I’m just trying do what I love and hope to win and see if it gets me anywhere in my life. You either support me or you don’t and if you don’t, don’t hate just wish me the best if not that, then just ignore me.This depends on my future, this isn’t to show off and entertain people just because.By the way…….get Game’s album within the first week!(lol)….ok I’m sounding more and more like a billboard, but hey I’m here to support too.

  • Aich

    Dunno about the kids, but turnout was fuckin’ ballin’. Like fucking 65%

  • rizzop

    Id swear the republican party got rid of welfare….George dubya hjas really fucked up the country! We wouldnt be fighting on irag if democrats were in office. We’d be looking for osama still. Their would be no reason to attack a country that didnt do shit to us

  • SUPERMAN

    CORRINE IS JUST AN INTERNET SLUT WHO’S TRYING TO BOLSTER HER CAREER WITH UGLY ASS LINKS. ASK NIGHTMARE HE CONFIRMED HER TO BE A SLUT. DAMN CORRINE YOU TALK TOO MUCH SHIT AND THAT POST YOU SAID ABOUT ME IN THAT OTHER ROOM PROVES YOU AINT JUST A DUMMY, BUT A HOE AT THAT. BIATTCHHH!

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    all you losers who come here to engage in your daily routine of embarassing your mother are the ones noz was talking about…a bunch of fruit flies…no intelligent dialogue takes place when you have a bunch of insecure morons making 13yr old remarks…as i stated once before…freedom of speech has it’s pros and cons…from now on i will ignore any childish idiotic degenerates’ remarks…you should do the same corrine…if you wanna tackle a topic and discuss with personal views…thats fine but get off the geek/insecure/cowardly ish…proceed…

  • http://glph.blogspot.com/ GT

    lol…voting iz pointlezz…republican…democrat…they BOTH support the RICH.

    http://glph.blogspot.com/

  • marlon

    bol, you had me til you took, proved your stupidity yet again by trying to blame the free trade on democrats, that what reagans work how you don’t know that amazes me.

  • marlon

    bol, you had me til you took, proved your stupidity yet again by trying to blame the free trade on democrats, that was republicans work how you don’t know that amazes me.

  • The DJ Formerly Known as N-CREDIBLE

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    idiotic degenerates remark

  • Detroit City Playa

    Its more than voting, people have to do something, people vote for Democrats and Republicans because they want the politicians to do something for them. We all have a stake in our own lives, we can’t depend on the government to just send us welfare checks as we sit on our asses, we have to go out and get what we think we deserve.

  • http://www.myspace.com/thaanswermikeyd Dip Set City

    Well we have a Democratic house. We will be worse off for it. Changes in Iraq are the only positives I can see coming. Hopefully

  • Fin

    Young ppl voted in record numbers btw, up 13% from 2004.

  • Corinne

    @INVISIBLE_HAND
    i luv ur beats

  • INVISIBLE_HAND

    myspace.com/ianlewismusicmanagement