DJ Green Lantern & Russell Simmons Presents…Barack Obama, Yes We Can: The Mixtape
Words: The Infamous Omar
It was only a matter of time before hip-hop completely backed a presidential candidate and made a bunch of songs throwing their support behind dude.
That time has come and that candidate is Barack Obama.
The question is will he embrace the support? We all saw what happened when Ludacris made “Politics.” But while Luda OD'd on Obama’s competition (Calling Hillary Clinton a bitch was a bit over the top. The McCain and Bush disses were on point though.). Instead of throwing darts at Sugar Hills or wishing a wheelchair on Grandpa, they took the time to artistically make their point as to why Obama is Neo.
All I can say is, you know Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson is HATIN’!!!
Rappers known for spitting some of the most venomous words in the game made their point without sounding uneducated as far as the political game goes. On “Make It Out” Styles P talking about “Got me thinkin’ to myself “why ain’t the war over? Why middle-class families in foreclosure?” it just don’t make sense / trade a dollar for a Euro and you only get cents…”
Joe Budden got on John Mayer’s “Waiting On The World To Change 2008” and said, “I got word from my lady / she said “JB if they rape me then Palin want me to keep the baby / and then they wanna raise taxes / the dollar’s worth nothing and it’s not enough to wipe my ass with!”
It’s so obvious that heads are really taking notice on these candidates ideas as to where they plan on taking this country and where it is now. And you know it’s serious when Styles is talking about foreclosure and not putting the toast to your forehead.
Meanwhile Mikkey took the time to put the current bird in charge of the country on blast with “King George” and Joell Ortiz used his time to speak to the possible future Commander-in-Chief on “Letter To Obama.”
It’s great to see MC’s get into the political game at the proper time. If there was ever a time for hip-hop to take a stance on who our next president is gonna be, now is definitely the time. From gangsters like Styles to peace spreaders like Wyclef, the music and message on this joint is one that everyone can feel and relate to. This is more proof that music is in fact a universal language, and we all saying the same thing: Obama for Prez!
Hottest Joint: “Make It Out” by Styles P & Cassidy
Weakest Joint: “We Need Barack” by Mavado