5 Music Crews I’d Love to See Endorse President ObamaSeptember 6th, 2012
By Arielle Loren
Hip hop is an engine for political commentary of many sorts. It addresses local politics, life and, occasionally, what’s going on in Washington depending on who’s given the mic. As the election season is heating up and the Democratic National Convention is underway, I feel like the hip hop community should be more visible in a campaign that has many of its listeners at best heart. Between Obamacare granting better health care access to people under the age of 26 to more educational grants being given to the same demographic, hip hop has much to celebrate about President Obama and even more to advocate that he do over the next four years. Below are five music crews in the hip hop and R&B world that I’d love to see publicly endorsing our president before election day and remind him that the music world is paying attention.
Young Money – After Nicki Minaj’s recent playful endorsement of Republican candidate Mitt Romney on Lil Wayne’s Dedication 4 mixtape, many have been left confused about where one of hip hop’s hottest music crews stands in terms of politics. Admittedly, Nicki has publicly tweeted that President Obama should lean further to the left on his health care reform and just give free access to all. But nothing would be more powerful than a shot of the whole YM crew sporting Vote Obama T-shirts and announcing their joint support.
G.O.O.D. Music — President Obama did call Kanye West a jackass for what he did to Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, but secretly, I think West still admires him. What a better way to show some maturity and be the bigger man than to organize his G.O.O.D. Music crew to get more people out to vote for the president. His crew mates Common and John Legend would already be down given their public advocacy for the president. Now we just need some collective team work.
Roc Nation — Jay-Z is already a pro-Obama supporter along with his beloved wife, Beyoncé. But it’d be even cooler to see him rally J.Cole, Jay Electronica, Bridget Kelly, Alexis Jordan and even Willow Smith to team up for the Obama plight. Arguably some of the coolest new kids in hip hop and R&B, they’d definitely catch the attention of the younger generation and encourage more young people to get out and vote.
MMG — Ricky Rozay and his MMG crew is known for talking primarily about cash, cars and girls. They don’t have me fooled though. Considering the fact that many are self-made millionaires and come from meager beginnings, they, too, could identify with the Obama campaign and its focus on middle class families and rebuilding American communities. To see Ross, Meek Mill, Rockie Fresh, Gunplay, Wale, French Montana and more members of the MMG crew getting out the vote for Obama would not only be epic but a testimony that the artists care about more than what’s in their wallets.
Bad Boy — Diddy has been a vocal supporter of Democratic tickets since launching the 2004 Vote or Die campaign with Citizen Change when former President George W. Bush was running against Democratic candidate John Kerry. From the time Obama’s name was in circulation for the Democratic nomination back in 2008, Diddy has been a die-hard supporter not only during his campaigns but also during his presidency. However, organizing the Bad Boy family on the president’s behalf would only take his activism to the next level, with artists like Janelle Monae, Cassie, Mase, Boyz ‘n da Hood, Mario Winans and more.
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