SystemRebels.com is a new site covering hip-hop and politics. It is fairly new but it looks like it will prove to be interesting.
Archive for February, 2008
According to a post on dailypaul.com Ron Paul has ruled out a 3rd party run. Quote:
Ron Paul will not run as a third party candidate. I was on his national conference call last night and he said himself, “we don’t want to lose my congressional seat”. He said he would continue in the Republican Presidential primary as long as the money and support are there, just like he’s been saying. But he very specifically mentioned his congressional seat and he was taking care of various votes and other business in congress the last couple days to ensure he would be ready for the primary vote for his seat in Texas next month. Texas has the “LBJ” law which allows anyone to run for congress and President at the same time. This is what Dr. Paul is doing and he cannot run as a third party candidate for President while running as a Republican for congress, the Texas Republican party would toss him out. So forget any talk about a third party run! It’s collect as many delegates as possible, get Dr. Paul a prime time speech during the RNC and get as much into the Republican platform as possible. End of story, that’s what we have to concentrate on.
Snoop was recently on CNN’s Larry King talking about politics and other things.Snoop told Larry King that he isn’t down with the Republican or Democratic parties and the he represents the Gangsta parties. Maybe Snoop Dogg should look into the Guns and Dope Party
Latoya Peterson writes for The American Prospect online that Barack Obama is in many ways the hip-hop candidate. Quote:
Obama has positioned himself as the straight-talking community organizer who wants to rise above politics and accomplish real change in the way this country operates. Is it any wonder that hip-hoppers like Common and Talib Kweli have come out in full force for him?
Soulstice, the critically acclaimed underground emcee and college radio sensation, believes Obama embodies hip-hop because “he’s a self-made American who happens to be black. Not only is [being self-made] an ideal in hip-hop, it gets at the core of the American Dream.”
“In terms of black youth, especially black males, I think his draw is strengthened by the fact that Obama not only represents the ideals of hip-hop but openly embraces the fact that hip-hop has tremendous potential to make a positive impact,” says Soulstice.
Obama’s opponents allege that he puts forth “more style than substance,” a critique that echoes one of the long-standing criticisms of hip-hop as a flashy trend or passing fad. And like Obama, hip-hoppers consider the idea of “waiting your turn” to be the kiss of death. Generation hip-hop wants what we want when we want it, and we will pursue it to the end — be it landing a record deal, starting a clothing line, forming an independent label, or having the guts to walk away from a bad situation and forge a new path. The hip-hop generation is not willing to wait for someone else to give it permission to succeed.
When former congressman and first African American ambassador to the United Nations Andrew Young said Obama should be president “in 2016,” Obama ignored the comment. Now he’s won the endorsements of Caroline Kennedy, Oprah Winfrey, Ted Kennedy, and John Kerry. Refusing to genuflect to the old guard has garnered Obama quite a few snippy comments, most focusing on his “lack of experience.” Still, Obama manages to keep his original goal of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in sight.
After all, if there is one thing hip-hop does well, it’s shaking off the haters.
Still, hip-hop experts disagree about Obama’s relationship to the movement.
“Obama is not the first candidate to embrace the hip-hop generation,” says Jeff Chang author of the phenomenal hip-hop history Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop. Chang notes that previous presidential hopefuls Dennis Kucinich and Al Sharpton Jr. both tipped their hats to the growing influence of hip-hop culture. However, Chang says that while Kucinich’s interest seemed more academic and Sharpton often positions himself as a paternal figure to youth, “Obama doesn’t insult our generation’s intelligence.” He continued, “I think many of us welcome that candor.”
Others welcome Obama’s lack of a moralizing tone. James Dickerson — who prefers to be referred to by his online moniker, The Humanity Critic, writes and blogs for Vibe.com. His blog, The Nappy Diatribe has dedicated a lot of Web space to the presidential campaign, with a particular focus on the perception of Barack Obama. When asked if he would describe Barack Obama as a hip-hop candidate, he said, “Personally, I would. So many African American politicians have historically played the ‘black cop’ role when it comes to hip-hop — going out of their way to rail against the art form as a whole simply to ease the fears of future white voters. Barack has yet [to do this] and, as far as I can tell, will never do this.”
And Humanity Critic lauded Obama’s on-the-record statements about being a fan of “the art of hip-hop.”
“The cultural significance is huge,” he says. “[Obama] breaks the cycle of black leaders, many of them who were on the front lines of the civil rights movement, who just have had a disconnect with the hip-hop community.”
Obama has been embraced by a large number of rappers.
Obama is also the first Presidential candidate that has openly admitted to liking some hip-hop and not just using it as something to criticize like Bill Clinton did when he was running in 1992. Barack Obama speaks as a fan of hip-hop who can say he is a fan of the music but not a fan of all of the lyrics.
UPDATE February 17, 2008: Here is a video of Barack Obama discussing hip-hop.
Another funny skit from The Real. Quite topical considering today is Super Tuesday.
Popularity on the internet does not equal popularity in real life. This is true whether talking about political movements, a musical artists or even a sub-genre of popularity.
In 2004, Howard Dean’s popularity on the internet far exceeded his grasroots numbers especially early on in the campaign. This election cycle Ron Paul’s campaign has taken advantage of the internet to raise a lot of money but unfortunately for Ron Paul this has not translated into large numbers of votes in elections.
Ghostface’s popularity is strongest among hip-hop fans on the internet. In a recent YouTube video, Ghostface has complained that his fans have not purchased his record in the numbers he would have liked. This may be another case of internet support not turning into real world economic support. It should be noted that Ghostface has continue to put out albums at a fairly quick pace.
I just received a robo-call from John McCain’s campaign. The robot asked a number of poll questions with a white male sounding voice. The voice asked which candidate I planned on voting for, which candidate was my second choice and which issue was the most important.
I told the electronic pollster my first choice is Ron Paul and my second choice is Mitt Romney. I chose the option for the economic issue because it seemed to be the closest thing to the size of government.
I live in New York’s 19th Congressional District