Check out this interesting article on Hip Hop and President Obama and my Pastor Rev. Otto Harris‘ III (Union Memorial UMC) reaction to it:
Article: How Hip Hop Lost Faith in Obama
Interesting read. I know I read it from the perspective of an Obama fan, but I think the article makes a lot of assumptions. I’m not familiar with Good Culture or Tanveer, so I’m not sure about their bias.
Okay, my bias and their bias aside, I think that Hip Hop is too much of a complex “hairball” to be presented as a supporter or adversary (of President Obama). There is no voice or even set of voices that represent Hip Hop. Even if we used mainstream commercial Hip Hop as the voice, it’s too schizophrenic to glean a consistent message about Obama or other issues. To use BBU (who?) (BBU=Bin Laden Blowing Up
) as a representative voice of Hip Hop is suspect to me.
Secondly, Obama is not a focus in the media in general. When he was campaigning, he was campaigning. His voice and face were everywhere. Music reflected what was in the media. The novelty of the first black president has faded some, but that does not mean he’s not supported any longer. When he was campaigning, I prayed for his safety from the pulpit just about every week. I still support him, even though I don’t pray for him every week from the pulpit. When Beyonce was on every other song on the radio, rappers would consistently talk about how fine she was. Same thing when Halle Berry was in every other movie. When they’re not as frequent on the radio or in movies, rappers don’t talk about them as much. Does that mean that they don’t think they’re fine anymore? I think NOT.
I do agree with the journalist that the most popular Hip Hop artists have the potential to present a powerful voice in the November 2012 election
. And if willing and obedient, in November 2011 and November 2013 and in between and after on other issues. The challenge is getting the ones who make it to mainstream to understand their responsibility and respect their roles of stewards of collective voice. Until then, I guess we’ll just keep “throwing our hands in the air, and waving like we just don’t care.” smh