Eclectic Vibes: Hip-Hop & The Other Black Candidate

In the late 80s and early 90s during the era of Public Enemy and NWA, Hip-Hop, radicalism and politics went hand in hand. Along the line something happened. I’d guess around the time everyone starting saying “grillz,” back when 50 Cent was still relevant, that the political activist spirit in Hip-Hop died. But with the presumptive Democratic nominee Barack Obama, the first presidential candidate that looks and acts like a Hip-Hop artist, he’s bi-racial and his favorite song is The Fugees’ “Ready or Not,” everyone is switching their tune.

The Source, XXL and Vibe Magazine are covering Obama’s every move. Every rapper from Ludacris and Juelz Santana to NaS and Young Jeezy have recorded tributes to the senator from Illinois. Will.I.Am filmed a lame video mashup that became a Youtube hit and Jay-Z has held up banners with Obama’s face on it at concerts. It’s amazing to me that the Hip-Hop audience–one that rarely gets involved in politics–is engulfed and totally invested in this election. But in the midst of the lovefest why aren’t people shifting their attention to the other black candidate, Cynthia McKinney?

If you don’t know who Cynthia McKinney is, google her. She is running on the Green Party ticket and she makes Obama look tepid, tentative and soft on the issues, like tapioca pudding. Comparing their resumes is enough to make the most staunch Obamamaniac switch allegiance to McKinney instantly. Seriously. Listen to her minus a teleprompter grill The Bush Administration, and then listen to Obama without a teleprompter sound worse than George Bush himself. Also, as Obama changes what he “believes” everyday McKinney’s views have stayed consistent throughout her 20+ year career in politics and public service. I mean McKinney unlike Obama doesn’t hide her blackness, she had supporters doing the Electric Slide at a rally. Bottomline, McKinney has a record of civil rights activism. Obama has speeches.

So why aren’t people, particulary Hip-Hop lovers, on the McKinney bandwagon–if such a bandwagon exists. I mean Rosa Clemente is her running mate. She even quoted Tupac when she accepted the Green Party’s nomination. You can get more Hip-Hop than that. So why isn’t the Hip-Hop community supporting or even aware of McKinneys candicay?

Yes, I know the media wants you to think otherwise, but there are other candidates running besides John McCain and Barack Obama. I know, it’s hard to believe despite their “polls” including only matchups between the two aforementioned candidates, without including Ralph Nader, Bob Barr, and Cynthia McKinney who may each get as much as 1-7% each in the general election, but i digress.

My only hope is the Hip-Hop community and Americans as a whole vote with their heads and not their hearts on election day. No matter who you choose, or if you choose to vote at all, question his or her positions. Research Obama’s position on FISA, the war on drugs, Sean Bell, CFR, AIPAC, affirmative action, civil rights and liberties and don’t just vote for someone because they look like us. I’ve checked up on McKinney and only found her run in with that cop a few years back, but other than that, her hands are clean. Can you say that for Obama?

Check out this video called “American Blackout” for more information on Ms. McKinney.



~ by Great Eclectic on August 19, 2008.

2 Responses to “Eclectic Vibes: Hip-Hop & The Other Black Candidate”

  1. For all of my real hip hop heads:

  2. this is dope. I think alot of people are just caught up in the HYPE. his CFR ties should send people running and screaming alone. They’re on the same team like Kerry and Bush. We need a third party candidate like Ron Paul or Bob Barr to win it to see real CHANGE

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