Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Movement's Moving...

He's been officially crowned the "Hip-Hop Candidate" by most spectators and fans (myself included). But don't make the mistake (as so many others have already) of calling it an inevitability due to his ethnic background. Obama's a guy who grew up in the era of Melle Mel, T La Rock, Kurtis Blow, Chuck D and countless others (he's actually younger than all the aforementioned greats). Obama, in my eyes, represents strong leadership along with an intuitive outlook on current culture and its rapid movement.

I've always thought and said that Hip-Hop and politics (activism, consciousness) go hand in hand. Barack Obama makes that feel truer now more than ever in Hip-Hop's history (in my lifetime at least). So it's no surprise that some of the greats from the Hip-Hop community have pledged their support to the presidential hopeful. Common started it all a few years back calling (...prophesying?) for Obama's run for the high office. Flash forward to 2008, and it's a whole new picture: Obama has won many of our vote, but there's still much work to do. This is where emcees like Kidz in the Hall, Talib Kweli, Bun B and Joell Ortiz come into the picture. Over the past couple days, two excellent songs have been released by these emcees, both of which are worth/demanding of a listen. Check 'em out:

Kidz in the Hall - Change (Work To Do) (Remix feat. Talib Kweli & Bun B) [zShare MP3]
Joell Ortiz - Message to Obama [zShare MP3]

And if that weren't enough, keep your eyes and ears open for...


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