Breaking news: Not voting does not lead to death
I've been desperately searching for something to post about the current presidential primaries that doesn't betray a bias—we are, after all, objective journalists here at TOC—when I found this juicy nugget from hip-hop godfather/DJ/commentator Davey D [h/t to the estimable Jeff Chang. Read his book!]
Davey D, a first-generation MC from the Bronx now doing radio and commentary in the Bay Area, asks what the hell happened to P. Diddy's Vote or Die organization? Remember all the "non-partisan" vote registration efforts, his Citizen Change organization, his goal to "kick Bush's ass" out of office with the help of the so-called "hip-hop generation?" Davey says:
[I] could not figure out why Citizen Change closed down and Diddy of all people wasn't out and about during this historic election season. After all he's not touring or promoting an album. You don't think he could've made some noise at the very least by selling Obama or Hillary shirts?
His post is a very astute read about the state of the hip-hop vote in 2008.
And for those of us in need of a boost of hometown pride, D mentions only a handful of prominent MCs—in all of hip-hop—who have come out publicly for a candidate, most of whom are from Chicago: Common (Barack), Lupe Fiasco (Hillary), and Rhymefest (Barack). Sure, Barack representing Illinois has something to do with it, but more to the point, we grow good MCs. Anyone know of other prominent musicians and who they're supporting? Besides Pete Wentz (who's in it for Barack).