November 6 is Election Day, where Mitt Romney will go against Barack Obama to decide who will be the President of the United States.
From my understanding, hip hop has always swayed towards the Democrat Party, despite many rappers lyrics sharing more in common with the Republicans such as lower taxes for the rich and gun ownership.
Hip hop played an important part in helping Barack Obama get elected, as rappers were able to influence many young African Americans to register and vote, particulary those from impoverished backgrounds.
However, hip hop does have a less visible Republican prescence.
Eazy E donated $2500 to the Republican Party and met with Ronald Reagan at the White House
50 Cent once said that if he was able to vote, he would vote for George Bush.
Even Kanye said that Read the rest of this entry
Midweek Newsletter: The Roots make a statement, Russell Simmons returns to Occupy Wall Street and more
Solve all your problems by giving me money!
Russell Simmons is a hip hop legend. This does not and should not make him immune to criticism. Mr Simmons is also worth an estimated $340 million, so it’s pretty safe to say that he is not part of the 99%! It’s his money and he can do what he likes with it. However, Mr Simmons has stated that he would support paying more taxes. The problem with increased taxation in my opinion, is that it would have a crippling effect on the middle classes and small businesses, simply because after taxes their would not be enough money going around to spend frequently. The consumer would be forced to save money and spend wisely.
Anyway, yesterday Russell said that he is planning an Read the rest of this entry