Friday, August 17, 2007

I can't wait for rappers to cover...Rudy...

While Vibe magazine is out there crying it's Obama Time I'm wondering if they will figure out that whole "equal time aspect" that media's supposed to give. If radio stations are going to play songs that promote Obama, then technically since a song is not a documentary, bona fide news interview, scheduled newscast or an on-the-spot news event, one of the less favored candidates could make that an issue.

I doubt it's going to happen, though I find it hypocritical of him to play games. I think this probably says it best:

Russell Simmons, co-founder of Def Jam records, responded in the New York Times magazine, calling Obama a "mouse, too, like everybody else," and saying that instead of reforming rap lyrics, "What we need to reform is the conditions that create these lyrics. Obama needs to reform the conditions of poverty."

In the September issue of Vibe, one of the hip-hop industry's leading publications, Obama agreed with some of Simmons' criticism but stressed that rap music's influence is undeniable.

"So yes, my job is to focus on poverty, education, health care, but I think we have to acknowledge the power of culture in affecting how our kids see themselves and the decisions they make," Obama told the magazine, which put the presidential candidate on its cover above the headline: "It's Obama Time."

Though I can't help wondering...can he dance like MC or will he end up hearing "You can't touch this"...

1 comment:

Larry said...

I have to agree with Simmons, in that Obama and the rest of them need to concentrate on poverty in America, and the homeless.

There are over 40 million Americans without a home tonight.

40% of returning Iraq and Afganistan veterans are homeless.

This is horrible to be allowed in the wealthiest nation of the world.