“Conceive true deception multiplied a million fold.Visualize the yin and yang in a battle so intense that we get em confused. The resident evil specialize in misconstruing. We wanna be at a presidential level. What are we doing? Foolin ourself, clownin ourself, playin ourself.” OUTKAST, “13th Floor/Growing Old”, ATLiens (1996)
BALANCE. HARMONY. RECIPROCITY. Alright Daily Dosers, “let me explain only child style so you don’t miss” [“Two Dope Boyz (In a Cadillac),” ATLiens, 1996]. Yesterday I posted a lyrical excerpt from “13th Floor/Growing Old” with the intention of explaining how we are getting the yin and the yang of our government confused. That is, this focus on the difference between Republicans and Democrats and how each positively and negatively contribute to President Obama’s reign sparked a great debate of my Facebook page. So that I don’t lose none of y’all, I want to give you an example of how this is happening right up under our nose. We are going to talk about Common today because in certain ways he is related to OUTKAST. I’m saying…like…both Dre and Common dated Erykah Badu and so we are not getting too off course.
First let me give a special shout-out to my Cincinnati homie Nathan for today’s DDR title “Getting the Facts.” Getting the facts seems to be so un “Common” these days, right? Political pundits and people in the media are lining up against the choices the Obama’s are making regarding who is coming to The White House. Yesterday socially-relevant MC Common was disinvited to a poetry program hosted by Michelle Obama. Common was invited for a poetry reading. Then, according to reports, dis-invited because political pundits loop Common’s music in the category of Gangsta Rap. Apparently, the Obama’s didn’t feel like explaining their decisions to bring Common to their home notwithstanding the fact that it probably had something to do with him being a socially-conscious poet and MC from Chicago who works with youth poetry programs, and has written some of hip-hop culture’s most socially-critical music. I guess they have to pick their battles. And I wish this was a battle waged because it’s bigger than Common. Instead, the Obama’s just took him off the list and conceded to the verbal attacks against him from Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, and Sean Hannity who all called the rapper “anti-cop” or some stereotypical variation of it. This is not an attack on Common. This is an attack on Common, hip-hop culture, and the hip-hop/millennium generation. A culture and generation that was very active in helping Obama win the 2008 election, and a culture and generation that will be just as much involved (if not more) in getting Obama re-elected in 2012 because hip hop was one of the popular political tools used in the campaign. What better way to attack hip hop than to attack its violent storytelling – most of which is socially-rooted and socially-relevant.
The fact is that Common is not an anti-cop rapper. Neither does hip-hop spread anti-cop messages. Both Common and hip hop are anti-police brutality, which is very different from anti-cop. Both Common and hip hop are anti-criminalization of black youth, not anti-cop. There is a difference. So without giving too much attention to Limbaugh, Beck, and Hannity, because if we haven’t learned anything over the last two weeks, it is that these political pundits are reaching for straws when it comes to the criticism of the Obama’s. First it was the production of a birth certificate and that wasn’t enough. Then, he takes down bin Laden and that’s not enough. Now they are attacking a conscious rapper because he has anti-police brutality and anti-criminalization of black youth storytelling on his album. Clearly the Republican party does not like to do their homework because if they did, they would know the facts and know that Common is a conscious poet. Just like if they’d done their homework they would’ve known that Obama was born in America.
Click below to watch and comment on Beck’s seven-minute rant where he straight hates on The Obamas and hip-hop. So sad because they have no context or facts. It sounds as if they are lost on an island somewhere trying to figure out their way back to reality.
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