the dog days of summer we have reached
the brief eye within the storm that is
the quadrennial presidential election
the break between the Democratic and Republican
Conventions. For the political
knowledgeable the question remains, "What
have we learned about the Democratic Candidates
that we did not know before?"
those who do not follow politics that
closely, the Democratic convention and
its well rehearsed, excellently executed
(but still obvious) and overly positive
speeches and presentation may have become
for those I provide the
Hip Hop Guide
to the Democrats
Clinton aka Jay-Z
lyrics that sound like Clinton quotes:
"Don't throw stones at the throne", "What
more can I say?" "I got a condo
with nothing but condoms in it."
similarities are consistent throughout
both of their careers. Both are now synonymous
with the region they are from (Arkansas,
Brooklyn) but have the respect and admiration
of their colleagues and peers in all parts
of the country and have managed to work
them successfully. Both "gracefully bowed"
out at the top of the game and have managed
to be equally successful in the next phase
of their career (Book sales, NBA ownership).
Both have had questionable/ controversial
dealings with women (Paula Jones &
Monica Lewinsky, Foxy Brown & Amil)
during their ascension and have been accused
of being a "user" of women. While in the
top spot both have presided over the greatest
period of prosperity, the Country had
record low rates of unemployment and gas
was cheap and rappers went platinum and
received endorsements like never before.
Both are also surrounded by the shadow
of a similar predecessor (JFK, B.I.G)
and the what if's surrounding their early
demise. And let's not forget the nicknames:
Bubba and Jigga.
Gore aka Nas
that make you wonder what both are thinking:
Gore: "I invented the internet"; Nas:
"I am God's Son"
even though more people think you should
have won, you still lose. Both Gore and
Nas experienced this. Gore (despite taking
more popular votes) would be defeated
in the Electoral College; Nas (despite
recording, "Ether" the most intense dis
record of all time) would become remanded
to the rank of second tier rapper. Other
similarities include both of their favorable
resumes when compared to the person that
would ultimately defeat them (Gore: a
veteran & multi-term Senator; Nas:
author of possibly the best rap album
of all time & along with B.I.G co-
savior of the East Coast).
also decided to take a step back from
the spotlight and reinvent themselves
and have since maintained they have no
desire for the top spot.
Kerry aka 50 cent
phrase: " When I." (was in Vietnam, got
shot 9 times)
you are having a hard time seeing this
one, I don't blame you, but it's all there.
Since both men are currently on the cusp
of achieving the top position in their
respective field let's take a close look
at 3 major factors that make these two
factor: John Kerry, military service/
50 cent, jail time.
Young Kerry's testimony to Senate about
war crimes in Vietnam committed by U.S.
soldiers/ Young 50's single "How to Rob."
that names prominent MC's as targets for
tongue-in-check jack moves.
Kerry has become the man after a slew
of other Democratic candidates failed
to excite the imagination or interest
of voters. Remember how Howard Dean's
use of the internet and stranglehold on
"young voters" guaranteed him a win? Turns
our that "young voters don't really vote.
/ 50 is the leader of the East Coast's
second renaissance. Remember when his
debut dropped, Jay-Z had announced his
retirement and if the song wasn't from
the South or Murder Inc. you probably
weren't going to hear it on the radio
or in the club. Also Remember when Ja
Rule controlled the charts? Turns out
13-year old girls don't decide who the
King of New York is.
that wasn't enough think about this: If
Kerry wasn't a combat veteran and
a Massachutes Democrat with Ivy League
pedigree and the familiar initials of
"JFK" would he be here? If 50 weren't
an East Coast rapper who served time in
jail, been shot and aligned himself with
Dr. Dre and moved out West like another
famous rapper whose name starts with a
number, would he be here?
there are the members of Kerry's team,
wife Teresa, an African born, former Republican
heiress and, VP candidate Edwards, a Southern
trial lawyer that is all smiles and positive
energy that has become the theme for the
convention versus the two most prominent
members of the G-Unit, Young Buck, a Memphis
raised rapper with ties to New Orleans
through Cash Money's Juvenile and Lloyd
Banks, a rapper who is know for his punchlines
and ability to turn a phrase, who raises
the lyrical quotient of the group significantly.
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