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Once Rhymed About, Obama Finds Less Support from Hip Hop in 2012

Monday, November 05, 2012

President Barack Obama with rapper Jay-Z and singer Beyonce at a fundraiser on Sept. 18 (Twitter)

Before the 2008 presidential election, hip hop stars like Nas, Young Jeezy and Sean "Diddy" Combs enthusiastically endorsed then-Senator Barack Obama through speech and song. But four years later, the hip hop community's support of President Obama's re-election has seemed somewhat muted. Hip hop writer and Soundcheck bullpen member Sowmya Krishnamurthy joins us to discuss how rappers like Jay-Z, Kendrick Lamar, Lupe Fiasco and Nicki Minaj have demonstrated their feelings of political support, apathy and disapproval leading up to election day. 

In this episode of "What's Trending with Shira Lazar" from June 2011, rapper Lupe Fiasco talks about why he thinks Obama is the "biggest terrorist in the United States of America," and why he doesn't participate in presidential elections. 


Rapper Jay-Z, on the other hand, has endorsed President Obama for re-election. Last month, the Obama campaign released this video of the hip hop artist, talking about what the president's 2008 election meant to the nation, and why he thinks voting is so important. 


Sowmya Krishnamurthy

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