Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Are Hip-Hop and Republicans Mutually Exclusive?

The notion that one can be, at once, Hip-Hop and Republican is laughable and contradictory.

"Voted for Barack/McCain was my tax bracket"
Why one half of the Clipse would vote against their economic interest is a question worth exploring. Granted, Obama is young and black and I won't for a second deny that this had a overwhelming effect on his ability to galvanize the Hip-Hop vote.

But there are more and more Hip-Hop heads, like the Clipse, leaving a tax bracket traditionally synonymous with Hip-Hop culture, i.e. the poor. Yet, the majority of them have voted for a Democratic president in the most recent election. I am lead to believe that save for the cry for lower taxes and the adherence to the "Up From Slavery" mentality, most true Hip-Hop heads don't ascribe to the conservative ideologies of the Republican party.

I wonder how Hip-Hop Republicans feel about graffiti art, a component of Hip-Hop that many bureaucrats seem to oppose. Hip-Hop has always been anti-establishment, revolutionary, and liberal whereas Repubicans tend to be conservative and uncompromisingly indifferent to the plight of the poor and the existence of institutionalized racism.

I wonder about whether Hip-Hop Republicans feel that Hip-Hop artists should have the freedom of speech to express what they experience (or in some cases don't experience). Again, political parties as a whole, not just Republicans, seem to be overwhelmingly opposed to most of this. Hip-Hop, it would seem, is antithetical to politics.

I'm all for the complexity of different cultures but there are underlying traditional values that are intrinsic to both the Hip-Hop and Republican cultures. Those traditions are mutually exclusive.

1 comment:

Will said...

Check out these funny presidential rap lyrics. There is a good mix of democrats and republicans.