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Change is Coming to Hip-Hop

By on Tuesday, 16th December 2008 at 5:05 pm

barack20obamaoa8Barack Obama and hip-hop seem to have a lot in common so let’s get political. Well that is what rapper Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr (otherwise known as Common) believes. Tuesday 16th December sees the hip-hop star release his 8th album and having inspired many artists himself, Common has predicted that president elect Barack Obama will “change hip-hop for the better”.

Sure enough, Common’s music has a habit of picking up what is going on in the world and Barack’s presidency is set to flood many new and rising hip-hop artists with optimism. Having seemingly suffered a George Bush campaign, it is not hard to find an American rapper whose lyrics display their horror at old George’s regimes. Well that is apparently going to end and soon we shall see the thousands of American hip-hoppers sounding bright and sunny.

Earlier this week Common said “I think hip-hop artists will have no choice but to talk about different things and more positive things, and try to bring a brighter side to that because, even before Barack, I think people had been tired of hearing the same thing,” But do you agree? I personally find it hard to believe that hip-hop will be rapping about how great the government is. I am sure there will be plenty of ammunition and global problems that we will here being expressed instead.

However I hope that Common is right about hip-hop becoming stronger as there seems to have been a lack of new stars coming through from this year and I would welcome some freshly inspired artists as I am sure you would.


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