During my daily perusing of CNN, I came across a very interesting video. Since I like to listen to music while I read, I had to pause the Blueprint 3 (If you’re a fan of Jay and not a fan of this album, I really implore you to print out the lyrics and read them. If you still don’t like them, I would argue that you my friend don’t like to see human and intellectual growth but that my friend is another argument for another day).
Here is a link to the video. http://www.cnn.com/2009/SHOWBIZ/Music/09/23/common.obama.hip.hop/index.html#cnnSTCVideo
It just so happened that I paused the iPod and a very interesting point of the song. It was right before verse 3 of “What We Talkin Bout” ft. Luke Steele. Jay raps:
“And now that that’s that Lets talk about the future
We have just seen the dream as predicted by Martin Luther
Now you could choose ta Sit in front of your computa
Posin’ with guns Shootin YouTube up
Or you could come with me to the White House get your suit up
You stuck on being hardcore I chuck the deuce up”
Listen for yourself here:
This was a bit profound for me. Where Jay goes, others follow and as for Common, he’s already cemented himself as one of hip hop’s premier social commentators.
Did Barak have an affect on our community beyond the short lived inspiration? Will he inspire those who really need it? Has hip hop already stepped their game up? Or are we “stuck on being hardcore”?