House of Campaign - Five Rap Songs Looking For Your Vote
With the new Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis movie The Campaign opening tomorrow (oh, and the actual presidential campaigns you may have caught bits and pieces of this summer), we at the Weekly decided now would be the perfect time to look back at the moments hip-hop wanted you to make a choice as to who you cast your ballot for. While the success rate hasn't proven the highest for the ringing hip-hop endorsement, the rap perspective on almost 30 years of politics is at least an entertaining one.
Grandmaster Melle Mel - "Jesse" (1984)
Once upon a time, not long ago, there was a movement to put Jesse Jackson in the White House. At the forefront was Grandmaster Melle Mel (of "The Message" fame) who did his part by recording the tribute "Jesse." Jackson later proved to not have quite the same level of rap talent, struggling the next year on "Saturday Night Live" when rapping alongside Jim Belushi.
Eric B. & Rakim - "Eric B. For President" (1986)
The quintessential rap political platform, Eric B. and Rakim's "Eric B. For President" has become one of the most referenced rap songs of all time. As you might have heard, back in the day, this was Phife of A Tribe Called Quest's favorite jam.