As we are seeing in the current run-up to the 2016 Presidential elections, there are a lot of political outsiders making a big splash on the scene. Especially on the Republican side, outspoken newcomers like Donald Trump, Ben Carson and Carly Fiorina are making a huge impact on the political scene. With art imitating life, we even saw Hip-Hop artists like Wacka Flocka Flame and Kanye West making announcements of their presidential aspirations. In the following article, we actually take a serious look at the entire genre of Hip-Hop and pick out 10 individuals we feel could be decent presidents if they really decided to run. Enjoy the list below!
10. Lupe Fiasco
It’s actually ironic that Lupe Fiasco ended up having a successful career in Hip-Hop because he initially hated the genre because of the misogyny and vulgarity in the lyrics. However, he chose to pursue a rapping career, and now he’s loved for his amazing lyricism and his willingness to be unique and different. Over his career, he has shown a tendency to be socially conscious and that’s why he would make a good president. He has done charitable work like the Summit on the Summit project and performed benefits for the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Just this month, he partnered with angel investor and Google executive Di-Ann Eisnor to establish a one million dollar search for entrepreneurs in underserved, marginalized neighborhoods.
9. Chuck D
When you talk about forefathers of the Hip-Hop industry, you have to mention the superb lyricist Chuck D of the seminal hip-hop group, Public Enemy. For most of the late 80s and early 90s, Public Enemy was the biggest rap group in the world. They had hit albums like It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back, Fear of a Black Planet and Apocalypse 91 … The Enemy Strikes Back. Their music had a revolutionary message symbolized by the hit song, “Fight the Power.” In the latter part of his career, he has hosted politically-themed radio shows, advocated before Congress and is a major member of the TransAfrica forum. It’s obvious he cares about the betterment of society and that’s why he would make a decent president.
8. Big Sean
Detroit has produced some great personalities in Hip-Hop – a few of those esteemed names include Eminem and the highly respected producer J-Dilla. One of the most successful rappers from the new era of rap is Sean Anderson aka Big Sean. He is signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music label and over the last few years, he has enjoyed a great run in the game. Most people know him for having dated beautiful celebs like Naya Rivera and Ariana Grande. But what most don’t know about is how much good work he’s for his city via his Sean Anderson charity foundation. Even with all the money he’s made, he knows that he is an important role model for the youth. That kind of self-knowledge and sense of responsibility is what will make him a good candidate for president.
7. Talib Kweli
The 40-year-old Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli is one of the most cerebral rappers in Hip-Hop. He comes from a house of academics – his mother is an English professor at the Medgar Evers college in NYC and his father was an administrator at Adelphi university. Kweli has very strident political views and he’s also a staunch activist. With regards to his social activities, he has protested against the NYPD stop-and-frisk policy, stood with the Dream Defenders in Florida and he also protested against the shooting of Michael Brown in Missouri. Talib Kweli has the intelligence and courage to be a decent president in the White House.
New Orleans rapper Dee-1 is definitely a rarity in the game of Hip-Hop, and his uniqueness is what gives him the qualities to be a good president. After graduating from college, the 30-yr-old rapper decided to become a teacher to pay back his student loans and also change the lives of young people. But when he realized how much influence Hip-Hop had on his young students, he decided to pursue a rapping career to better guide his students with positive messages and inspiring music. He is a self-proclaimed Christian rapper and he wants to use his music to enlighten and edify. For those reasons, the Louisiana rapper has the temperament needed to be a good president.
Chicago rapper Common is one of the few Hip-Hop stars who have been able to successfully transition from being a musician to an important player in Hollywood. Most recently, he was involved in the civil rights movie Selma about Martin Luther King that was produced by the one and only Oprah Winfrey. When that song won an award at the Grammy’s, Common brought the house down with a stirring and inspirational acceptance speech. He just happens to a very eloquent, intelligent and charismatic orator and these traits would definitely make him a decent president.
4. Killer Mike
Michael Render aka Killer Mike is one of the most outspoken rappers in the Hip-Hop genre. He is 40-yrs-old and he experienced real success later on in his career when he formed a duo called Run The Jewels with formidable Brooklyn rapper/producer El-P. Killer Mike is known for being very vocal about the issues of social inequality, police brutality and institutionalized racism. He was very outspoken about the police-involved shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri and he also spoke up about the death of Freddie Gray earlier this year. Perhaps if he did run for president, he would have to drop the “Killer” from his moniker. But he definitely has the passion and zeal needed to fight for the rights of all the people in America.
3. Jay Z
People can be good presidents for many different reasons and Jay Z would be an awesome president for his stellar business acumen and unstoppable ambition. Jay Z currently has a net worth of approximately $520 million. He built all this wealth with nothing but a dream, loads of ambition and an uncanny knack for rhyming words together. He currently has several businesses and companies including the TIDAL streaming service, Roc Nation music and sports agency and his 40/40 sports clubs. Someone with this much creativity and wealth creating knowledge would be great at steering the American economy.
Out of everyone in this list, the Chicago rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith is probably the one most likely to do a great job as a president of the United States. He calls himself a “raptivist” and his titles include: writer, activist, political organizer and teacher. In 2005, he won a Grammy for co-writing the Kanye West hit song “Jesus Walks.” He always tries to teach and enlighten people through his music, and his wife even founded a non-profit arts program for young people called Donda’s House. Rhymefest even ran for office in 2010 to become an alderman in Chicago’s 20th Ward. He didn’t win the nomination, but you can be sure that his aspirations for a political career are far from over.
The Bronx NYC rapper KRS-1 is one of the legends of rap music. He is 50-yrs-old and he has been active in the rap game since the late 80s. Since the beginning of his career, he has always been a social and intelligent rapper. The positive messages in his music are what earned him the nickname of “The Teacha.” He often brands his type of rap as “Edu-Tainment” because of all the knowledge he drops in his music. He is also known for starting a “Stop The Violence” movement in rap and he always tries to empower young people with his music. These are important traits in a leader and definitely key qualities for being a president.