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While many a rapper has hopped on President Obama’s re-election bid, there are a stubborn number of rap renegades who most likely won’t be endorsing any attempt to secure a second term. With the presidential nominating conventions in full swing, we rounded up five notable hip-hop figures that likely won’t be ringing you up for a democratic campaign donation this fall.
1. Kendrick Lamar
A much adored young West Coast rap hope who makes music with a positive sheen, confirmed non-voter Kendrick Lamar showed his cynical side this week by telling the Alternative News network, “When I say the president can’t even control the world, then you definitely know there’s something else out there pushing the buttons.” He’s talking about Jay-Z’s Illuminati, kids!
2. Lupe Fiasco
Long before he decided to dedicate his life to making t-shirts warning of the evils of music magazines, Lupe Fiasco liked to rag on the President. His most infamous rant was to appear on CBS’s What’s Trending and declare, “In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama in the United States of America. For me, I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism.”
3. MF Doom
Ever the hip-hop curmudgeon, the elusive MF Doom decided to celebrate the 2008 Presidential election soiree by nailing his support to John McCain’s bid. Contrarian as always, Doom also rapped about really enjoying “the black McCain campaign/ Negative debate-a-thon” on the track “More Rhymin’.”
4. Kim Dotcom
The mysterious figure behind the now banned Megaupload file-sharing website, Kim Dotcom took aim at Obama’s stance on Internet copyright laws by dropping a highly critical song titled “Mr. President.” He also declared, “[Obama] should consider helping millions of Mega users to get their files back.” Cue a deep maniacal laugh from the depths of the White House.
Rappers might have been falling over their Supra kicks to endorse Obama’s 2008 campaign, but DMX was an early doubter. Asked by rap rag XXL if he was aware Obama was running, he replied, “What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?” Helpfully, he added, “Is he serious? That ain’t his fuckin’ name. I’ma tell this n***a when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullshit”… Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.” We’re pretty sure he’s aware of him now.