With cryptic messages coming from Nicki Minaj, and artists like Kendrick Lamar opting not to vote at all, support for President Barack Obama in the hip hop community this election cycle has so far left much to be desired. Luckily for the president, however, a passionate, full-throated and surprisingly nuanced defense of his administration recently came from one hip hop luminary who is, himself, known for seeking a "higher" office — Snoop Dogg.
In a recent press conference for his upcoming documentary Reincarnation (about his transformation into would-be reggae star "Snoop Lion"), Snoop diverged into politics, endorsing the president and making the case for why he deserves another four years in office.
“Let me begin, Obama for four more years, man,” he said. “Bush f---ed up for eight years, so, I mean, you gotta at least give him eight years. He cleaned half the s--t up in four years, realistically. It ain’t like y’all gave him a clean house. Y’all gave him a house where the TV didn’t work, the toilet was stuffed up — everything was wrong with the house.
"He had to come in and get your things together, then he knocked down our most hated, the most wanted, the one who had our terror on orange or red or whatever color it was on [Osama bin Laden]," he continued. "He went and found him, the one Bush couldn’t seem to find, the one who seemed to fly away in the dead of night and all that...so give him [another] four years to get his thing together and finish this deal out. You heard what Clinton said," he said, referring to the former president's rousing speech at the Democratic National Convention in North Carolina. "You loved Clinton, didn't you?"
Recently, President Obama also received a nod from his old ally Jay-Z, for whom he delivered a special pre-recorded message at the Made In America festival over Labor Day weekend.
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