Musicians Who Ran for Political Office

2 Chainz for mayor? Check out other music stars who've run.

2 Chainz - 2 Chainz' appearance on Nancy Grace to debate the legalization of marijuana must've put him in the mood for politics. He told XXL that he was mulling over the possibility of becoming a city official. ?I?m supposed to be running for mayor in College Park," he said. "I got everybody wishing. ... I?m just trying to make sure I have the right qualifications.?Anything's possible. As the "I'm Different" emcee weighs his odds of winning, check out other music stars who've tossed their hats into the political arena.?? Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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2 Chainz - 2 Chainz' appearance on Nancy Grace to debate the legalization of marijuana must've put him in the mood for politics. He told XXL that he was mulling over the possibility of becoming a city official. “I’m supposed to be running for mayor in College Park," he said. "I got everybody wishing. ... I’m just trying to make sure I have the right qualifications.”Anything's possible. As the "I'm Different" emcee weighs his odds of winning, check out other music stars who've tossed their hats into the political arena.–– Michael Harris (@IceBlueVA)(Photo: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Luther Campbell - In February 2011, Uncle Luke put his hat in the ring to run for mayor of his hometown, Miami-Dade County. The former 2 Live Crew member was serious with his run and came in fourth in a pool of 11 candidates. He won 11% of the vote but failed to qualify in the top-two runoff.(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BET)

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Luther Campbell - In February 2011, Uncle Luke put his hat in the ring to run for mayor of his hometown, Miami-Dade County. The former 2 Live Crew member was serious with his run and came in fourth in a pool of 11 candidates. He won 11% of the vote but failed to qualify in the top-two runoff.(Photo: Rick Diamond/Getty Images for BET)

Sweet Micky - Michel Martelly was elected President of Haiti in 2007. Prior to joining the political ranks, Martelly, also known as "Sweet Micky," was Haiti's biggest musical star and considered the king of compas music. Among his political supporters was Pras of The Fugees.(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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Sweet Micky - Michel Martelly was elected President of Haiti in 2007. Prior to joining the political ranks, Martelly, also known as "Sweet Micky," was Haiti's biggest musical star and considered the king of compas music. Among his political supporters was Pras of The Fugees.(Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Martha Reeves - Motown royalty and The Vandellas lead singer, Martha Reeves served one term on the Detroit City Council from 2005 to 2009. (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

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Martha Reeves - Motown royalty and The Vandellas lead singer, Martha Reeves served one term on the Detroit City Council from 2005 to 2009. (Photo: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Rhymefest - Kanye's and Common's homie Rhymefest stays fighting for the people and ran for alderman of the 20th Ward in Chicago in 2011. Although he lost, he's still a community activist and works with programs to help curb gang violence and find jobs for the youth.(Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

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Rhymefest - Kanye's and Common's homie Rhymefest stays fighting for the people and ran for alderman of the 20th Ward in Chicago in 2011. Although he lost, he's still a community activist and works with programs to help curb gang violence and find jobs for the youth.(Photo: Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

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Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees - Justin Jeffre of '90s boy band 98 Degrees ran for mayor of his hometown of Cincinnati back in 2005, and his bandmate Nick Lachey even introduced him to the crowd when he made his announcement speech. Jeffre fell short but placed fifth among seven candidates, receiving 1.7% of the votes in the mayoral primary.(Photos from left: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc., Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images)

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Justin Jeffre of 98 Degrees - Justin Jeffre of '90s boy band 98 Degrees ran for mayor of his hometown of Cincinnati back in 2005, and his bandmate Nick Lachey even introduced him to the crowd when he made his announcement speech. Jeffre fell short but placed fifth among seven candidates, receiving 1.7% of the votes in the mayoral primary.(Photos from left: Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc., Janette Pellegrini/Getty Images)

Jerry "The Iceman" Butler - R&B legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Jerry "The Iceman" Butler has been serving as a commissioner for Cook County since he was elected in 1985. His duties as part of the 17-member county board have included chairing the Health and Hospitals Committee, and serving as vice chair of the Construction Committee. Curtis Mayfield's former partner also still actively tours while maintaining his office.(Photo: Lucas Jackson/Landov)

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Jerry "The Iceman" Butler - R&B legend and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Jerry "The Iceman" Butler has been serving as a commissioner for Cook County since he was elected in 1985. His duties as part of the 17-member county board have included chairing the Health and Hospitals Committee, and serving as vice chair of the Construction Committee. Curtis Mayfield's former partner also still actively tours while maintaining his office.(Photo: Lucas Jackson/Landov)

Fela Kuti - Afrobeat king Fela Kuti formed his own political party called Movement of the People and in 1979 announced he was running for President in Nigeria but his candidature was refused.(Photo: Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

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Fela Kuti - Afrobeat king Fela Kuti formed his own political party called Movement of the People and in 1979 announced he was running for President in Nigeria but his candidature was refused.(Photo: Ebet Roberts/Redferns)

Wyclef Jean - Wyclef Jean made the world stand up for Haiti after his homeland was ravished by a tragic earthquake in 2010. He then put his name in the ring to run for President, but his run failed after it was determined that he didn't qualify as a resident anymore. (Photo: Eric Jamison/Getty Images for CBS Radio & CBS Local Digital Media)

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Wyclef Jean - Wyclef Jean made the world stand up for Haiti after his homeland was ravished by a tragic earthquake in 2010. He then put his name in the ring to run for President, but his run failed after it was determined that he didn't qualify as a resident anymore. (Photo: Eric Jamison/Getty Images for CBS Radio & CBS Local Digital Media)