No, Tea Party. Yes, hip-hop!
Uncle Luke, the man whose booty-shaking madness once made the Supreme Court stand up for free speech, gets as nasty as he wants to be for Miami New Times. This week, Luke starts a worldwide political movement.
Around this time last year, undercover racist movement Take America Back began to take shape. Its members questioned Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship and his religious faith. Now the Tea Party radicals are poised to do damage to America in the upcoming November elections. Well, today I'm starting my own counterrevolution, one that calls on everybody, not just Americans, but the entire human race to come together under hip-hop. I'm talking about a worldwide political party that everyone can relate to.
The Hip-Hop Party will be the first to go beyond the borders of the United States — because hip-hop lovers come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and nationalities.
Throughout its history, this music has bridged the gap between cultures and ways of life. You certainly weren't going to find out in a schoolbook how young, inner-city black men felt about police. You had to listen to N.W.A. The same thing with Eminem. Here is a white rapper talking about his trials and tribulations. Even actor Will Smith, who was a vanilla rapper, wouldn't be where he is today without hip-hop.
The music's influence reaches across the globe. We will sprout local Hip-Hop Party chapters in Paris, London, Berlin, Tokyo, Sydney, and in every city in Africa. If Jay-Z can go to Germany or France to do a concert for 100,000 people, he can get them to join the movement. Groups like the Beastie Boys and the Wu-Tang Clan would be our diplomats.
This would be one of the most powerful political parties ever assembled. Hip-hop has already flexed its political muscle for the Democratic Party through Get Out the Vote drives by P. Diddy and Russell Simmons. President Obama wouldn't be commander in chief without Jay-Z. But this isn't about Democrats or Republicans. Or about being to the left or to the right. Or about who is liberal or conservative.
More than anything, the Hip-Hop Party can successfully tackle economic development. Look at every major independent rap label out there, from Bad Boy Entertainment to Cash Money to Roc-A-Fella. All of those companies are owned by guys who either sold records from the trunk of their car or set up shop in their mom's living room. P. Diddy, Russell Simmons, Jay-Z, and Birdman all started businesses in their communities and created jobs for people. Imagine if all of those cats got together and formulated plans to bring employment to every ghetto? Sky's the limit.
And if there is one thing we'll take from the Tea Party, it's the bluntness of its members. They let you know how they feel about you even though their comments belong at a Klan rally. They stick to who they are. That is what the Hip-Hop Party has to do.
We don't want any flip-floppers. That means Chad Ochocinco will be our first candidate. But we're closing the door on Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton.
Follow Luke on Twitter: @unclelukereal1.
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