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Rapper Dee-1: Why Voting in 2012 is Job #1 for the Hip-Hop Nation

Rapper Dee-1 has seen his fair share of people trying to make it through hard times. As a native of New Orleans, he saw firsthand how Hurricane Katrina changed his community forever in just a matter of hours. As a former educator, he knows the importance of teaching at-risk, young people how to build a foundation for a successful future. And, as a Black man in America, he knows that the odds are stacked high against his community and the students he tried to reach.

In 2012, Dee-1 and others like him are committing their names and voices to help mobilize urban young people to exercise one of their most precious rights – the right to VOTE. On the eve of #Barack Talk, a State of the Union watch party and discussion event in Washington, D.C., panelist Dee-1 recorded this video message to help spread the word about why casting your ballot still matters:

About #BarackTalk:

On Tuesday, January 24, AllHipHop.com will partner with national non-profit organization, The League Of Young Voters Education Fund and Rock The Vote for the second annual #BarackTalk, a State of the Union round table discussion and watch party. The event will broadcast live from Busboys and Poets, one of our capitol’s cultural hotspots, at 5th and K in Washington, D.C. at 7:30 p.m. EST.

#BarackTalk will kick off with a series of panel discussions about the biggest issues facing Millennial before the 2012 presidential election. The party begins when President Barack Obama starts his fourth State of the Union address, and will conclude with analysis and discussion by some of the best and brightest minds in entertainment and politics.

Panelists include Goldie Taylor, leading news correspondent at TheGrio.com (MSNBC); Chuck Creekmur, influential urban entertainment journalist and co-founder of AllHipHop.com; Andreas Hale of TheWellVersed.com; rappers Dee-1 and Rhymefest; Shaheem Reid, Editor-At-Large of XXL; and Michael Skolnick, Political Director of GlobalGrind.com.

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  • rep87

    THIS SO TRUE BUT AS USUAL SOME DUMB AZZ IS GOING 2 SPEAK OF NOT VOTING I HATE WE HAVE SO MANY ILL INFORM PEOPLE OUT HERE TODAY / JUST VOTE MANY DIED FOR THIS RIGHT YOU SHOULD HAVE THE DECENCY 2 CARRY THIS RIGHT AND ENCOURAGE MANY OTHERS TO VOTE AS WELL

    • Too bad the system rigged though.  Doesn’t matter who is the president, they still do what they’re told at the end of the day. Think of it like a corporation with a c.e.o. Yea, ceo is the boss but even the ceo answers to the board of directors.  If they don’t like what that ceo is doing or trying to do then he will be JFK’d. 

    • VBlock Dutch

      I tend to agree with you ….. until the last couple of years. I’d say 50% of Americans vote without doing any research whatsoever. They vote based on how cute, or how the last debate went, previous actions not withstanding. I AM BEGINNING TO SUPPORT A NEW MIND SET THAT SUGGESTS TESTING ON THE ISSUES THEY WOULD LIKE TO SEE IN PLACE AND BASED ON THE RESULTS, THEIR VOTE IS AUTOMATICALLY ASSIGNED….. OOOWWW! RADICAL
      The only sane choice in this upcoming election is the incumbent, our current PREZ

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  • I’ll say what buddy didn’t say….. vote Obama 2012 or don’t vote at all.

  • dadudewhostoocool

    are you guys serious? obama is the worst president. ever. you know hes training 3,000 people with IT skills so they can get jobs? in southeast asia. no trying to get jobs on our shores. instead he sends them off. not too mention invading libya without congress approval. not to mention this state of the union address was the exact same as last years. copy paste repeat regurgitate. wake up people. please. dont put in another president who thinks about the banks. which he does. being that his top 4 campaign contributors are JP Morgan, Chase, Bank of America and some other “too big to fail” bank. Ron Paul 2012.

    • AlbertoRipRon

      You have to be white.  George Bush couldn’t even form a correct sentence.  And you say Barack was the worst?  So he just so happened to beat out Nixon by a landslide?  GTFOH with this shit…

    • White boy no question about it.

    • VBlock Dutch

      What hole do you have your head up?  R u serious with these comments? You better take another look at your facts …. unless you’ve mistaken Obama’s record with Mitt Romney. Sheesh!

  • Naim Brixx Quaterman

    We ,ust get out and vote… But Obama is aprt of a bigger agenda that we don not see on the surface of it… With or without our votes he will be in there again.. No question…

  • mahogani

    I’m glad Young America is taking the time to inform themselves (most anyway) for the upcoming election.  No matter who you vote for …. Shoutout to DEE-1 for being a voice to and for Young America!

  • I couldn’t agree with this brother more. The hip-hop community better get their fans to the polls! It’s do or die. It’s no vote left behind!