Barack Obama Talks Hip Hop
The presidential nominee appreciates entrepreneurialism...
Barack Obama recently spoke to MTV about culture, more importantly Hip Hop culture!
The presidential nominee of the Democratic Party has already stated that he listens to a bit of Jay-Z and Kanye West on his iPod, but now the political figure speaks a little more about the appreciation he has for the business and potential positive impact the music can have.
MTV News in the US spoke to Obama and asked him how he felt about the huge amount of support he has had from the industry.
"I enjoy it, but these days I don't have the time to listen to it all the time," he said.
"I'm a little older than hip-hop culture," he added. "I was there at the beginning, but I was already getting older. ... What I've appreciated, watching this hip-hop generation, is to see how entrepreneurial they've been. In the past, musicians oftentimes were commodities.
They were just shuffled around. Obviously, they did well, but they didn't have the vision to say, 'I'm going to build a business. I'm going to build my own studio. I'm going to create my own production operations.' I think they're a lot more sophisticated than in the past, and that is a wonderful thing."
"What I'm starting to see is them stretching out more and thinking about social responsibility and how they can impact the culture in a positive way," he said. "And I hope that continues."
MTV also asked Mr Obama who he thought was the greatest rapper of all time, as you would expect he laughed, saying...
"Oh no, I'm not going to get caught up in all that,"