Rappers React To Obama
Nas records 'Election' song, Jay-Z remembers Martin Luther King & Kanye blogs...
Barack Obama made history early this morning, being elected as the first black president of the United States after defeating Republican leader John McCain.
New York rapper Nas is already one of the first to pen lyrics to celebrate the historic moment, and yesterday recorded a track entitled Election Night on Election night itself.
Nas is currently touring Europe with one of his producers, DJ Green Lantern, who told MTV:
"We were at dinner last night talking about how crazy it is that we're not in the states on Election Day...
Someone quoted his verse from Black President, when he said 'What's the Black Prez thinkin' on Election Night?"
Then Nas said, " 'Set up the mic I'm gonna speak on that.' " - and the result is Election Night.
On the new track, Nas says he plans to be at Obama's inauguration in January and also pays tribute to the newly elected president's grandmother who passed away without witnessing the truly historic moment.
In related news, speaking in Philadelphia before the victory, fellow New-Yorker Jay-Z spoke about Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks " telling supporters that the two icons paved the way for the new era:
"I need y'all to be really, really quiet for this. I need you to really understand what I'm telling you. Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther King could walk," the rapper said.
Martin Luther King walked so Obama could run. Obama's running so we all can fly."
Kanye West also pitched in - spreading the positive message, writing on his popular blog: "Hi Mom, Obama Won!"