6inchvinyl is a blog about music and my love for true artists, but I am allowed to go off on a tangent once in a while. I am the person who watches the Cosby Show and aspires to be just like Cliff and Claire. While me and my spouse won’t be a doctor or lawyer – at least from what I can predict – we will have a cohesive family. That’s not the point though. The Cosbys are, in my opinion, television’s ideal Black family. Successful. Loving. Inspirational. And the parents are “parents” vs. being the children’s friends. While America has seen the Cosbys as a family to look up to, there is now another family on the scene that is equally comparable: Michelle, Barack, Malia Ann, and Natasha Obama. We can all admit Barack would not be who he is if Michelle wasn’t by his side! You may immediately say, “NO! That’s not true.” Ok, then. Think if Barack was married to a White woman……………..silence……………..I rest my case. No offense to any of my readers who are White, but Barack wouldn’t be the same. I think the youth needs to see more real-life, Black, highly educated families who are conquering their dreams. We are about to have a Black president! Twenty years ago, no one would have ever dreamed this to be a reality. The excuse of White people holding you back is no longer applicable. Now is the time to get up and make a CHANGE! PLEASE educate the youth around you who may not realize the opportunities that await them. For young males specifically, inform them of www.forrealsolutions.com, an online community built by Obama’s classmate Hill Harper who feels very strongly about creating a positive movement within the African American community. Today is the day. If there is something you aspire to do. Start! While I stop!…writing that is
August 29, 2008
August 13, 2008
It is AMAZING to me how we have decided who our President is and not a single citizen has voted. So many artists endorse Barack Obama and support his campaign. Even millionaires feel the strain on the economy and are looking for the chage Obama promises. This new series is dedicated to those songs that give a shout out to our soon-to-be President, Barack Obama…Not to mention the song that opens this series, Crazy World by Young Jeezy, is hot as fire! Obama count on 6iv=2 (including a previous post Something’s Gotta Give by Mary J. Blige and Big Boi)
August 2, 2008
by Big Boi ft. Mary J. Blige: I consider myself a member of the “Youth in America” and there are a few times when I am exposed to songs that share a real message, being the reason hip-hop was originated. I like tracks that intend to make a change and inspire individuals to do something. What a better time than with the 2008 presidential election? Several artists are showing their support of Barack Obama, which I believe is untraditional. I’m not sure if it is because he is an African American or because the artists believe in Obama’s power to change (I actually believe it’s both), but there is substantial influence in an artist’s support of a candidate. I do not remember any artists including John Kerry in any tracks, and Bill Clinton was only mentioned in music after his tenure. Issues that affect Americans hinder everyone, from the homeless to millionaires. The country is in a serious state of emergency. So what if Ludacris informs his listeners to “Get out and vote [for Barack] or the end will be near?” It’s the truth! Big Boi and Mary created a similar meaningful track with less harsh lyrics. EVERYONE needs to hear this song!
July 14, 2008
by DMX ft. Seal: The Game had a recent interview that ended with him crying as he detailed his feelings about the current state of hip-hop. He said he felt like he belonged in hip-hop during the genre’s earlier days when artists like Public Enemy, N.W.A. and Queen Latifah rapped about causes and weren’t afraid to be vocal….DMX and Seal must have heard his request and produced the song I Wish. The song details things that both individuals would like to change in their lives and change in America. Personally, I like the track as a first single and I applaud the artists’ attempt to make a noteworthy song. I felt that way until I heard the line “I am wishing Bill Clinton would return, and I don’t care, let him get his nuts sucked through the whole term.” What is it with nuts these days? Jesse Jackson is trying to cut off Barack’s and then for Bill’s to be mentioned in this song. Is it possible to make a great song without being offensive?