Three weeks out from the election, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris have found a new way to pander for black votes. Instead of proposing plans to help black people, they chose to use rap music to try and harvest black votes.
Biden and Harris have joined forces with the Ultimate Rap League (URL) to push the importance of voting.
On October 13, the Biden-Harris campaign revealed the Ultimate Rap League Biden Get Out the Vote Battle Rap, which featured veteran MCs DNA and Charlie Clips. In the four minute campaign ad, the two artists rap about why it’s so important to vote in November. The video features DNA playing the part of a friend teaching Charlie Clips the importance of voting.
“So, when you tell me to go and vote, go and vote/Well, the reason why it’s such a hard one/’Cause how we expect our people to get jobs and the president can’t even get the job done,” Charlie Clips raps during the campaign ad.
The beginning of the ad takes place on a basketball court, but later transitions to the men standing in front of the White House.
“So, you think because you brought me here that I’m just supposed to confide in Biden?/What about the innocent Blacks that get snatched out of their car just for riding?/We don’t even ask for much/All we do is ask for respect/Before they did what they did to George Floyd/This country had they foot on our necks/Now, do you understand why I’m upset?” Clips raps.
“I feel you/’Cause every time we throw the system a uppercut, all they give us in return is low blows/But Biden and Harris got a plan to outlaw the chokehold/It’s inspiring/Donald Trump is The Apprentice/But now it’s our turn to do the firing,” DNA responds.
DNA, when speaking about his decision to participate in the campaign ad, states: “For me, I felt like it would be not only a positive thing, but also an impactful thing to use my talent and my words for a great cause, which is having everybody vote. Especially in these times with the president that we have right now…and everything that’s happening in 2020.”
Director of Strategic Communications for Biden for President Kamau Marshall said in a statement, “Our collaboration with the Ultimate Rap League is an example of how our campaign is taking innovative approaches to engage the diverse communities across the United States. These artists are influencers within their respective communities, and we’re thrilled to showcase their artistry while delivering a key message to voters about how a Biden-Harris administration would advance Black America.”
Here’s the pandering, cringe-inducing video: