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Beats Per Millennium - Obama: hip hop generation is "entrepreneurial"

Obama: hip hop generation is "entrepreneurial"

From name-dropping Weezy to brushing off his shoulder like Jay, Barack Obama sure is black. But did you know he’s actually paying attention to hip hop culture, and has something positive and constructive to say about hip hop? VH1 reports…

“I’m a little older than hip-hop culture,” he said. “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.”

Boy, we’ve come a long way since “Cop Killer.”

Posted by Joe Kaiser at Sep 29, 2008 01:43 AM