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The Obama PhenomenonToward a Multiracial Democracy$
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Charles P. Henry, Robert L. Allen, and Robert Chrisman

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036453

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036453.001.0001

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Barack Obama’s Anomalous Relationship with the Hip-Hop Community

Barack Obama’s Anomalous Relationship with the Hip-Hop Community

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(p.218) Thirteen Barack Obama’s Anomalous Relationship with the Hip-Hop Community
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The Obama Phenomenon
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Shaun Ossei-Owusu

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036453.003.0014

This chapter examines the hip-hop community's relationship with Obama. The hip-hop community was generally supportive of Obama as the first prospective black president and an imagined emblem of hope and change, while Obama acknowledged the phenomenal power of hip-hop and admitted that he is a fan of distinguished contemporary artists in the genre. Adversely, hip-hop is highly skeptical and critical of government, and Obama has voiced disdain for the negative content and misogynist messages in hip-hop music. Now that Obama is elected, how will this anomalous relationship impact the collective posture of the hip-hop community? How will he communicate and approach the hip-hop community? Will the presence of Obama and his positive messages make the typical outlier of drug dealer passé and make it cool to be informed, articulate, and befittingly ambitious?

Keywords:   Barack Obama, hip-hop community, multiculturalism, black president, African Americans, blacks

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