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Cool Politics

Wassup! gets political

On the eve of what is perhaps the most important US presidential election in a generation, the blogosphere is buzzing with commentary and prognostication. At 4080Records we’ve been following the race since the primaries, when it seemed inevitable that Clinton and Giuliani would be the candidates on tomorrow’s ballot. It has been a long and, honestly, exhausting two years. Tomorrow, once the results are tabulated and Obama is (hopefully) declared the 44th President, we will be relieved not only because Americans will have redeemed themselves, but also because the campaign is finally over and the constant barrage of poll numbers and punditry will have mercifully ceased.

Until then, check out this powerful video, starring (what looks like) the dudes from Budweiser’s classic ‘Wassup!’ ads:


Common makin’ that paper

HipHopDX.com is reporting that Forbes has released their top hip hop cash kings of 2008.  The top is no real surprise, 50, Jay-Z, and Diddy.  This is the first time 50 has won, but it mainly has to do with that massive Vitamin Water sponsorship thing with Coca Cola.

The real news is our boy Common.  He’s made the list and is actually tied for 12th of the biggest earners in hip hop in 2008.  He may have only banked $12 milion (small potatoes compared to Jay-Z’s $82 million), but to put it in perspective that’s more than Jermaine Dupri made this year.

It’s kind of nice to see a good ol’ underground emcee starting to make some big money.  Frankly, I was a little bit surprised that our boy the Mighty Mos Def didn’t make it anywhere near the list.  I figured after a couple of tours and a big movie or two (Be Kind Rewind), he would have made a bigger splash.  But hey, at least someone made it!