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Music Politics

Hip hop and Politics at the DNC

Those of you following the Democratic National Convention in Denver may have noticed a couple of interesting guests lately.

Kanye’s probably the biggest name to grace the stage, at least in terms of commercial success.  But Wyclef and Pharrell are expected to make appearances as well.

It should prove to be interesting, to have hip hop artists alongside a lot of the other musicians who’ve been backing Obama.  The Black Eyed Peas are also making an appearance, but there’s no real surprise there after will.i.am’s Yes we can music videos.

We’ve been doing a lot to cover the tremendous influence music and hip hop has been having on this election.  You’ve seen everything from bands refusing to have their songs used as campaign songs, to Obama brushing the dirt off his shoulder.

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Common’s first single from Invincible Summer kind of sucks

I’m really quite sad to say this. We here at 4080 Records have been long time fans of Common.

You can remember by our last post that we were very hyped when Common announced he’d be dropping his new album Invincible Summer.

Maybe it’s just me, but I’m definitely not feeling the first single Universal Mind Control (U.M.C). It’s featuring Pharell so you knew he it had to have some sort of electro-influence. To me, it sounds like the bastard lovechild of bad house music and a basement mic session. There’s something just, off, about it.

The style is reminiscent of Common’s Electric Circus album. It’s got a clubbier sound to it, and definitely an electro-focus. And I completely understand he wants to push the envelope. I’m just not convinced it works in this particular case.

Check it out for yourself and let us know what you think.

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