All 2 Chainz may want for his birthday is a “big booty h-.” In real life, off wax, he’s passionate about felons reinstating their right to vote. Don’t you love when celebrities use their influence for a greater cause? And 2 Chainz being somewhat political tickles our fancy. Nearly 20 million Americans are convicted felons, including this dreadlocked rhyme spitter. Five million of those felons cannot vote, but of the remaining 15 million who can, only one in five actually do. Insert the “No Lie” rapper to the rescue.
Partnering with Respect My Vote 2 Chainz speaks directly to felons about his own experiences and walks them through the step-by-step process of getting their rights back to vote. “As a felon you somewhat become disenfranchised,” said the Georgia rapper. “You don’t have a say so over what goes on in your own personal community.” He’s ecstatic to be able to use his platform to spread the word. In ’08 he found out he could vote although he’d been a convicted felon since he was 15. Now he’s reaching back to let others who have experienced similar circumstances that their vote counts. “Your opinion–it matters. We need to hear you.” If there’s ever been one time he “ain’t never told no lie,” it’s this. Much respect.
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