Friday Face-Off: Michael Jackson vs. Eminem

by (@fdot415)

F*** yeah, America! It’s Friday and you know what that means. Time to exercise your freedom and vote for today’s Face-Off Music Video poll. The United States presidential election is nearly upon us. Practice making those tough decisions on November 6 (if you haven’t already voted early like the eager little patriots you are) by choosing between these politically charged clips: Michael Jackson‘s “They Don’t Really Care About Us” or Eminem‘s “Mosh.” Who gets your flag waving faster? Mull it over while we make a case for each.

Team Michael Jackson: Felicia Daniels, Associate Producer, VH1.com Music  (@fdot415)

“They Don’t Care About Us” – If there was ever a song to get you racing to the nearest polling place, this is it. With a driving beat that keeps time like a military march and a resounding chorus chant of “They don’t really care about us,” this HIStory tune sounds more like a battle cry for democracy than a SoundScan single. Paired with visuals of Michael Jackson in prison blues and handcuffs, dancing around pissed off inmates, The King of Pop easily takes this week’s face-off. You forgot “Black or White” and all its car bashing, crotch grabbing glory if you’re the least bit shocked he would release a video that so clearly pushes the First Amendment’s boundaries. As much as his music has us trying to moonwalk (you can’t, so please stop), MJ used his Pied Piper-like pull to trick us into thinking about important issues, too. His lyrics are laced with lines addressing social injustice and politics all while making us “hee hee” under our breath when we think no one’s listening. Show you’re still listening with your vote here and on Tuesday!

Team EminemChristina DeBiase, Intern, VH1.com Music  (@TINAcious_D)

“Mosh” – With Election Day right around the corner, this video has got me pumped to go out and vote. Eminem has always been a controversial rapper (remember his feuds with Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey, and Ja Rule to name a few?). But you’ve got to respect the guy for always saying what’s on his mind. This time around, he’s reaching out to young voters to make their voices heard. The takeaway of the video is clear in his message at the end, for the “future of our next generation to speak and be heard.” The militant video did not paint President Bush in the best light when it dropped in 2004 before the election, but it got plenty of people talking. Plus, the animation kicks some serious butt on top of being politically powerful. This video rocks and makes me want to ROCK THE VOTE right here and on Nov. 6th. Now it’s your turn to decide.