Election Day is finally here! There were seemingly endless months of commentary, satire, parodies and intense arguments with loved ones that made it seem like you were choosing sides for the American Civil War instead of a president. But that’s over, because today We The People cast our ballots for red, blue, green or Honey Boo Boo! Stave off that voting postpartum with five politically charged music videos that celebrate your new-found surge of political empowerment – which, let’s be honest, will go hibernate the next two to four years in some of us.
The Blackeyed Peas – “Where Is The Love”
The 2003 chart-topper crossed B.E.P. over into the pop world and introduced us to Fergie. But The Black Eyed Peas didn’t just milk their new level of fame. They used the popularity of the hit to address global social injustices like war, pollution and intolerance in the music video.
There’s More! Black Eyed Peas, Dixie Chicks, John Lennon after the jump.
Even with the likes of Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan in attendance at this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner, it was Young Jeezy, aka the Snowman, that President Obama shouted out during his pre-written comedic speech. Videos of President Obama’s smooth voice carrying the tune of Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” spread like wildfire on the Internet back in January, but over the weekend, the President proved again that he is in touch with today’s hip-hop community. “In my first term I sang Al Green,” the president said in the below clip from CBS News. “In my second term, I’m going with Young Jeezy.”
We’re not sure everyone in the audience caught the reference. But of course, in the ultimate cool moment of all time, Mr. President’s wife knew exactly what her husband meant. President Obama mentioned that “Michelle said, ‘Yeah’ when he joked about singing Jeezy in his second term. “I sing that to her sometimes,” he added. Are they not the cutest couple ever?
Jeezy responded on Twitter after getting word of the President’s nod:
Woman Tattoos Kanye West On Her Butt
How would you prove your undying love to Kayne West? One fan not only legally changed her name to Kanyeresa West, but she has two tattoos: “Kanye” on her arm, and “Kanye West” where the sun don’t shine. You have to watch this video of her talking. [Complex]
Must Watch Video Of The Day Featuring Mark Ronson, Erykah Badu and Yasiin Bey
If you only watch one video today make it the clip for “A La Modeliste,” the Mark Ronson-led track featuring Erykah Badu, Yasiin Bey (Mos Def), Trombone Shorty and members of the Dap-Kings. [Prefix]
We are addicted to “Barack Obama-sistible,” this amazing parody of all the good, bad and ridiculous campaign music videos haunting the Web these days. The band is Detroit Octane, fronted by longtime Late Night with Conan O’Brien writer and performer Jon Glaser (creator/star of our fave web series, Tiny Hands) The band’s musically mocked Mike Huckabee as well, to the tune of Wham’s “Everything She Wants.” We can only imagine what kind of genius Clinton and McCain will inspire.
We’d suggest DMX collaborate with Detroit Octane, but he doesn’t seem to be following the campaign AT ALL. In an interview with XXL the rapper reveals that he’s not just oblivious to our country’s current political saga, he’s never even heard of Barack Obama.
XXL: Are you following the presidential race?
DMX: Not at all.
XXL: You?re not? You know there?s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there?s Hillary Clinton.
DMX: His name is Barack?!
XXL: Barack Obama, yeah.
DMX: What the f*ck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?