In hip-hop, there is more to recognize than just the music. The Hip Hop Caucus, founded in 2004, is a non-partisan organization headed by ‚ÄúHip Hop Rev‚ÄĚ Lennox Yearwood Jr. The purpose of this organization is to empower youth minority voters. Many celebrities have supported this mission, notably Sean ‚ÄúDiddy‚ÄĚ Combs and Russell Simmons with the 2004 ‚ÄúVote or Die‚ÄĚ campaign. Others include T.I. and Keyshia Cole who spearheaded the 2008 ‚ÄúRespect My Vote!‚ÄĚ campaign that helped spread awareness.
The upcoming presidential election should be no different. The Hip Hop Caucus has called on Atlanta‚Äôs own 2 Chainz to become a spokesperson for the campaign. He plans to engage the young people and minority votes by sharing his experiences and bringing positivity into their communities.
‚ÄúAs a youth offender, I spent much of my adult life feeling like I couldn‚Äôt participate in the democratic process. Like I had ruined my chances. It‚Äôs only recently that I learned that my voting rights could be reinstated. That meant me and many like me had rights we were unaware of. I joined the Hip Hop Caucus‚Äė ‚ÄúRespect my Vote!‚ÄĚ campaign to help inform and empower the minorities and disconnected of this country. And it isn‚Äôt just about felons. It‚Äôs young people, women, families. Voting effects our communities, schools, jobs. It‚Äôs important," he said.
Along with Chainz, the Hip Hop Caucus has enlisted Travis Porter and DJ Red Alert to help jumpstart this powerful campaign. As Rev. Yearwood stated, he hopes using hip-hop will help empower democracy in this country. Check out some photos above of everyone this past Memorial Weekend.