News: Common Speaks On President Obama's Rap Impact, "The Whole Chain Shining & Rim Era Is Gone" [Video]

Thursday, Sep 24, 2009 10:00AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Rapper-turned-actor Common recently spoke on President Barack Obama's impact on the rap game and said the nation's first black president has sparked a more mature breed of emcees.

Common said Barack's appointment as president has encouraged less violent rap lyrics.

"I also don't find as much gangsta talk," Common explained in an interview. "You see the whole chain-shining-and-rim era is gone. That's like super-played out. Just to have that, I think, is part of the Obama effect...So you find these artists that are having that independent thinking of being able to go out and create for themselves." (Gawker)

He previously touched on Barack being a reminder to emcees to switch up their content.

"I think hip-hop artists will have no choice but to talk about different things and more positive things, and try to bring a brighter side to that because, even before Barack, I think people had been tired of hearing the same thing," he said in a December interview. (CNN)

Diddy became emotional as he reacted to the induction of President Obama last January and also explained how he was motivated to become "greater."

"I just wanted to share with y'all some feelings that I have -- some real, like, personal feelings," Diddy said in a vlog post. "One of the most beautiful things about this situation and Barack Obama is it's even had me reflect on myself. It's even had me talk to myself and say, 'I can be greater, I could do more, I could give more, I could have even more of a positive impact.' And I can help more people. I think we should all push ourselves to that point. That's really deep that there's someone out there that inspires me like that...I feel blessed that I'm able to see this moment...I'm on Team Obama, I'm on Team USA, I'm on Team Black America -- I want to be greater than I am right now. And I want you to be greater. I want us to be greater." (Diddy Blog)

Upon winning the election in November 2008, various artists shared their reactions including Kanye West, Usher and Ludacris.

"Look at what happens when people come together for a common goal," Luda wrote in a statement. "I am proud to be alive to witness this and I'm relishing in the moment, but we've only just begun...." (SOHH)

Check out Common's interview below:

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