Rap veteran Q-Tip, Rhymefest, Jasiri X and more shared their minute-to-minute thoughts on Tuesday night’s State of the Union address.
Instead of narrowing in on one topic, Q-Tip placed his attention on a variety of critical matters President Barack Obama touched on.
“Yo we like the mighty Thor ! We America! Why u actin like u don’t know this!? #SOTU”
“U see how weather is changing n shit? Yoo it’s wild we can be a wrap if we don’t get our mind right god! #SOTU”
“We some wasteful muthaf*ckas! Turn off the lights if u ain’t in the room! F*c wrong wit u! #SOTU”
“Yo n that minimum wage shit is bananas … Fuck is we doing? We America! That shit is un-us! #SOTU”
“We gonna give afghans some burners n shit an keep trying to push through that piece! #SOTU”
“Some y’all in Florida n Virginia was doing y’all people dirty on the vote jump off! Fuc all that I’m regulation’ dat! #SOTU”
“NRA is finished y’all!!!!! #SOTU”
“I’m out y’all I love this president shit! I’m real good at it! PEEEEACE!#SOTU” (Q-Tip’s Twitter)
Outspoke Chicago rapper Rhymefest shared his thoughts and also engaged in debates with his Twitter followers over Tuesday’s State of the Union address.
“Hmm? Barack briefly speaks on fatherhood, is child support reform coming soon! #SOTU,” Fest tweeted.
“@thorNation courts have further distanced & hurt some relationships between mothers fathers & children our community needs another way”
“@thorNation my suggestion is a community mediator group that assist couples before court comes into the picture” (Rhymefest’s Twitter)
East Coast hip-hop artist Jasiri X encouraged his fans via social platforms to speak out.
“We live on #BarackTalk speaking on violence in the community & the State of the Union at http://youngvoterlive.com”
“Mr President, Don’t Forget About The Hood http://youtu.be/zZvkFdDli3U #SOTU” (Jasiri X’s Twitter)
Although not as engaged on Twitter, hip-hop artist Janelle Monae acknowledged the annual event.
“The State of the Union like you’ve never seen it before:@barackobama http://on.wh.gov/U7xPj5U Tune in NOW:http://on.wh.gov/Th4GGN0 #SOTU” (Janelle Monae’s Twitter)
During his televised address, President Obama tackled popular topics including unemployment and bringing soldiers back home to the United States.
“We have cleared away the rubble of crisis, and we can say with renewed confidence that the state of our union is strong,” Obama said in an hour-long address to a joint session of Congress and a television audience of millions. Yet with unemployment persistently high and consumer confidence falling, the economy remains a vulnerability for Obama and could disrupt his plans for pursuing a broader agenda, including immigration overhaul, stricter gun laws and climate change legislation. Obama also announced new steps to reduce the U.S. military footprint abroad, with 34,000 American troops withdrawing from Afghanistan within a year. And he had a sharp rebuke for North Korea, which launched a nuclear test just hours before his remarks, saying, “Provocations of the sort we saw last night will only isolate them further.” (Huffington Post)
He also dedicated time to speak on additional topics including immigration and gun control.
Immigration — Obama set “a responsible pathway to earned citizenship” for illegal immigrants but offered little detail on how that would translate for the estimated 11 million undocumented people in the country. The route to legal status, he said, would require applicants to pass legal background checks, pay back taxes and learn English before taking their place in line behind others who have applied to legally move to America. Gun Control — With shooting victim Gabby Giffords on one side and pro-gun fanatic Ted Nugent on the other — and a weeklong California manhunt for a rogue former LAPD officer coming to a climactic end in the hours leading up to the speech — Obama’s overture on gun control was long in coming, unspoken till the very end of the hour-long address. (The Star)