After last week’s announcement of President Barack Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize, SOHH spoke with rap mogul Master P to find out his reaction.
The No Limit Records founder said the president’s achievement has motivated him to pursue bigger goals in his life.
“Oh man, that’s like the greatest thing as far as being an African American and watching your president, and he’s African American, it just makes you feel proud,” P explained. “He motivates me, he helps me understand the changes I made in my life and he gives me even more hope that I can do better. I can conquer Corporate America now. I can build a legacy now to where I want people to remember me for being the next [BET founder] Bob Johnson to being a part of African American media and my goals are so big that it makes me realize I can reach them. Having an African American president and having him win an award as he’s won right now, it’s incredible. It definitely gives me hope and allows me to tell my kids ‘You can be president’ and be proud to say it because African American people can reach that. It’s reachable now.” (SOHH)
Busta Rhymes also shared his reaction to Barack’s monumental win.
“It feels great,” Busta said about Obama winning the award. “Everything about Barack Obama, since he’s been brought to the awareness level of the people, the politician has been great to me. I ain’t really see him make a wrong chess move yet. And I ain’t looking forward to him making a wrong chess move but so many right chess moves he has made, we leave room for error. So if he made one, he get a pass on that. He ain’t made one yet as far as I’m concerned. Everything feels like it’s growing, getting better and it’s going in a direction that we want it to go in.” (Hip Hollywood)
Rap newcomer Asher Roth revealed an opposing opinion on Barack’s achievement.
“Didn’t know you could win the peace prize by just talking sh*t…,” he wrote on Twitter last week. “I’m all for “hope” and “progress” but people have been dedicating their lives for peace – actions speak louder than words – my opinion only…@Cpetty281 I disagree, I think change starts at the basement level – change starts with us, the people – were being manipulated Has nothing to do with “Obama” and everything to do with the “Peace Prize” – change starts with us, the people – who’s gon wake up first? Seek truth.” (Asher Roth’s Twitter)
Barack was recognized for his international efforts last Friday (October 9) morning.
Barack Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday in a stunning decision that honored the first-year U.S. president more for promise than achievement and drew both praise and skepticism around the world. The Norwegian Nobel Committee praised Obama for “his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples,” citing his fledgling push for nuclear disarmament and his outreach to the Muslim world. Obama, a Democrat who took office as the first black U.S. president in January, has been widely credited with improving America’s global image. (Reuters)
Check out Master P speaking with SOHH about President Obama’s win below: