Former Bad Boy Records rapper Shyne has unloaded a public campaign to get President Barack Obama‘s attention, asking the head of state to help fight local and global problems.
In a series of “Dear Obama” tweets, Shyne Po pleaded for the president to take action and even asked if he would consider leaning on rap mogul Jay-Z for a favor.
“Dear @BarackObama there has to be something the former US senator from Chicago can do for his former constituents! The genocide must stop,” he tweeted Sunday (January 13).
“Dear @BarackObama u must declare a state of emergency in Chicago! One of those bodies could’ve been you as a teenager! U now have the power”
“At least 18 murdered in Chicago within the first 10 days of the year — RT http://rt.com/usa/news/18-chicago-year-murder-812/ … @barackobama do something now!”
“Dear @BarackObama call Jay-z to fly his private plane Down to Chicago & u fly yours the same way u called in the stars to win Ohio#help”
“@barackobama I forgot u weren’t & impoverished inner city kid! U grew up in Kansas & Hawaii! U only play the ghetto card come election time!”
“My comrades in Chiraq need opportunity! They need education & hope! @barackobama declare a war on poverty! Declare a war on lackof education” (Shyne’s Twitter)
Last fall, the deported New York emcee questioned President Obama for not helping speed up his return to the United States.
Shyne has spent time in Belize, Paris and Jerusalem, but he has been unable to come back to the U.S., where he grew up and made a name for himself as a rap star. Po says Obama is well aware of his dilemma, noting that he and the POTUS share a mutual friend, Harvard Law professor Charles J. Ogletree. “He knows who I am, he knows what’s happenin’,” the rapper said of Obama. “He’s always talkin’ about he listens to hip-hop and his daughter listens to hip-hop. He knows who Shyne is, he knows I’m deported.” (MTV)
Despite his circumstance, the ex-convicted felon promised to be back sooner than later.
Whether he gets Barack’s help or not, the “That’s Gangsta” MC maintains that he should be returning to the U.S. shortly. “I should be in America in a couple of months. We working to try and get this visa,” he said. “Obama is playing games, he frontin’, he better do the right thing.” (MTV)
Recently, OutKast’s Big Boi defended his decision not to rock with the Republican or Democrat parties.
“Yes, I’m a Libertarian. I’m liberty, justice for all, liberty for all. I’m really pro-people, pro-freedom, and, you know, this is all about positivity. Like, you know, I have nothing against the president at all, you know, he’s a nice guy, but, it’s just, you know, the things that they’re standing on right now just didn’t agree with me. Anything that benefits the public and not just big banking, that’s what I’m with.” (Huff Post Live)