Former Bad Boy Records artist Shyne has fired a few shots toward President Barack Obama over his lack of tackling real life urban problems in poverty-stricken areas like Chicago.
Shyne pointed out the president’s publicized relationship with rap mogul Jay-Z as largely non-beneficial to people in the hip-hop community due to Jigga’s wealth.
“It breaks my heart to have a president that benefited, that profits from being an African or half African American. He profited from the Bill Clintons, the Civil Rights leaders, Martin Luther King — he profited from them because they were people, Caucasian, Jewish, African American, that fought to ensure that everybody would have an opportunity to succeed, that everybody would have equity, that kids in inner cities would be able to be educated and learn the value of life, about the value of morals, there’s people that fought for that. … I don’t see Obama doing that. Hov got half a billion, Hov don’t represent the 99 percent. So being cool with him don’t help us. It don’t help the sufferers, it don’t help the Southside of Chicago, that’s not enough. You got to go beyond that.” (Vlad TV)
Last month, Shyne Po publicly reached out to President Obama over Twitter and referenced his Jay connection.
“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” (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)
Earlier this week, President Obama addressed immigration and gun control, amongst other topics, in his televised State of the Union address.
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)
Check out Shyne’s interview: