“We so elated, we celebrated like Obama waited until his last day in office to tell the nation, brothers is getting their reparations. Hey, a man can dream, can’t he?”
We’ve said this before, but President Obama has embraced hip-hop like no other president or national politician in history. In turn, hip-hop artists have supported him from stumping with him during election season, to shouting him out in songs. The latest is J. Cole, who will perform at a Democratic National Convention Fundraiser that will take place in Austin, TX during the first day of SXSW. President Obama will make an appearance as a special guest at the event.
The event isn’t associated with the annual music festival, but will be hosted by Austin-based tech innovator Whurley and Grammy winner will.i.am. The event is a fundraiser so tickets will be expensive, will general admission going for $250. If your bands have the bandwith, you can even co-host the event with Whurley and the Black Eyed Peas front man for the small price of $33,400.
J. Cole has come a long way from letting Nas down. Since he released his strongest album 2014 Forest Hills Drive, he’s connected with his rabid fanbase throught organic, grassroots, campaigns, and followed them with increasingly larger moves including a documentary, an HBO special, and now gracing the same stage as President Barack Obama. I wonder if the kid from Fayetteville, NC to whom Cole speaks and refers in Forest Hills Drive would have ever dreamed that hip-hop would take him this far.