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The above picture was taken at a gas station in my hometown of Washington, DC. As I contemplated how long it would take to commute to downtown DC on a skateboard, I shuddered at the thought of prices rising even higher during the approaching summer. With the economy still in turmoil, and the national unemployment rate still hovering around nine percent, the added financial stress of the skyrocketing prices of fuel could prove to be the proverbial straw that breaks the SUV’s back for millions of American households. Believe it or not, some of the affected households are inhabited by your favorite emcees.
In support of their #GasIsTo0DamnHigh (Jimmy Mac would be proud link) movement, The League of Young Voters Education Fund spoke with Kendrick Lamar, Mistah F.A.B., Planet Asia, 9th Wonder, E-40 and hip-hop’s favorite deity, Lil B about how the recent spike in gas prices has affected them personally. Contrary to what many of them would have you believe, most rappers are not millionaire jetsetters who are unaffected by the current recession. They too feel the pain at the pump. I don’t know about you, but I’m going to sleep better tonight knowing that the Based God probably shakes the gas nozzle to get that last precious drop of petroleum into his spaceship when he fills up. Swag.