Shyne has been known to be critical of the president, but marks Obama’s re-election as a chance at breaking out of a partisan agenda, and bringing about change.
Even though he’s a Mitt Romney supporter, and is not yet allowed back in the U.S. —but vowed to return “with or without” President Obama— the 34-year-old approves of the commander in chief receiving a second turn, but says that there’s still work to be done—mainly on the subjects of having a female president, and education, the latter of which can be done with the help of Jay-Z.
“I’m happy in the sense of ‘Okay its four more years, there’s no excuse,” he tells Hip-Hop Wired of Obama’s election win. “He can pull out all the stops and he can go in. I’d really like to see President Obama do more than just execute the democratic machine’s agenda. When you look at Obamacare and a lot of things that are done, it wasn’t really Obama’s vision, it wasn’t what he believed in passionately. The democratic machine has an agenda, with or without Obama.”
In his eyes, the next four years under the Obama administration should be a “throwback to the Clinton era” when “people in power” worked to bring about a Black president. But he’d also like to see the president pave the way for another group to one day take office. “I’d like to see Obama ensure that there’ll be a day where there will be a woman president. Let’s not get carried away in the euphoria of us seeing such a ground breaking thing [America’s first black president] take place, and then forget about the continuing struggle of those still in the inner city, [that] still don’t have opportunity.”
Following in the sentiments of New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly, Shyne believes that the president should also do something about the gun violence in Chicago, and use education as a tool to steer young people away from the dangers of street life. “I really don’t feel that job is done. Education is a major part of that, education in the inner cities is a major part of that. I’d like to see the first lady and the president do more, especially in Chicago where there’s so much genocide,” he continues. “The same way he called Jay-Z to come to Ohio and get him elected, I’d like to see him call on Jay-Z to go to Chicago and say ‘You know what guys? We gotta’ get on our education thing.’ I’d like to see him use Hip-Hop to get these kids focused on education, and on a sure route to longtime success, not just [by getting into] Hip-Hop or a [having a good] jump shot.”
**Continued on page 2.
MORE ON HIP-HOP WIRED!