When Republican party chairman Michael Steele said "We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on princip
When Republican party chairman Michael Steele said "We want to convey that the modern-day GOP looks like the conservative party that stands on principles. But we want to apply them to urban-suburban hip-hop settings," was this what he had in mind?
I met the world's first self-proclaimed "Republican rapper" on the second day of the 2009 Conservative Political Action Conference. He is Hi-Caliber, a former construction worker from New Jersey who told me that after just 10 minutes of listening to right-wing radio shock jock Michael Savage ranting about "Islamofascism" and illegal immigration, his "whole views on the world changed." Now Hi-Caliber records inspired battle anthems against President Barack Obama, who he denounces as a "socialist in the White House;" he attacks Nancy Pelosi as "phony baloney;" assails the liberal media; calls for a border fence; and warns darkly of the Fairness Doctrine.
Now, political music is a slippery slope; the subtlety and nuance that give class and listenability to a great song often exist at the expense of the message. Indeed, anyone who's dabbled in protest music can attest to the fact that a "What's Goin' On" or a "For What It's Worth" doesn't come easy.
Still, as long as Hi-Caliber finds his inspiration listening to Michael Savage, and clearly NOT the hip-hop stations where Nas and B.I.G. could teach him a thing or two about flow, the G.O.P.'s new hip-hop revolution will be led by an MC who finds it reasonable to rhyme "Conservative" with "Jersey Kid".
From this Monday's America's Newsroom on Fox, Brit Hume told host Bill Hemmer that the Republicans shouldn't be worrying about whether voting against an immigration bill will cost them support from Hispanic voters, but doubling down on their old white guy strategy instead: