From Brandon Perkins at URB.COM — Whatever happened to "real" debates? Back then, raw vernacular delivered rugged discourse. It was a battle. Not like the stuff on TV today. Every body says the same shit now. Where's the innovation? It's all too marketed, too many of the same damn talking points, too much business in the art of debate.
Kinda sounds like the lament for "real" hip-hop, huh? In celebration of the third and final Presidential Debate, URB.com put together the 10 best rap songs where the issues are addressed by the candidates. Most of these nominees just happen to rap.
Eminem ft. Dr. Dre, "Guilty Conscience" Issue: Family Values
From URB — The "Family Values" card has less weight in 2008 than it did in the previous two elections...being that money isn't worth anything anymore. But it still resonates with those undecided voters, especially after the liberal judges in Connecticut just let the gays marry. Eminem had a few issues with the gays, too. Here, he just rips his way through the Slim Shadyera platforms: poverty, statutory date rape jokes, and how Dre slapped Dee Barnes.
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