Members of NY’s hip-hop community say urban issues aren’t being addressed and are looking to form their own party line for the coming state elections.
New York’s hip-hop community has reportedly been eying a new political party line on ballot and wants Busta Rhymes or LL Cool J to run for governor in the coming state elections.
According to NY Daily News, the line would be called the New American Party and is being pushed by Jineea Butler, founder of the Hip Hop Union and a Republican congressional candidate against Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-Manhattan).
Butler said she’s spoken to Busta Rhymes about potentially running for governor on the line, but he has not committed. She also reached out to LL Cool J, but has not heard back.
Assisting in the effort is Eric Barrier, of Eric B. & Rakim.
“We’re looking for somebody that can energize the vote so we can clear the 50,000 votes (needed to secure a guaranteed ballot line the next four years) and someone who resonates with millennials and young folks,” Butler said.
“We’re juggling a bunch of candidates we can look at from the hip hop community,” she added. “Hip hop changed the world 40, 45 years ago when it started. It just gave people an absolute freedom of speech. We want to use that same principle with a strong agenda that addresses economic disparity and prosperity-driven initiatives.”
Another likely candidate could be Ja Rule. After all, he did join in protest of NYC public housing alongside NYCHA residents earlier this year. It makes one wonder if a hip-hop heavyweight would take on this political responsibility. It also makes one wonder if Ja Rule will come to the rescue. Where is Ja?
Ivie is a Nigerian-American, native New Yorker, and journalist covering culture. Usually on-air, on deadline, and on point. @ivieani