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Outkast’s Big Boi Gets Political with “Sumthin’s Gotta Give”

After Ludacris’ Obama driven song spawned headlines last week, Outkast’s Antwan “Big Boi” Patton makes headlines of his own with his first single, the politically-themed “Sumthin’s Gotta Give” featuring Mary J. Blige, off his solo album, Sir Luscious Leftfoot … Son of Chico Dusty.

“I chose this song first because being in the game, I feel a responsibility to entertain but also lecture about life,” Big Boi told Billboard of his song which speaks out on universal health care, the recession, the war in Iraq, and the historical election. “I’d rather get people to vote instead of running to the strip club.”

In addition to tapping into the frustrations of today’s political climate, Big Boi’s music video also opens with a quote by the man who will hopefully take us out of the darkness, Barack Obama: “If you’re walking down the right path, and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”

One thought on “Outkast’s Big Boi Gets Political with “Sumthin’s Gotta Give”

  1. If the hip hop community plans to support Obama with their music, than this is a fine example as to how…the lyrics point to the difficult times while highlighting hope in an Obama presidency and then challenges the viewer to political action all in a non-threatening, classy package. Ludacris’ song, while a somewhat honest opinion that many people share, does not do Obama favors as it links him to a culture that many Americans fear.
    What Obama has done successfully thus far is show voters that he is a man that transcends racial divides. If hip hop artists throw their full support behind him, it will be interesting to see if it has any political effect and alters that voter’s perception.
    Maybe what needs to happen to balance this are Obama songs from artists like Cheryl Crow or Kenny Chesney.

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