Rap Legends Convening for Carson’s Hip Hop & Politics Primer

Posted September 17, 2013 at 4:37pm

As part of his contribution to the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual legislative conference (being held Wednesday through Saturday), Rep. André Carson will spitball with rap luminaries about the best ways to transform music fans into full-fledged political activists.

(Courtesy André Carson's office)
(Courtesy André Carson's office)

“We’re gonna talk about how the hip hop generation can be a driving force for change in the political sphere,” Carson spokeswoman Lauren Burke told HOH of the former battle emcee’s plan to usher urban youth to the table.

The Indiana Democrat will be joined in his recruiting efforts by Darryl McDaniels of Run-DMC, pioneering female rapper MC Lyte, and Hank Shocklee, producer for the politically charged rap group Public Enemy. Political players the Rev. Lennox Yearwood, president of the Hip Hop Caucus; Michael Skolnik, president of Global Grind; and Angela Rye, president of IMPACT Strategies will round out the “Hip Hop & Politics” discussion scheduled to take place Friday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center (Room 202B).

Carson hosted a similar event in 2011, and his staff said he looks forward to addressing everything that’s on the minds of African-American youth today.

“I’m sure we’ll talk about stand your ground and Trayvon Martin,” Burke said.