What Mainstream rappers and Hillary Clinton have in common
1. Both win because of a rigged system:
The wikileaks emails uncovered how the DNC actually were not acting as neutral as they publicly claimed, favoring Clinton over Bernie Sanders. Sanders supporters knew something was fishy but what really could they do about it other than make their candidate the one who would consistently poll double digits higher than Donald Trump in a general election. Didn’t matter — the candidacy went to Clinton.
It’s also been public knowledge for decades that record labels are in bed with the big radio conglomerates through payola. Labels find a way to unethically and illegally trade cash for airplay regardless of how many fans call in and request a song. Eliot Spitzer, the shamed New York Attorney General, investigated this and uncovered that tens of millions of dollars were spent annually by the big labels to secure radio play to break artists. So if an artist has a record deal with one of the major labels, that artist has access to the shady radio play that has been directly linked to an artists popularity and boosts in record sales. It’s a shitty system that locks out access from independent labels and artists but no one has really challenged that system with much success.
2. Few people actually like them.
Hillary Clinton is one of the most disliked Presidential candidates ever. Not just of this decade or something…EVER. While true blue democrats are able to stomach her candidacy to “beat Donald Trump”, the democratic party has created a huge divide between themselves and their progressive wing.
A look at all the memes about this year’s XXL Freshman list is a microcosm of not just how people view the talent level of the new artists but also how great the divide is between “Urban Rap” and “Hip Hop” communities. Certainly these artists do have fans and they are vocal and supportive, but there isn’t a movement of mass support from the people so much as there is mass support from far reaching media outlets.
3. The general public accepts them mostly for lack of knowing what’s out there.
As mentioned in #2, Clinton is widely disliked and her non-supporters have good reason. That’s not to say there aren’t genuine fans of Hillary — there most certainly are and they too have their reasons but as often referred, if people actually took the time to find out what her history and track record looks like one could argue it’s checkered, at best. But it’s also safe to argue that most people, for various reasons, do not conduct research for themselves and take what’s thrown at them as gospel. If they did do their own research they may find that maybe it’s not so much they dislike Hillary but they can throw their support to a candidate that more closely meets their ideals. (Also assuming they don’t fall for the fear mongering)
The number of casual music fans outweigh those hardcore music junkies. We all know one or two guys who stays at the record shop, is up on all the new releases weeks and months before they come out but we all know multiple people who are comfortable with getting their music handed to them through the media. Sure they may visit a music blog or something but for them the new music experience comes from a friend or hearing a song on the (rigged and bought) corporate radio. If those individuals were somehow made aware of new music or if corporate radio opened up their playlists, we’d have a wider spectrum of choices to support as fans.