2008 Convention Bound
posted by August 18 at 14:45 PMon
At this moment next week, The Stranger will have three writers at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, bringing you all the drama, delegate intrigue, and free-booze-fueled pontificating that we can fit on the internets.
That, I believe, will be more writers than any other Seattle publication will have in Denver—but hey, it’s a heavy burden being Seattle’s Only Newspaper™ and we’re happy to do our part.
So who’s going? Yours truly, along with Charles Mudede (who will be keeping a close Marxist eye on all the bourgeoise attempts to trick the common man) and Annie Wagner (who will be keeping a close almost-an-Obama-delegate eye on the Washington State delegation and its coterie of die-hard Hillary supporters).
For the moment, however, we’re still reveling in having been granted entry to the convention by the esteemed Executive Committee of Correspondents of the Congressional Periodical Press Galleries, which controls convention access for alt-weeklies such as this one. We’re also conducting a three-day crash course on meeting the requirements that we “dress in professional attire” and adhere to a strict set of rules and regulations.
While we prepare ourselves, please enjoy the first installment in a Slog series I’m going to call Post-Primary Flashback. A lot has been written about this election, in our pages and on our blog, since Obama (finally) wrapped up the nomination in June. While we hurtle toward the next big plot point, the convention, it seems worth recapping what’s been said since the last moment when everyone was paying attention.
Here, then, is Mr. Mudede considering the coming of “The First Hiphop President” and how hiphop, oddly, missed the boat.
The fact is, hiphop, at a mainstream level, did not see Obama coming, and this might be a sign of its age or its loss of relevance. From 50 Cent to RZA, support famously went to Hillary Clinton’s run at the office. Hiphop missed the future. This is strange because the reputation hiphop has enjoyed for three decades is being the art that’s ahead of the rest, that’s breaking down the old and building the new.