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Monday, August 18, 2008

Convention Bound

posted by on August 18 at 14:45 PM

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.

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Why is Obama holding a yellow cock? Isn't it Bush who's on his knees to the Chinese Government?

Posted by P to the J | August 18, 2008 3:13 PM

is there really enough news happening at the actual convention to merit sending three writers to denver rather than sitting in front of c-span all day?

please make the most of it and just go to all of the parties and report on those juicy details.

Posted by josh | August 18, 2008 3:28 PM

Hey, wow, something about the convention that won't suck a nut. Assuming we don't all get teargassed by the rent-a-cops from Colorado Springs, can I buy you guys a drink?

Posted by Sweeney Agonistes | August 18, 2008 3:30 PM

I have some fond memories of Sputnik when I lived in Denver, but that's because they didn't check IDs at the door, only at the bar, so I did some good underage drinking over there.

But it looks like Bruce is still doing AM Gold on Sunday nights- you should check that out, Bruce is a ridiculously fascinating person.

Posted by Abby | August 18, 2008 3:40 PM

Did I just read that someone thinks 50 Cent has political relevance?

Posted by FRUITCAKEpuppet | August 18, 2008 3:41 PM

Wait, that's Saturday nights. It's still neat, though.

Posted by Abby | August 18, 2008 3:42 PM

And here I thought hiphop was just an annoying fad that overstayed its welcome at least ten years ago. You learn something new every day.

Posted by whatevernevermind | August 18, 2008 3:57 PM

to the extent that it's still about thuggery and gettin' paid, Hip Hop
for Clinton makes sense.

Posted by Phoebe | August 18, 2008 4:33 PM

I thought 50 Cent said he has never voted and didn't think it was important.

Posted by elswinger | August 18, 2008 4:57 PM

Ow. @8 for the win.

Posted by Will in Seattle | August 18, 2008 5:25 PM

I still want to know why The Stranger uses "hiphop," rather than the more common "hip hop."

Serious question. Wondering what stylebook favors the former, rather than the latter.

Posted by kerri harrop | August 18, 2008 5:50 PM


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Posted by clintonsarmy | August 19, 2008 8:58 AM

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