For all those who are unaware, Rhymefest had a sitdown and a brew with Conservative leader David Cameron last week, following some unsurprisingly stereotypical comments from the politician recently about Hiphop.
What’s been most eye-opening about this meeting though, has been the reaction of Rhymefest’s camp following it. The following is taken from a PR release I received on Friday…
RHYMEFEST TAKES THE UK BY STORM
Today Rhymefest has officially become the face of hip-hop in the UK. Fest’s meeting with Tory leader and candidate for Pime Minister, David Cameron, to discuss their views on hip-hop and it’s effects on society in the UK have been exploding on to the covers of the news papers, television sets and computers all over the UK and beyond today.
Here are some brief quotes about this historic meeting:
“David told me what his issues were and I told him what my issues were with what could be perceived in what he was saying and we came to what I believe was an understanding.” – Rhymefest
“I had a very positive meeting with Rhymefest and Sony BMG today and I am keen to work with them in developing the idea of a project which harnesses the tremendous cultural power of artists and the music industry to support community radio and local music projects around the country,” – David Cameron
First off, I’m sure Rodney P, Skitz, Jehst and co will be interested to find that a cat from Chicago is now the ‘official’ standard bearer for Hiphop in the British Isles. Secondly, almost anyone with more than one braincell can see that this carefully stage-managed meeting will serve absolutely no purpose to anyone at all, ESPECIALLY Rhymefest and David Cameron.
Y’see, Rhymey old chum… to the average Hiphop fan in the UK, having tea with Cameron does not do much for your street cred. In fact, you’d probably get slightly more props if you got the PG Tips out with Tony and Gordon, than the leader of the UK equivalent of the Republican party. Cameron meanwhile, despite his lip service on the day, cares not a jot for Hiphop… he’ll ‘develop’ no ideas, and will soon be back on the regular campaign trail kissing babies, lying to old women, and becoming embroiled in sordid sex scandals (kinda like ‘Flavor Of Love’ with less gold teeth.)
Now why don’t you fuck off back to begging for scraps from Kanye’s studio table alongside GLC and Consequence? Quality UK Hiphop has enough trouble making moves, without some 2nd rate hanger on from Chicago coming over and giving it the big one. I guess when you can’t sell units in your own country, trying to David Hasselhoff your way to the top in the next available one is a logical step in your playbook.
My fellow scribe, Wasteland Drifter, agrees…
What is the point in it?
“Oh Mr Rhymefest, your tea drinking abilities have convinced me that rap music is the future and a positive force which we, the party of the elite, should embrace not condemn. It’s always a good thing that you poor folk have an outlet for expressing your rage at what you percieve to be an unjust system, it’s a lot better than you trying to kill all us rich folk like the French revolution! Guffaw, guffaw! Another slice of cake?”
What’s really going to happen is some half hearted attempt by the Tories to appear to be ‘down’ and some validation of their claims that some artists are twats.
While that could be seen as progress from them publically thinking all Hip-Hop artists are twats, why should we care what the hell the Tory party thinks?
They’ve done more damage to communities and killed more people than anything to do with Hip-Hop.
Fuck ’em, let them think whatever they want, let them demonise us and the artists we listen to. If it’s pissing them off then in my eyes it only means they’re doing something right.
Any publicity Rhymefest gets from this is only going to impress the Guardian and Independent readers and if that’s the demographic he wants to appeal to then fuck Rhymefest too.
More tea, vicar?