Smylez gives fans a classic Hip Hop record in “Video Games” featuring Jay R.
Smylez talks money being the root of all evil. He explains everyone is susceptible to this disease even the president of the United States.
It was one simple line Smylez used to metaphorically challenge the Obama administration.
“Obama is about a dollar, I don’t expect any change,” Smylez raps.
Obama won his first term as president on the slogan “Change We Can Believe In.”
Obama knows all too well the problems afflicting the streets of Chicago. Obama was a community organizer in South Side Chicago before he went on to become Commander-In-Chief of the free world.
Chicago’s urban community has long been plagued with violence and poverty.
Obama received much criticism for his slow response to the highly publicized death of Hadiyah Pendleton.
Pendleton was killed Jan. 29 only a week after performing in Obama’s inaugural events when shots rang out in Harsh Park. The shooting occurred just a mile away from Obama’s Chicago residence.
Chicago has one of the nation’s highest African American unemployment rates. In 2011, African American unemployment in Chicago ranked third highest in the country, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute.
Huge disparities continue to exist between black and whites as it did pre-Civil Rights era.
The poverty rate amongst African Americans in Chicago stands at 34.1 percent, more than triple that of Whites, according to statistics compiled by Chicago Reader. For Whites, the poverty rate is 10.9 percent.
The unemployment rate for African Americans in Chicago is 19.5 percent, more than double that of Whites, which is 8.1 percent.
Def Jam rapper Lil Durk, whose birth name is Durk D. Banks, referred to Chicago gun violence as occurring “on and off.”
“Sometimes it’d be cool for a month or two, then something bad a happen like when they killed that baby,” he told VladTV. “Then they killed the girl that was in the park by Obama house.”
The “Signed To The Streets” rapper says President Obama should do more to address the problems plaguing Chicago.
“Yeah, I am because being President mean you stepping up to the things the last
President didn’t do,” he continued. “So you would expect for him to do even better, especially by him being the first Black President.”
Shyne has long been critical of Obama’s silent stance on the city he once was a community organizer for.
Shyne said in an interview with Vlad TV the murder rate in the Windy City is “disheartening” and breaks his heart.
The “Gangland” rapper is calling on Barack Obama to do more to address the senseless slaughter occurring in Chicago.
“I think the President of the United States could be doing far more to address the issue,” he said. “He can be more verbal about it. He can give a greater effort. Obviously, I don’t believe he’s a magician or he’s some type of Houdini and he can wave a magic wand and make that problem go away. But the same way they declared a war on drugs, they need to declare a war on poverty, they need to declare a war on genocide in these inner cities.”
Shyne says Obama is familiar with the problems of Chicago, mentioning the president’s work as a community organizer.
“it’s so ironic that Barack Hussein Obama got his start as a community organizer in the South Side of Chicago,” he said. “That’s what he does. He was working with those kids in that community that’s destroying itself. This is not grown men killing each other. You’re talking about 15 year olds that’s popping people’s heads off. That’s a problem! That’s equivalent to Sandy Newton. These are innocent kids for whatever reason don’t value lives and are killing themselves.”
Shyne says despite benefitting from Civil Rights leaders, Obama has done nothing.
“There are people who fought for that. Martin Luther King got murked for that,” he said. “There are people that got thrown in jail for that. People suffered for that. I don’t see Obama doing that.”
The “King of NYS” later wrote down his disgruntles against the Commander-In-Chief in a series of tweets.
“Dear @BarackObama there has to be something the former US senator from Chicago can do for his former constituents! The genocide must stop
“Dear @BarackObama u must declare a state of emergency in Chicago! One of those bodies could’ve been you as a teenager! U now have the power,” he wrote.
Shyne believes Obama, who has close ties to Chicago as a former Senator, should have a strong passion to fix the social inequalities gripping the city.
“My comrades in Chiraq need opportunity! They need education & hope! @barackobama declare a war on poverty! Declare a war on lackof education
“Dear @barackobama u were the US senator from Chicago! This is your responsibility! Don’t turn your back on the people who made u!,” he wrote.
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