By Chris Yuscavage
Jay-Z’s busy schedule might be getting a whole lot busier.
According to a report in today’s New York Post, U.S. President Barack Obama may consider making a move that would see Mr. S. Carter replace current National Economic Council Director Larry Summers when he begins campaigning for his 2012 Presidential push. Thanks to all of the success Obama enjoyed after an endorsement from Hov during his 2008 campaign, Deputy White House Press Secretary William Burton went on the record recently to announce that the Prez would definitely be open to working with him again in an official capacity when the time is right.
Here at RapFix, we can’t say we’re particularly surprised. Jay’s endorsement prior to the ’08 election did play a huge part in Obama getting elected President. But lest Obama forgets, he wasn’t the only rapper to lend his name to the cause—so why is he the only one being considered? To help him make his final decision, we came up with a list of 10 other rappers who should be in the running. Vote wisely, Obama.
The Rapper: Young Jeezy
The Official Title He Could Hold: Presidential Music Coordinator
The Job Requirements: We’re still a little surprised Obama didn’t embrace “My President Is Black” back when Young Jeezy and Nas recorded it in 2008. Nonetheless, Jeezy’s official duties as PMC would include recording “My President Is Black 2,” carefully selecting Obama’s soundtrack for the campaign trail, and throwing more than just Jay-Z, Nas and Lil Wayne onto the Prez’s iPod. We already know you can motivate the thugs, Jeezy, now motivate the President.
The Rapper: Diddy
The Official Title He Could Hold: Campaign Slogan Creator
The Job Requirements: Come up with a clever slogan that’ll appear on the front of hundreds of thousands of T-shirts that’ll undoubtedly show up at flea markets and swap meets across the country. “Vote or Die”? Eh, not so much. What else ya got?
The Rapper: Soulja Boy Tell ’Em
The Official Title He Could Hold: Junior YouTube Extraordinaire
The Job Requirements: In 2010, using the Internet to win a Presidential campaign isn’t an option, it’s a requirement. And who better to ask for help than a rapper who literally went from nothing to something in the entertainment world thanks to a Web cam and an IP address? Just keep that “I Got a Crush on Obama” chick far, far away from the action, Souljer.
The Rapper: Drake
The Official Title He Could Hold: Rap Blog Ambassador
The Job Requirements: Drake sneezes and there’s a story on the rap blogs about it. Obama needs some of that coverage, Drizzy!
The Rapper: Nicki Minaj
The Official Title She Could Hold: Celebrity Vote Collector
The Job Requirements: For every 100,000 teens that vote, Nicki Minaj will jump on UStream for five minutes. Hey, there’s a reason the girl’s managed to get more than a million Twitter followers, right?
The Rapper: Kanye West
The Official Title He Could Hold: The “Make Sure Obama Doesn’t Dress Down Like A Dorky Dad” Stylist
The Job Requirements: It’s a superficial gig, but somebody has to do it. Because while Obama commands respect in his business attire, his play clothes are another story. Don’t go too crazy, Kanye (this is probably not the look—just sayin’) but making Obama look a little more like the Leader of the Free World and less like the leader of the local Boy Scout troop during his free time wouldn’t be a bad thing.
The Rapper: Snoop Dogg
The Official Title He Could Hold: Token Rap Endorser
The Job Requirements: Let’s be real. Your parents and your grandparents don’t know who Drake is or what a “Nicki Minaj” involves. But they know Snoop Dogg. If not from his music, then from his TV shows, movie appearances and commercials. So if Obama is going for the hip-hop crowd and their parents, he’ll need the Doggfather in his corner.
The Rapper: 50 Cent
The Official Title He Could Hold: Twitter Page Ghostwriter
The Job Requirements: Fif says some pretty, um, “interesting” things out on the tweets. Are they offensive? Yes. Mean-spirited? Always. Rude? Uh huh. But it gets people talking about them, which is more than we can say about tweets like these. Sad but true.
The Rapper: Rick Ross
The Official Title He Could Hold: White House Meal Planner
The Job Requirements: A national campaign could zap Obama of all his energy and cause him to loss plenty of weight if he doesn’t eat right. That said, even with a hectic touring and recording schedule, it doesn’t look like Rick Ross has missed many meals over the course of the last few years. So why not have him lay out a, er, well-balanced diet for the Prez? Just remember Ross: When it comes to Obama, you are not the Boss.
The Rapper: Waka Flocka Flame
The Official Title He Could Hold: Hm, we’ll get back to you on this one. But we’ll tell you one title Waka is not gonna hold: “Baracka Flocka Flame”
The Job Requirements: All jokes aside, the kids love Waka Flocka right now. So if he tells them voting is important? Then voting becomes important. Just try and be a little more convincing the next time you do it, okay, Waka?
Do you think President Obama is serious about inviting a rapper into his inner circle? Do you think it helps or hurts his chances of being reelected? Tweet us at @MTVRapFix or tell us in a comment below!