Marc Lamont Hill | VLAD TV Interview
Marc Lamont Hill stopped by VladTV to talk about politics, how rapper Pras helped donate 1.2 Million dollars to the Obama campaign, and how hip-hop should be more political. Vlad brought up Pras giving over 1 million dollars of his money to President Obama while he was running for president and asked Hill why he thinks other members of the hip-hop community don't give back more. Hill responded, "...I think some of the hip-hop generation did donate money; I just don't think they were public about it... I know some MC's, in particular, some of the big names who I know who donated a ton of money." Lamont when on to say he feels that the current hip-hop generation is active in politics and the Obama Campaign. "I want hip-hop to be the on saying what are yall doing; we need to do more...I want to see the hip hop generation, really speak out and follow that tradition we've always been a part of..."
Marc Lamont Hill talked further about his involvement in politics and more of his thoughts about Pras donating a large lump sum to the Obama campaign, and why people in politics typically donate money. "...there is influence that can be wielded, there are favors to be asked, a million dollars isn't a lot of money in politics... you definitely gonna get invited to the cool sh*t.... Pras ain't shaping policy, you know, but he is someone in the room... people in politics generally donate large sums of money so that can get favors and inform policy."
Hill also gave more insight into his thoughts on the Obama Campaign. Vlad asked Hill if he believed the Obama Campaign was overrated and Hill explained he's critical of it, and he doesn't feel it's as successful a presidency as other people of had. Hill explained although Obama has done things under his administration like pass Universal Healthcare, and approve gay marriage, Hill says he is looking at things from a global perspective and feels more could have been done. "I look at Syrians, I look at Palestinians, I look at people in Yemen, I look at people in Afghanistan, I look at people in Somalia, I look at people anywhere actually on the continent of Africa, and I see exploitation, I see social misery, I see random violence and I see a United States machine that has either been behind it, enabled it, or stood back and didn't do anything to stop it.
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