You could easily say that 2016 was one of the best years for hip-hop in recent memory, but who had the BEST year? The contributors at Artistic Manifesto submitted their pick of which artist had the biggest 2016, and wrote a speech from that artist’s perspective. Now it’s up to you, the reader, to decide who should be the 2016’s President of Hip-Hop.
I, DC’s best, Wale aka Folarin, am more than qualified to be the chief commander of the hip-hop community. It’s as evident as ever that my ability to be in tune with my emotions and express myself so vividly can bring everyone together, whether it be discussing my prolific music, my insane shoe collection, or how much my haters enjoy my presence.
Just take a look at how I conduct myself on my infamous Twitter account, I continuously engage with the public in having liberating and intense back and forths that help cultivate and bring different perspectives into the world of hip-hop. This is a true sign of a leader, having the ability to be outspoken, self-aware and most importantly: a legit MC.
I’ve proven myself over, and over, and over again!!! You can see it in how I use my use my poetic rhymes to showcase the different layers that shape hip-hop, from being a simp in love, to highlighting the beauty and fun of our black women, to making hot records with the realest of niggas in the industry such as the OG Gucci Mane. I never cease to amaze and simultaneously rise above the bullshit, just using my words.
In addition to proving why I’m so worthy to wear this Presidential crown, I have been through tragedy, but now I’m triumphant! When people heard about ‘Wale’, it was nothing but negative comments stemming from so called hip-hop “journalists”, but I did not allow that unwarranted negativity to deter me from my creativity. I continued to release the best music AND demonstrate not only why I’m one of the best lyricists in the game, but also why I should be considered one of the best rappers alive. I even stood tall and addressed the beige lyricist Jermaine Cole with jarring wordplay in “#GroundhogDay”. These rappers should know I never back down.
I am a fighter, but like a true human being I am flawed. Being open, I had to share my depressive struggles with the world, explaining how my failures relate to my mental state as a Black man. As a Presidential candidate, I highlight my strengths and my vulnerabilities that makes me a well-roundedl hip-hop beast. I am not above my fans or below, but I stand on level ground with them, eye to eye. I promote positive vibes while guiding my Blue Moons to #SHiNE, and if nothing else? I’ll convince you why I should serve as the hip-hop President of 2016. Just remember, I’m the only rapper who created an album with the world’s famous comedian Jerry Seinfeld.
Now who you know better than that! #ThisCampaignAboutNothing #WeGifted