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Hip-Hop Campaign Speech: Vince Staples

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.

Rap isn’t hard anymore. Anybody who is trying to be a hard rapper is likely a fraud. There are a few real G’s out there but the era of gangster rap and other kinds of rap that major labels promoted really diluted the credibility of Hip-Hop artists in later generations.

I’m not trying to be something I’m not. My raps could be viewed simply as the musings of a young product of the system, rap from the perspective of an example not as an observer. Quite frankly, that’s the problem. There hasn’t been enough honest commentary in the air just rappers creating facades that they can’t keep up. Ask Kanye, he knows…sooner or later all of these rappers are going to crack under the pressure or be outed.


I’m sure you are all tired of being pandered to. I’m also sure that you know by now how much I don’t give two f*$#s about the prima donnas, or your dead homies, or the police. Nothing I do is designed to make you comfortable.

However, if you do find comfort betwixt my bars then congrats! You are just as damaged as the rest of our “lost generation”, but at least you are aware that the watered down excuses for emcees cannot satiate your thirst for something raw. With that being said, I should be your next prez if you’re looking for non-discriminatory, yet truth-seeking shots to be fired. There could be no better devil’s advocate.

Check out the other campaign speeches here.