Rap Reacts to President Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize


Vibe / October 12, 2009

It was revealed last week that President Barack Obama will be the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. However, the news has caused mixed reactions from the hip-hop community.

Crooked I of Slaughterhouse agreed with the honor, sending a shout out to Obama via his Twitter profile (@TheRealCrookedI).

Then, in response to the naysayers, Crooked asked people to do research before judging the current president.

“Why are people [hating] on my guy for this prize?” Crooked I asked. “Obama travels around the entire world promoting peace… Do [some] research before [you] judge his worthiness.”

Others, though, disagreed with the distinction. College-loving rapper Asher Roth wasn’t feeling the decision, asking how could a man win “the peace prize by just talking shit?”

He followed up with a tweet (@AsherRoth) clarifying his statements, explaining that the disagreement is about the actual prize, not the president’s efforts.

“Has nothing to do with Obama and everything to do with the ‘Peace Prize’–change starts with us, the people–who’s gon wake up first?” Asher asked. “Seek truth… I’m all for ‘hope’ and ‘progress,’ but people have been dedicating their lives for peace–actions speak louder than words–my opinion only.”

What do you think? Does Obama deserve this honor? Why or why not? Sound off.