Hip Hop Votes
How Hip Hop Spoke In The Final Hours Leading Up To Election Day! [PHOTO]
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After a long grueling journey to the election, it is finally Election Day.
It has been a long road towards today filled with plenty of soundbites and controversies that we haven't seen at any election cycle yet.
This week, Hillary Clinton pulled out all of the stops and some of Hip Hop's biggest acts came out in support of the Democratic candidate for President.
On Friday, Jay Z brought some of his "friends" along for a special show in the battleground state of Ohio. Hova brought out acts such as Big Sean, J. Cole, Chance the Rapper, himself and his wife Beyoncé in support of Clinton.
“I want my daughter to grow up seeing a woman lead our country, and know that her possibilities are limitless,” Beyoncé said on stage during the show. “We have to think about the future of our daughters, our sons. And that is why I’m with her.”
Her husband Jay Z added the strong statement that night.
“So many people fought for these rights, so many people lost their lives for us to even have the opportunity to vote. I think we owe it to them. It’s a major disservice if we don’t get out and let our voice be heard.”
Following his performance in Ohio, Chance the Rapper went back to his hometown of Chicago and did something amazing.
After a free performance at Grant Park, the artist led a crowd of people to the polls to participate on some early voting hours before they officially opened up on Election Day.
According to Chance, thousands showed up to put their vote in.
*thousands https://t.co/nBwqCVoNJt— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) November 8, 2016
According to ABC Chicago:
Cook County Clerk David Orr said pre-Election Day voting - consisting of early voting, grace period voting and mail voting - reached over 438,212 ballots as of about 8 p.m. Monday. The previous record was 273,661 ballots in 2012.
Jim Allen of the Chicago Board of Elections said as of 8:23 p.m., with lines still waiting at most early voting locations, 38,997 ballots had been cast Monday and 323,501 and counting. Allen said that's 24 percent higher than the record set in 2008 of 260,378.
While we didn't get the anthem's heard in 2008 when Barack Obama was set to become the first president with tracks such as Jeezy's "My President Is Black" and Nas' "Black President," YG spoke for many when he said "F*** Donald Trump."
It has been a different election season indeed. But one that Hip Hop Nation stood up for in the final hour to make their impact on who will be elected as the next President of the United States.