The Q-Side held a presidential election-inspired edition of their show recently, with former MTV personality Quddus speaking to various rap artists, including Big Sean and RZA.
RZA spoke about being banned from voting, stating, “The movement that the president gave us, you know getting into office, was so uplifting and it represents us (in a) better image for our country. I don’t actually vote personally. I’m on a certain list. Ya dig it? Check it out, I love this country right. When I leave and I travel around I represent America. When I come back, even after 150 days in China, and they always take me to the back room. Over 100 times I’ve been taken to the back room, checked, and they said I’m flagged. And I went through everything to get my name off the flag. They said, ‘No, you’re flagged.’”
Despite being unable to vote himself, RZA encourages other Americans to get out and vote on Election Day. “Yeah, if I could I would. I advise people to vote regardless. If you got a voice let your voice be heard. My wife does vote. So she’s the voice of our family when it comes to our political ideas. She’s that voice.”
Big Sean also spoke on some election issues, defending the job Barack Obama has done thus far in office. “Well, I think that people need to really pay attention to the facts and not the wowing of who seems more charming,” said Sean. “It was a lot of great facts that they pointed out about Obama and the work he has done. And a lot of people hating on him, giving him slack, but honestly I feel like he’s really turning this nation around. And even from the get go, from the beginning, he said that his plan was a 10-year plan…Also, as being in the rap game I feel like we have a responsibility to not necessarily be involved, but to sometimes touch on issues that people are heavily involved in.”