Amidst a flurry of campaign announcements, rapper Waka Flocka Flame’s declaration of his candidacy for the 2016 presidential election has gone relatively unnoticed.
The hip hop icon’s campaign slogan “From Tha Trap 2 Da White House” is coupled with a platform characterized by a libertarian agenda focusing on fiscal responsibility within a free marketplace. Many of Mr. Flocka Flame’s views on individual sovereignty have been outlined in his politically charged music. Tracks such as “No Hands” express with great articulation and passion his stance on hands-off government to promote liberty of the individual.
Waka Flocka Flame’s influential protest track against big business “Brick Squad Monopoly” has been the anthem for American libertarians since its release in 2011. Libertarian Party Chairperson and Waka Flocka supporter Christopher Higgs describes Mr. Flocka Flame’s “Brick Squad Monopoly” as “a barrage of pervasive lyrics outlining competition in the free marketplace as the key to stripping big business of its power was a call to arms for many.”
Additionally, Mr. Flocka Flame’s underground hit “Hood Rich Anthem” outlines his belief that escaping from poverty is accomplished by individual ambition rather than dependence on social programs. The candidate’s own rags-to-riches story has the chance to resonate with lower class voters nationwide.
Debate over whether Mr. Flocka Flame’s promise to legalize marijuana is simply pandering to the young Democratic vote has taken over political channels, but there is no debate that Waka Flocka Flame’s stances have been consistent for the better part of the decade. The unofficial spokesman and cultural icon for the Libertarian Party is projected to seize a record share of electoral votes for the party if his supporters can stay sober enough to make it to their polling places.
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