At a rally on Sunday in South Florida, hip-hop artists Jay-Z, Sean “Puffy” Combs, and Mary J. Blige were joined by moguls Russell Simmons and Kevin Liles, to help get out the vote. It was reportedly more of a speaking engagement and not a performance, which I guess was a good idea, but probably a little disappointing to those in the audience. From the Billboard dispatch of the rally:
“We stood in line to get the new Lil’ Wayne CD,” Liles said. “We stood in line to get a new pair of Jordans. We stood in line to get in here. So we ain’t afraid of no lines.”
The event was more of a campaign rally than hip-hop extravaganza. None of the artists actually performed on stage, instead using their time to stump for the Democratic nominee. A DJ played as the crowd waited for the group to arrive, and a gospel choir and college step teams also performed.
“We have been doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result,” Blige said. “Please do something different. Barack Obama is a true example of something different. He’s a true example of something our children can have in the future, what they can look at and say: ‘Wow, we can really, really do something. We can really, really be something.'”