AUDIO: 84-Year-Old Congressman Courts Youth Vote With Rap Song
Charlie Rangel, the 84-year-old congressman from Harlem who will face one of the toughest fights of his political career in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in New York’s 13th congressional district, has found a novel new way to reach out to young voters. It really has to be heard to be believed.
The song alternates between exhorting Harlemites to support the 22-term incumbent (“If you gon’ vote, you gon’ vote for the Rangel. Charlie, Charlie, Charlie Rangel”) and describing Rangel’s biography.
“You know Charlie — he was born in Harlem. Got a Purple Heart and Bronze Star—earned them in the army,” Fireboy LD raps. “Got orders and he execute, graduated NYU — and that was 1957. Then he went to St. John’s and became a legal weapon.”
It’s kind of amazing.
Rangel will face state Senator Adriano Espaillat in Tuesday’s primary. He holds a comfortable lead in the polls, although the expected low turnout means that it’s still anyone’s race.
UPDATE: Rangel isn’t the only candidate with an election-day music video. Michael Walrond, a Harlem-based pastor who is running third behind Rangel and Espaillat, now has an theme song of his own:
The ball’s in your court, Senator Espaillat.
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