Thursday, October 9, 2008

Your Black Hip Hop: Obama's Campaign Now Has A Soundtrack

 Barack Obama's presidential campaign, which has inspired a multitude of songs by stars and amateurs alike, is now getting an official soundtrack.

Yes We Can: Voices of a Grassroots Movement, which takes its title from an Obama campaign slogan, features Kanye West, John Legend, Sheryl Crow, Stevie Wonder and others. It will be available for sale exclusively through Obama's campaign starting Friday.

Proceeds from the CD ($24.99 for a digital download, $30 for a physical product) will help fund Obama's campaign until Nov. 4, Election Day, according Hidden Beach Recordings, which created the CD.

hile most of the songs on the disc have been previously released — such as John Mayer's Waiting On the World to Change and Stevie Wonder's classic Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours— a few of the songs are new, including John Legend's Pride in the Name of Love and Promised Land, a song by Malik Yusef featuring Kanye West and Adam Levine of Maroon 5.

The Yes We Can CD is only the latest musical project inspired by Obama. Earlier this year, an all-star music video featuring Legend, Scarlet Johansson, Kate Walsh, Common, and others, led by the Black Eyed Peas' and titled Yes We Can, became a viral sensation, garnering millions of views on the Internet. followed that up with another celebrity-filled video, We Are The Ones.


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