From a vanity standpoint, it makes you feel a bit old to have a person from your generation on the presidential ticket,” said the actor Johnny Knoxville, 41, of “Jackass” fame. “And it’s embarrassing that it’s Paul Ryan. I wonder if the Germs ever felt this way about having Belinda Carlisle as their first drummer.
When people didn’t rally around Dead Prez, I knew the black hip-hop audience had become far less politicized. I just don’t know if Americans give a damn about anything past a shopping mall. And that’s all Americans on all levels. I can’t expect rappers to be politicized when Americans are not socially motivated enough to care about their own lives and public policy as much as they were even 20 years ago. But I’m compelled to make the music I make regardless.