When President Obama called for a renewed focus on education and “Winning The Future” he probably didn’t have college rap dominator Prairie View A&M University in mind particularly. The little HBCU in the Waller County town that gave the rap world D.J. Premier has lately been producing artists the way The University of Texas produces defensive backs. Dorrough broke the dam and since then Bone, Jack Freeman, and The Party Boyz among others. While I always enjoy a jam the explosion of student rapper speaks directly to some of The Obama Administration‘s failure thus far to enact an education agenda that makes our system more effective.
Granted he’s only been in office two years and has been the most accomplished first term President since the original L.B.J. but…still. When the Obama Administration has focused on an education agenda that calls for pragmatic solutions and a focus on Math and Science he probably didn’t have counting ASCAP money as the end goal.
Prairie View A&M is a portrait of a university that has been disappointingly let down thus far in the Era of O, a HBCU which has had to fought for funding even though its strongest academic programs are Nursing and Engineering, which are essential for our economy and the future. It is troubling that to the bright Panthers of Prairie View eschew the corporate world to deal with the Big Reds of the music business. While Obama is soaring with most of his agenda when it comes to education the more Prairie View A&M scores on Billboard isn’t in direct contrast with how many the W’s Obama is scoring on education in his administration but it isn’t an endorsement either.