A number of popular grime artists have voiced their support for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn for the upcoming UK general election. Corbyn has been travelling the length of the country this week, in order to rally young voters and promote his new manifesto.
Politicians have often used famous musicians to help spread particular messages, due to their undeniable influence over young people. One of the best examples of this is Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, which relied on support from pop icons such as Lady Gaga and Katy Perry.
Now that campaigning for the upcoming UK general election is fully underway, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn is pulling out all the stops to spread his message of a fairer, better Britain.
Many of Corbyn’s proposed policies (such as lowering the voting age and abolishing tuition fees) are heavily focussed on improving the lives of young people in the UK, and because of this Corbyn has received support from one of the most popular young British communities – grime.
Grime MC JME met with Corbyn earlier this week to help encourage young people to vote. Corbyn later tweeted a thank you message to the artist, stating: “Thanks for the support @jmeBBK – if you haven’t already please do what he says and register to vote”
It has now been reported that JME’s grime collective Boy Better Know (which includes the likes of Wiley, Skepta and Drake) have added Corbyn to their roster on Wikipedia. The collective have also added Corbyn’s Labour Manifesto to their discography.
A new youth campaign known as #grime4corbyn was launched yesterday, and aims to “harness this energy to help elect a Labour Prime Minister who will reduce the voting age to 16, cancel exorbitant university tuition fees, cancel zero hours contracts, and through a new genuine living wage and building 500,000 council homes a year, give Britain’s young people the homes, jobs and education they need – for the many, not the few.”
Register to vote at: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote