Hip-hop artist endorses political candidate - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Hip-hop artist endorses political candidate

(WMC-TV) – A Memphis hip-hop artist is getting involved in the political scene.

Al Kapone released a new song entitled "George Flinn" in support of the 9th Congressional District candidate.

Dr. George Flinn, who is running against U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen in the 9th Congressional District race, says the rap video was a gift.

"I mean, I was to the point of tears when I saw he sent me this video," said Dr. Flinn.

Flinn owns the Flinn Broadcasting Network. He says he was the first to air Al Kapone's music.

"Nobody was playing him. I recognized his talent and I said, ‘We need to play this man'," said Flinn.

A long-standing friendship was made between the rapper and Dr. Flinn. Now Flinn claims the video has received national attention.

"All of a sudden, we're getting calls from California, New York, Atlanta, Birmingham," said Dr. Flinn.

After Rep. Cohen saw the video endorsing his opponent, his campaign manager said he had this to say:

"I enjoyed Dr. Flinn's rap. It was quite the catchy tune. However, the clearest words spoken--- "Proven and experienced"--- Apply to me, not to Dr. Flinn. I solicit the support of the 9th District voters through service, substance, and policy. I'll leave the rap to others."

Running on the platforms of healthcare and jobs, Flinn says he is all about providing opportunity in any form of talent.

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