Thirteen-year-old Lithonia resident Keenan "Pootah" Mathews (aka Da' Young One) has already achieved more than many hip-hop artists twice his age. He writes, produces and performs his own material and estimates that he's already played around 400 shows. The boy can do it all.
This year, Pootah recorded "Vote 4 Miss Angela," a rap whose purpose was to get listeners to vote for Angela Moore in July's Democratic primary for Georgia Secretary of State. The rap, which Pootah wrote and recorded in a week as a favor to Moore, attempted to persuade by repetition. In two minutes, Pootah repeats the words "Vote 4 Miss Angela" 32 times.
"I wanted to put it in their heads to vote for Miss Angela," Pootah says.
The Associated Press did a story about the song, and thousands apparently listened to it online. But when the July 17 primary arrived, fewer than 16 percent of Georgia's 5 million registered voters bothered casting a ballot for Secretary for State. What's more, Moore finished third, with a mere 17 percent of the vote.
Pootah shouldn't feel too bad about Moore's defeat, though. With names such as Diddy, Springsteen and Neil Young among its ranks, the list of musicians who've tried, and failed, to rock the vote is long and illustrious.
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