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Watch teenage MF DOOM speak on behalf of Rock the Vote in the Senate, 1991

MF DOOM — September 27, 2014 | Comments (14)

Registering to vote in the U.S. is easy. You have many options. voteplz, which has a nice voting guide, vote.gov, the official government site, hello.vote, which works via SMS, vote.org, or rockthevote.com

The idea behind Rock the Vote was simple: get young people to vote for politicians who wouldn’t censor music.

In the 1980s and early 1990s, facing a wave of music censorship that included Parental Advisory stickers on records to the arrest of rap performers in Florida, political operative Steve Barr and Virgin Records exec Jeff Ayeroff launched Rock The Vote.

The organized movement behind Rock the Vote focused on the “Motor Voter” bill, which would allow people to register to vote at the DMV when they got a driver’s license, and to register by mail. In short, they wanted to encourage young people to engage in the voting process by making registration easy and welcoming.

After a successful petition drive in 1992 (with help from REM), the Motor Voter bill passed Congress, only to be vetoed by president George H.W. Bush. Bush’s opponent in that election year, Bill Clinton, took up the cause of the Motor Voter bill, and signed it into law when he became president as the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Here is video from committee hearing for the National Noter Registration Act in congress, April 17, 1991, showing 19-year old MF DOOM (Zev Love X) with his partner Onyx from the group KMD. They’re sitting with Rock the Vote co-founder Steve Barr, speaking to Sen. Wendell Ford of Kentucky.

Video: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4513596/kmd-rock-vote

14 Comments »

  1. RIP SUBROC!!

    Comment by 3rd Degree — November 4, 2014, 9:05 pm
  2. lmao YESSS

    Comment by Mac S. — November 4, 2014, 9:40 pm
  3. This was incredible, thank you

    Comment by Drew F — November 4, 2014, 10:56 pm
  4. ZEV LOVE X

    Comment by Gurugrimm — November 4, 2014, 11:14 pm
  5. Yes no villain

    Comment by K — November 5, 2014, 1:01 am
  6. dang… day i was born. all full circle everything. i seriously considered voting for the 1st time in my life today.

    Comment by versis — November 5, 2014, 1:17 am
  7. RENDER ONTO GEEDORAH WHAT IS GEEDORAHS

    Comment by gheedorah — November 5, 2014, 1:46 am
  8. History through voting!

    Comment by DJ Relish — November 5, 2014, 3:03 am
  9. gassss face

    Comment by j — November 5, 2014, 11:43 pm
  10. thank you. Feel honoured to have caught this gem of footage.

    Comment by J-swawvian — November 6, 2014, 7:01 am
  11. HA! He sounds almost the same back then as he does now. Crazy cuz I’m not use to him with no mask or beard.

    Comment by Dapp — November 6, 2014, 4:17 pm
  12. It’s actually king gueedora. And it was a monsters on the Godzilla movies

    Comment by DESTOROYAH — November 6, 2014, 4:35 pm
  13. Thank you for sharing this. I heard about it from 99% Invisible, and discovered that two different realities I pondered had collided beautifully. Apparently this is not unique when experiencing DOOM. This video is important to my self-understanding, and I appreciate it being left here for me to find.

    Comment by Shayne — November 24, 2014, 8:23 pm
  14. onyx

    Comment by mark — December 3, 2014, 2:04 pm

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