Ga. activist writes Dr. Ben Carson rap

ATLANTA -- An Georgia-based rapper is throwing his talent behind Dr. Ben Carson.

Aspiring Mogul, a self-proclaimed Christian Republican who splits his time between Atlanta and Savannah, was tapped to record a hip-hop track for Carson's presidential campaign. The 60-second spot, entitled "Freedom," reportedly aired on radio stations in several major cities, including Atlanta.

 

Mogul said he wrote another song, "Black Republican," in December of 2014 after seeing Gifted Hands, a 2009 movie based on Carson's autobiography starting Cuba Gooding Jr. Mogul's wife encouraged the rapper to send the track to Carson's campaign manager on Twitter. The song was posted on Twitter and a relationship began between Mogul and Carson's camp. He later wrote the campaign track for Carson.

Mogul told 11Alive's Jeremy Campbell that he wanted to start a conversation among black voters.

"I feel like black people are some of the most diverse people on the planet -- our culture, our food, our music -- everything we do except the way we vote," he said. "When I looked at the statistics, it's like 96, 97 percent of African-Americans consistently a certain way. I wanted to start a conversation about that. Everybody claims to be different. If we're so different, why are voting the same way?"

What happens if Carson falls to the other GOP-leading candidate, Donald Trump? Mogul said he's support behind the billionaire or whoever else wins the Republican nomination.

Mogul said that despite some blow-back on social media, he's encouraged by the conversation his campaign song has started.

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