Barack Obama’s “We Are the Ones” as Another Song by will.i.am

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will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas has put together another star studded celebrity ensemble to create a second song for Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama. “We Are the Ones” is the follow-up music video to “Yes We Can“. In both videos will.i.am was able to convey the self empowerment and hope feelings that the Illinois senator has based his campaign on by gathering celebrities to express their support for Barack Obama.

“Yes We Can” was based on the now famous New Hampshire concession speech Obama delivered after losing the primary in that state to Hillary Clinton. It used the words of his speech as he delivered them and those same words sang by the likes of John Legend, Scarlett Johansson, Common, and recent Grammy winner Herbie Hancock.

In “We are the Ones” the core of the song is taken from the Obama line “we are the ones we’ve been waiting on” which basically implies that we can make the difference in controlling our fate in this country. will.i.am wrote in his blog about the effect of that line and Obama’s words in general have effected him and America. His blog is inspiring as well which shows the profound effect Obama has had on people in this country. HopeActChange.com is a collection of people expressing themselves similar to will.i.am in videos, words, and images.  The Grammy winning Obama has effected those throughout the world as well as in the United States. In Kenya residents have unofficially renamed a beer in his name.

This particular cast of 30+ includes:
jessica alba, ryan phillippe, george lopez, adrianne palicki, regina king, zoe kravitz, freddie rodriguez, john leguizamo, luis guzman, jay hernandez, kerry washington, ryan key, macy gray, omar benson miller, malcolm jamal warner, taboo, eric mabius, tichina arnold, nate parker, kate del castillo, tyrese, jesse plemons, ben mckenzie, leonor varela, n’dambi, cucu diamantes, andres levin, noah segan, troy garity, simone bent, susanna hoffs, jackson roach, anna david, javier castillo, adriana castillo, and will.i.am

“O-Ba-Ma, O-Ba-Ma” 

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Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” Speech as a Song by will.i.am

Yes We Can - will.iam - Barack Obama

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Democratic Illinois Senator Barack Obama delivered a speech in New Hampshire at the site of the presidential primary on January 8, 2008 that inspired will.i.am of the rap group Black Eyed Peas to create a song called “Yes We Can”. In a matter of 2 days will.i.am was able to gather up around forty celebrities to help him record the song and shoot the video. It is making rounds on the internet just in time for “Super Tuesday” tomorrow.

Among those that helped will.i.am were Jesse Dylan, Common, Scarlett Johansson, Herbie Hancock, Tatyana Ali, Nick Cannon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, John Legend, Kate Walsh, Aisha Tyler, Amber Valletta, Taryn Manning, Nicole Scherzinger, Adam Rodriguez, Alfonso Ribeiro, Austin Nichols, Ed Kowalczyk, Eric Balfour, Esthero, Harold Perrineau, Johnathon Schaech, Kelly Hu, Maya Rubin, and Tracee Ellis Ross.

The New Hampshire concession speech to Hillary Clinton has been getting major press and has been thrown about as the modern brother to the famous “I have a dream” speech by Martin Luther King Jr. In his blog, will.i.am made comparisons of Obama to King, Abraham Lincoln, and John F. Kennedy. Many people share the same sentiments and are pulling for the man running a campaign called “Change” simply on the hope that he offers and not on his politics.

But in the unlikely story that is America, there has never been anything false about hope. For when we have faced down impossible odds; when we’ve been told that we’re not ready, or that we shouldn’t try, or that we can’t, generations of Americans have responded with a simple creed that sums up the spirit of a people.

Yes we can.

The video for “Yes We Can” has been seen already by more than 11 million viewers via YouTube.com and at the official site for the song YesWeCanSong.com.

Additional Reading at MTV.com: http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1580884/20080204/will_i_am.jhtml