October 30, 2012 1:48pm PT by Nicole Powell
Rapper 2 Chainz Campaigns for the Voting Rights of Convicted Felons (Video)
With Election Day but one week away, voting seems to be on almost every American's mind. Among those citizens are convicted felons, who in most cases are unable to exercise their voting rights.
Rapper 2 Chainz of G.O.O.D. Music, whose "Birthday Song" (featuring Kanye West) is No. 49 on Billboard's Hot 100, is leading a campaign to show those who have been incarcerated that voting opportunities may still be within reach. 2 Chainz (nee Tauheed Epps) was convicted of a felony at age 15, but later learned that he "could be reinstated and all of that and get my votership back," he told Huffington Post. "I've been a voice for that."
2 Chainz is among those who believes that African-American males are disproportionately affected when it comes to voting laws, which impact those on probation and parole as well. A recent report by the Sentencing Project seemed to confirm that notion.
2 Chainz told Fuse TV, that he hopes to educate other convicted felons on how "easy" it is to reinstate their vote (currently, 39 out of 50 states offer it). As for what 2 Chainz will be doing on Nov. 6? "I'll be voting," he promises.
Hear more about the rapper's story and the campaign in the video below: