2010 will be remembered as the year that D.C.-based musicians got "politically raw." That line came from legendary D.C. rapper Stinky Dink, on the track "Five for Fenty," a political remake of a song about weed that was meant to encourage Washingtonians to re-elect Mayor Adrian A. Fenty.
It was just one of a handful of tracks cooked up by Peaceaholics co-founder Ron Moten and a variety of go-go and hip-hop artists to aid Fenty in what would be his failed re-election bid.
Other Fenty-fied remixes of popular songs included "U Fenty Huh?" to the tune of Drake's "Fancy," and "Don't Leave Us Fenty," a mayoral remake of "Don't Leave Me," a song by the '90s R&B outfit Blackstreet, that was accompanied by a music video inspired by the hip-hop videos of that era.
Go-go musicians were at the center of the mayoral campaign, choosing to support Fenty, (who did an awkward version of the Hee Haw to show his appreciation) or, less frequently, Vincent Gray, and some musicians played both sides of the fence.
Big G AKA Anwan Glover, AKA Slim Charles from the HBO series The Wire was perhaps the most visible member of the go-go community involved in the mayoral race, showing up at a variety of Fenty community events, and even standing by his candidate when he mistook Junkyard Band for G's own Backyard Band.
Rapper 20 Bello refused to be left out of the campaign song fun, so he created his own mayoral race track, We the People, which encouraged folks to vote without explicitly choosing sides.
Rapper Rasi Caprice spread the word about D.C. statehood, with the help of his manager, former D.C. shadow representative John Capozzi.
And, at least one area musician wasn't content to sit on the sidelines and watch the political process, so he got involved himself—that would be DJ Gavin Holland, who ran a successful campaign to sit on the Advisory Neighborhood Commission for Columbia Heights.