Regarding the just-resolved Oakland mayoral race, The Bay Citizen asks Did Quan’s Rap Video Sway Voters?

To which we reply: Jean Quan has a rap video?

Well, as you’ll see below, she doesn’t appear as an actual performing artist, though she does manage to keep relatively decent time via frequent head-bobbing. Let’s just hope that this type of musical outreach-cum-pandering not only becomes de rigueur among political hopefuls, but that eventually it assumes status as an obligatory campaign occurrence, like pressing the flesh at fundraising events, sampling local restaurant fare, and publically stating that you’re not a witch.

More on the video from

…“DREAM A Better Oakland”… featured local rap artists Chris Star, G Saleem and Loz Perez, who are depicted riding in a car driven by the head-bobbing candidate, as the four drive through the working-class streets of “deep” East Oakland, toward the home of a neighborhood supporter. To top it off, the video ends with a patriotic salute to Raiders fans in the audience.

It is unlikely that the Perata campaign considered this unorthodox approach to campaigning. But hey, it’s Oakland! You know how we do it… Just call her “DJ J-Quan.”

Jean Quan’s Rap Video 14 October,2014Jon Brooks

  • I don’t think it will be long before the public demands that the candidates themselves write and perform their own raps.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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