Hollywood filmmaker Spike Lee is convinced Barack Obama will change the landscape of American music if he is elected U.S. President this November (08).
Lee was among the legions of Hollywood A-listers who showed up in support of the politician's nomination for office at last week's (beg25Aug08) Democratic National Convention.
And he insists Obama will inspire a resurgence among music artists to create change.
He says, "We gotta step it up... This is too important. We should use an event like Barack's presidency, which I feel is probably one of the most important moments in the history of this country, to galvanise us, to inspire us, and, yo, let's go!
"I believe artists have to lead the way. The same way as in the turbulent 60s... that music reflected both the difficult times we were going through and the enthusiasm and optimism we had, too. And I think Obama is going to have the same effect on African-American artists - and it's needed."