Strip club owner makes case for governor in rap video with Wyclef Jean

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Independent gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon raps from inside a cage in a new video from his campaign featuring Wyclef Jean.

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DENVER — Independent Colorado gubernatorial candidate Mike Dunafon, the proprietor of Shotgun Willie’s Gentleman’s Club, just one-upped Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper, heretofore the master of creative, positive and memorable messaging.

Dunafon Wednesday released his campaign’s rap video — yes, a real rap video — featuring himself and the Haitian recording artist Wyclef Jean — yes, the real Wyclef Jean — delivering a message about the self-proclaimed “most interesting politician in the world’s” libertarian platform.

“They got us in the trap,” is the refrain that carries through the video, titled “The Trap”, in which Dunafon and others stand within the cages positioned around Denver as part of Hickenlooper’s “Don’t be a Lab Rat” campaign to steer young people away from recreational marijuana.

Throughout the video, which runs three and a half minutes, Dunafon lays out his positions in favor of marijuana, incarcerating fewer people for drug-related crimes, local control of education curricula, allowing same-sex couples to marry and keeping government out of women’s personal health decisions.

“Individual thinking is where it’s at,” Dunafon raps as Jean provides background vocals. “Collective thinking is a cancer…

“But with liberty our guide, we can find the answer.”

Dunafon’s campaign is hosting a “pre-release” party at Shogun Willie’s Wednesday night at 6 p.m.

According to a release from the campaign shared with FOX31 Denver: “Jean and Dunafon’s message is that if you’re sick of party politics, and you want to get the money out, an independent governor is the best choice for Colorado, because he is not taking money from vested interests, and is willing to talk about the most divisive issues: local control over fracking, the release of non-violent cannibis prisoners, and investing to create a world-class cannabis and hemp industry in Colorado.”

And, with that overview, please enjoy “The Trap”:

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