Say It Ain’t So, Luda … Barack Soooo Needs Rapper Insurance

“Obama probably likes this song but he can’t be like man this song is the shit when it talks badly about the other candidates. Luda is making some hot tracks as always.” — commenter Ek at the site Baller Status.

No. Not from the dude behind “Chicken and Beer!” How could he produce something deemed “offensive?” Not the guy both Bill O’Reilly and Oprah Winfrey have beef with. I’m shocked, I tell you. SHOCKED that a rapper/actor like Ludacris produced a hot track presidential candidate Barack Obama had to denounce. Shocked, I say!

From BBC News (thanks, Tamra and Bam):

The musician used a misogynistic term to describe Mrs. Clinton and urged Mr. Obama against appointing her as his running mate, saying that she “hated on you”.

Mr McCain, the Republican candidate for the presidency, does not belong in “any chair unless he’s paralyzed”, according to the rapper.

Mr Burton added: “As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to.”

The Ludacris song urges black people to cast their votes in the forthcoming election, and lends his support to Mr Obama’s bid.

The lyric “the world is ready for change ’cause Obama is here” is repeated throughout the track.

In an interview with Rolling Stone magazine earlier this year, Mr Obama included Ludacris when describing hip-hop stars he considered “great talents and great businessmen.”

Listen to the track at Pop Crunch.

In the song Luda says W. is the worst of all 43 presidents (for sure) and that Obama is his man because he complimented his business savvy. (He’d also like to be vice president. Hmm … I’m still holding out for Will Smith.)

Of course the Obama campaign had to get out their denouncement pen to squash this little “paint the White house black” musical atom bomb.

A song by rap star Ludacris criticizing Barack Obama’s opponents has been called “outrageously offensive” by the US presidential candidate’s campaign.

(The song) “Politics As Usual” calls President Bush “mentally handicapped,” and insults both Hillary Clinton and John McCain.

“Ludacris is a talented individual but he should be ashamed of these lyrics,” said Mr. Obama’s spokesman Bill Burton.

World is ready for change because Obama is here? I just can’t hold back all this shock and awe. I’m just so very, very surprised. Oh dear. I think I caught the vapors!

Whew. Now that I’ve revived myself with some smelling salts I can finally address this issue with some clarity. Not known for their ability to keep it kosher, rappers are not the most, ahem, PC of poets to deal with politically. Traditionally, the classic progressive rapper was all about challenging the established order. Now most of those rappers have been reduced to indie status and the only commercially viable “conscious” rappers left are Nas, Lupe Fiasco and sometimes KanyeGeorge Bush doesn’t care about black peopleWest.

But these rap individuals are not known for their class, and sometimes their acts of “art” can amount to cultural perfidy. I know some folks consider Luda an artist, but I can’t say I’m a fan of his work. I didn’t agree with Bill O’Reilly’s foolish fatwa on the dude and I really thought he and other rappers should have just dropped the whole “Oprah won’t have us on” beef because how hard rock are you if you want to be on Oprah’s sensitive daytime hour for women of a certain age? Rapper/actor, be accountable for what you say. You knew you were going to piss of people when you wrote it, so seriously, who cares?

Well … I guess the Obama campaign cares if a pro-Obama, anti-everyone else diss track comes out.

I’d like to give Luda the “Not Helping!” award today just to make a point, but the reality is Obama’s campaign has brought out both the politics and the opportunism in rappers. There are going to be a lot of pro-Obama songs. Nas has his “Black President” jam (which is actually pretty awesome). But while Luda’s “Politics As Usual” may be relevant, and some might even agree with the content of it, the Obama campaign can’t afford to be cavorting with rappers who’ve extolled the virtues of licking a woman from her head to her toes. Wha-wha-wha-what’s your fan-fan-fan-fantasy, Luda? A black president?

This is a time bomb of a thousand Sister Soulja Moments waiting to happen. Let the great rapper denouncement begin! I personally think the campaign should start “pre-denouncing” some rappers before they get creative. You know? As a form of rapper insurance. Come up with a good/bad rappers list and get to pre-denouncing. I nominate St. Louis’ own Nelly. That whole credit card through the crack of a woman’s ass could come back to hurt you, Barack. And put Lil’ Jon on the list too. And T-Pain. And of course, Lil’ Weezy. God. We can’t have anyone thinking he speaks for the Great Black Hopemongerer. A matter of fact, all rappers are too risky. They’ve all dropped the n-word once or twice or a million times. They’ve all been dissed by Oprah and O’Reilly. They all still scare old white people even though rappers are staunch gun owning capitalists who should all really be Republicans by now anyway.

And The Daily Show agrees with me.

But rappers don’t want to out themselves in that manner, I’m sure. Belonging to the GOP this year is not the hip, dope, fresh thing to do. So until the Republicans are able to lure them into their midst, a la Eazy-E, we’re going to have to deal with things like this.

I’m not saying rappers should be silenced. Far from that. I’m pro-rappers rapping whatever exists in their little hearts. (Big ups to the First Amendment!) I’m just saying they should be prepared to get denounced, which could actually be a boon for them. After all, in rap all negatives are really positives. I’m sure Luda, et al, can flip this little snub into the ultimate megamix diss track. And that would really help Obama, because then he could disassociate himself from yet another group of undesirables.

You can’t be the “rapper’s choice” for prez if the rappers are rapping against you.

18 thoughts on “Say It Ain’t So, Luda … Barack Soooo Needs Rapper Insurance

  1. Snob.As always. Brilliant post. LMAO @ smelling salts.Yeah I smell opportunistic a mile away. These rappers think that it’s a free country (in which it is) that content won’t come back to bit you in the ass when you try to flip it and become and upstanding citizen.And you’re right. Rich Rappers are probably closet Republicans. The Fiddy’s, Jova’s, Kanye’s, and Diddy’s of the world all have teams of accountants and overseas investments to keep the government’s filthy hands off of their hard earned cash. They won’t rap about that tho.

  2. … even though rappers are staunch gun owning capitalists who should all really be Republicans by now anyway.Best line I’ve heard all day.:)BTW, when do we get to follow The Black Snob on Twitter? No, I don’t own stock in Twitter(ha!) but I try to follow most of my favorite bloggers there.

  3. SMH at Luda…I mean, Sen. Obama shouldn’t be responsible for what all his supporter say, but the reality is that he cannot afford this nonsense. Ludacris should have known that saying most of those lyrics would bring about attention. Why not just make a song in support of Barack’s policies or what he will do if he wins? You don’t need to include Hillary, McCain or anyone else. I though he was smarter than this…

  4. get togetha and Nichelle: All (c)rappers should vote McCain. (That’s just the crappy rappers. Not the good ones.) After all, they need a few more ultra right wing judges on the Supreme Court to make it OK for convicted felons to pack heat. Because the NRA is actually pushing that, for realz. DMX can’t vote but I know who he should endorse!And Republicans get more like rappers everyday! Sex scandals! Shootin’ people in the face! Shouting out Jesus’ name while at the same time TOTALLY fucking someone over.That’s soooo a rapper. Dick Cheney is the Eazy-E to Bush’s The D.O.C.Besides. Rappers don’t want to pay taxes, believe in a strong defense, are typically pro-death penalty, anti-woman’s rights and value their right to do whatever they feel like doing. So in all reality … rappers are really Libertarians, but since the Libertarian party is kind of weak, Republicans are the next best thing.Nichelle: Twitter, you say? I will look into that.vixen: I believe Luda was just “keepin’ it real.” But since his conversion to actor/rapper you’d think he’d know better, but he was just expressing himself through rhyming verse. Dude hates Bush. We all do. Can’t blame him there. I just wish he could have made a separate “Fuck Bush and Cheney and His Dog Barney Too” song from his “Obama Iz Tha Shizznit” song. Like Nas did his “Black President” and did his “Sly FOX” diss on FOX News. He didn’t combine the two. Bob and weave, Luda! Bob and weave!I wonder if Luda will issue an apology or a diss? Hmmm … he’s mainstream now so I’m going to go with some sort of half-ass apology/explanation (“See … see … wha had happen wah …”)But what I’m REALLY waiting for is what Snoop will throw together.

  5. The number one problem I have with the Ludacris track… IT SUCKS. It sounds forced and desperate. It screams of, “I need to make myself relevant again.” The first time I heard it my brother was bobbing his head to it and without paying attention to the lyrics I thought, “He’ll have to denounce this. My unintelligible, thug-nasty brother thinks it’s brilliant.” (It should be mentioned my brother idolizes 50 Cent… Let’s also mention he’s 31.)Anyway, I mostly agree with your post except for what you said about Oprah. This might be because I have a huge issue with Oprah and her constantly speaking on things she doesn’t even bother to learn about on that HUGE ASS forum of hers. Maybe it’s not fair to hold her to a higher standard than others but I do. I hated that bullshit hip-hop show she had where India.Arie sat in the audience shaking her head to cosign, Common played the I don’t agree with you but I can’t diss Oprah card, and they barely let anyone who didn’t say what she likes speak. I don’t care that Oprah doesn’t like rap or the “n-word” or whatever else Oprah deems classless. I do care that she speaks so ill of something she seems to know very little about. I feel like she’s the ultimate cosigner for annoying elders who don’t/won’t listen to my generation, racist white people, Bill O’Reilly, etc.

  6. ludacris=ann coulter=rush limbaugh…they all have many things in common…one of which is attention whore…

  7. This is what happens when ignorance meets a mass audience. You get dumb, embarassing songs like this one. Where is Luda now? Probably meeting with his publicist to see how he can spin the attention his way.

  8. He should know (just like every other black person should know) anything negative that can be remotely associated with Barack Obama will be attributed to Obama and will be front page. Then Barack will have to put out a statement denouncing it…so stop it! I thought Ludacris was much smarter than this.I’d like to give Luda the “Not Helping!” award today… Exactly!

  9. These men – cuz we’re only talking about Black male rappers/comedians/etc bring their gender biases and pathologies into everything they do. It should come as no surprise that they would be an embarrassment and worse. Good businessmen indeed- selling themselves and denigrating Black women for a dollar or two. And as long as we [though not me personally] continue to support their foolishness and make excuses for them it will continue. I was so glad when Oprah asked Luda about his lyrics and he blanched “I’m here to talk about my movie”. Crybaby. Idiot.

  10. Oh I just read through the comments. I know people take issue with Oprah for various reasons but answer this: what has she done that has been harmful to Black women and their image in society? Less further break down a comparison to her actions and the actions of your average male ‘rapper’. There is no comparison. And for all purposed she supported Obama before most of us had him on our radar. She can’t be that old guard.

  11. I really wish rappers; Louis Farrakhan and others like them would realize the best way for them to help Sen. Obama is to support John McCain.

  12. Luda seems like a smart guy, so I am really scratching my head on this one. What the heck was he thinking? His creating this song illustrates how out of touch rappers are with whats going on in politics. Did he not think that his song would somehow be linked back to Obama and it would not be good? And what does it say about your creativity as an artists when you are reduced to calling a woman you don’t know and probably never met a B**** Others might disagree, but I wish that he AND Nas would go somewhere and gain some knowledge first before they get up on a platform trying to keep it real.

  13. so luda dissed missah hillary big fricking deaaaaal!!!! I will say it was bad timing though Luda and I too thought you were smarter than that but let’s look at Big Boi’s Somethings Gotta Give Featuring Mary J. Blige or even Mavado’s “We Need Barack” and let the creativity of the artists breathe they’ll be stifiled and misjudged by the masses let’s cut em some slack!!!

  14. dang, i knew u were gonna cover this story, but you’ve outdone even yourself this time.. capital post!Tanisha: i wouldn’t lump Ludacris in with Nas(*). Ludacris is either ignorant and stupid or desparate for attention here (note that these terms are mutually exclusive only in the context of *this* very act – most of the time, he is both). Nas always means well, even when he misfires. He teamed up with, but not with Obama’s campaign. He praises Obama explicitly in “Black President” but only in a brief, limited way *and* he takes care to inject a healthy hint of skepticism about Obama into the song too.(*) Disclosure: HUGE Nas fan here who thoroghly enjoyed his inaugural tour date last night in Atlanta šŸ™‚

  15. Damn Rappers! I sound like an Old Granny, but dammit I whish they’d all shut the hell up sometimes. Everyone trying to capitalize off someone else’s sh*t. Just shut up!

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