Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Ludacris, you are not helping...

While I wouldn't consider myself to be the biggest Ludacris fan in the world, there is no doubt that the Atlanta based MC has bona fide skills, something I admit begrudgingly on the strength of his occasionally embracing the time honored tradition of rappers dumbing down their lyrics. But the same reason I wouldn't call Mike Tyson a "pussy" if he suddenly decided to practice civil disobedience ala Gandhi, a steady diet of Redbull and ginseng couldn't energize me enough to openly criticize what I feel to be Ludacris' questionable career choices - especially when there are a plethora of more deserving monosyllabic rappers out there who I can target. But a few years ago, when that racist and sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly called on his octogenarian viewers to boycott Pepsi for them taking on Ludacris as one of their pitchmen - I was one of his most ardent supporters. That being said, with the simple act of release of a song on the internet, I went from having his back to completely turning my back on him. Let me explain.

A few days ago, when I went to nahright and listened to Ludaris' new song entitled "Politics", the lyrics made me absolutely cringe. Its not that the lyrical content offended my sensibilities mind you, two of my favorite Kool G Rap songs involve him sexually "filling all three holes like bowling" in terms of his late-night conquests and a vivid story about him blowing a mobsters cerebral cortex all over some random city street - its just my opinion that MC's have to be more responsible when broaching the the topic of Obama from now until the election. I mean, in an age where Obama gets blasted for flimsy affiliations ranging from a person who did reprehensible things when he was 8 years old, to the kind words of a "controversial" black leader who he has never met someone intimately linking the two gentleman - why in the fuck would Ludacris say that say that his music is in Obama's Ipod(..something Obama admitting in "Rolling Stone") then proceed to call Hillary Clinton a "bitch" and say disparaging things about John McCain in the process? Because of this recent brand of clumsiness, cue the Obama campaign.

"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," said spokesman Bill Burton. "This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics."


Ludacris, you fucking asked for it. Chris, I'm a supporter too, and I have at times gone over the line, artistically, when expressing my support as well. The big difference is, you are the media's biggest scapegoat(See Rapper), and there is a picture in existence of you with Obama for Christs sake. I'm just an irrelevant blogger with a penchant for late-night snacking and collecting obscure porn titles like "Dyslexic Asian Midgets", a solitary voice easily drowned out by millions of other people who express themselves in blog entries.(Less talented voices, but I digress)Listen, I'm not trying to silence every black person with a public platform to speak from here to November 4th mind you, and I know how utterly ridiculous it is for Obama to disassociate himself with everything some black person says. That being said, just shut your fucking mouth if what you have to say could hurt the chances of us having the first place president. Indeed, dumb rappers need teaching.

6 comments:

Dvus Rai said...

Yo HC! U da god & all that & all that u know, but i gotta disagree with u on this one. First the luda track is banging & i dont dick ride for noooooooooobody. Second the message is precise & we on the left need more of this. Its time we took back our country from the miniscule minority that runs it now. It doesnt matter what we say, cuz then the wrong (err right) will critique no matter what & say bullshit like, "no one in the black community follows Obama." remember when Obama wasnt black enuff. Funny we dont hear dat b.s. no mo. Thank God. Preach Luda, & every1 else on the left stand da fuck up & let da devils know we aint scared of shit they gonna pull. Remember if a person is influenced enuff by a Ludacris rhyme not 2 vote for Obama, that jackhole prob wasnt gonna vote for him anyway. (see W. Virginia) Keep keep keep rising 2 the top.

BLESSD1 said...

HC...though I see your point on this one, the Luda verse was nice. Dude was honestly expressing how many of us feel. However, in these times of the Republican spin machine, you just have to be careful what you say b/c is WILL BE spun into something that could potentially hurt Sen. Obama. Good post, man.

Ms. Jackson said...

Well said. I also wrote about this song. Check it out here

http://msjackson328.blogspot.com/2008/07/when-keep-it-real-goes-wrong.html

Brother OMi said...

I disagree with you as well. Luda is Luda. it was actually Obama's fault for bigging him up like that (i have him on my ipod). he should have played it safe with Will Smith.

my only gripe is that , it isn't a freestyle, Its a written verse

Black Girl said...

I mean, this is ridiculous. It seems like now that we have finally gotten to a place where our ancestors fought to the death for, we are sabotaging ourselves. All of these same unity talkers (Jesse Jackson) are the same ones hating on the man. Regardless of what we see, the motifs are often not the same. This shit pisses me off because we always want to jump into a spotlight that need not be jumped into. That man was meant to shine his light and change the world on his own...not with all of these bafoons that are fucking it up and making us a laughing stock. uhh

I Am An Architect said...

"But a few years ago, when that racist and sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly called on his octogenarian viewers to boycott Pepsi for them taking on Ludacris as one of their pitchmen - I was one of his most ardent supporters."

You supported O'Reilly on that?!

Kidding! I know who you meant, ha ha...

It's a big messy juxtaposition. They both know what the other is about. Luda should have known, since it looks like he was paying attention to some politics, that 90% of it is a carefully constructed game of cat and also cat, and you're supposed to try and not give the other one extra claws. And on the other hand, Obama knows how scary guys like Ludacris are to the current powers that be (i.e. a black guy exercising the first amendment as much as they do the second, very scary!). But neither can exclude the other, so it's this kind of weird tangle up now. Maybe not so much a bad idea, just ill conceived.

Not that it matters, I don't think this will affect Obama anyway. Like dvus was saying, you'd have to be already ready to vote McCain to have THAT change your mind.