Eager to post missteps or flub-ups designed to embarrass the Obama campaign each day on his gossipy website, Matt Drudge of the Drudgereport managed to find a doozy yesterday. Apparently, rapper Ludacris, aka Chris Bridges, has released a new song called “Politics: Obama is Here”. It’s, not something the Obama people will be happy about, and this despite the fact that their man revealed once in an interview that Ludacris, one of his favorite rappers, was also on heavy rotation on his iPod. Take a quick listen to this uplifting, inspiring and certain future Grammy Award-winning track and don’t forget to follow along with the deep, socially responsible lyrics:
I’m back on it like I just signed my record deal
Yeah the best is here, the Bentley Coup paint is dripping wet, it got sex appeal
Never should have hated
Never should’ve doubted him
With a slot in the president’s iPod Obama shattered ‘em
Said I handled his biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that bitch is irrelevant
Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
If you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut!
And all you other politicians trying to hate on my man
Watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man
You can’t stop what’s bout to happen, we bout to make history
The first black president is destined and it’s meant to be
The threats ain’t fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
So get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote!
Paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ‘em terrified
McCain don’t belong in ANY chair unless he’s paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and I throw em like candy wrap
Cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
And you the worst of all 43 presidents
Get out and vote or the end will be near
The world is ready for change because Obama is here!
Cause Obama is here
The world is ready for change because Obama is here!
So I guess we have a new Obama campaign theme song. And it couldn’t come at a better time. You wonder why Ludacris and his record company leaked this now and not last week when the awestruck throngs in Berlin could have been treated to this wondrous ditty. The Germans, they love them some Luda too!
So what’s going on here? Why Luda be hatin’ on Hillary? That’s what is making news, his use of the word “bitch”, and the criticism is surely justified. If Luda isn’t racist and divisive enough, it’s always nice to know that he can lean on this word to describe a strong-willed woman and make her out to be cruel because, you know, ya gotta keep up that street cred’ and shit. You can’t have the brothas out there thinkin’ you actually respect a woman –especially one who lost to Obama and who hasn’t done a damn thing to deserve all the misogyny people are throwing her way.
I guess no one seems all that shocked about what Luda says about McCain. “Unless he’s paralyzed”? Huh? When Luda then raps “Yeah I said it”, it’s a taunt, and an ignorant one. He seems proud to revel in this stupidity and declare that he too has an angry voice, even if it’s not all that deep. The gang-up on Bush feels tacked on and predictable and again, this is probably supposed to underline that 1) Luda is up to date on political issues and; 2) Luda has to appeal to his young fans by being both mean-spirited and deficient in syntax or grammar construction. That’s keepin’ it real, y’all. This is what is supposed to galvanize the apathetic, mopey, SMS-sending young adults out there to come out and support Obama in this campaign.
So this is Luda, the former Chris Bridges, and his rant disguised as some kind of rousing anthem. The same Chris Bridges who has taken a stab or two at “serious” acting in such TV shows as “Law and Order” or Oscar-winning Best Pictures such as “Crash”. You all remember him that film, right? A film in which he and Larenz Tate complain in one scene about being racially profiled, a film whose nifty, safe message was about how we all need to get along –all ethnic groups, all racial groups in this cultural melting-pot called America. Guess that had to fall by the wayside in the meantime. Because if there’s one thing Luda cynically seems to assume, it’s that you have to tear people down and make disparaging remarks, with all the street lingo and a holla to your homies, in order to say good things about Barack Obama. And all this amid a campaign that has not outwardly presented Obama as a Black candidate either.
“Paint the While House black”, Luda says. Not only does he confirm that Obama is black enough now (phew! what a relief!), but Luda also exposes his utter stupidity. You can bet that there will be no Democratic Convention for him next month in Denver with his pals Kanye West (uh oh), N.E.R.D and Wyclef Jean, all of whom will be on stage. Luda has blown it. This wasn’t an inspiring or positive call to vote for Obama, as Alicia Keys showed at the BET Awards last month in front of a live TV audience. It’s ignorance.
With this rap, Luda simply assures that the Fox Newses and Matt Drudges of this country will air this song non-stop, starting, oh, just about….now. Look for Bill O’Reilly to call for a “ban” on Luda again, just as he did when he got Pepsi to fire him from an ad campaign back in 2002. Me, I’m also waiting for the “Obama is Here” video on MTV’s TRL. I need to how they do that line about the “Bentley Coup” all “dripping wet”. Bet it won’t just be a Bentley that will be dripping.