Songs for Barack Obama

South Carolina was always gonna be a big state for Barack Obama, but now that he’s lost to Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire, it’s even that much more vital.

As I’ve mentioned before on this site, South Carolina has a shiteload of black people, and they’re remarkably split between Obama and Hillary, given that Barack Obama is the first black presidential candidate who’s lightskinted enough to be given a pass from white America.

Watching MSNBC’s ridonkulous campaign coverage the other day, it occurred to me that one way Barack Obama might further ingratiate himself with the black community is to change his campaign music from the motherfucking “City of Blinding Lights” by U2 to something black people might better appreciate.

(Given that he lives to invoke Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (what the fuck does “the fierce urgency of now” mean anyway?), you’d think he’d at least go with “Pride (In the Name of Love).” Or would that be too weird, since he obviously already fears being shot?)

I imagine even white people with a modicum of taste would object to “City of Blinding Lights,” but of course that’s only going to be an extreme minority.
But you have to wonder if his support in the black community would even be an issue if he’d just take certain steps to make himself seem blacker, aesthetically.

Obviously there’s not a whole lot he can do to make his skin any darker, and it might be political suicide anyway. But blacker theme music might not be a bad idea. After all, white people love black music! So I put together the following list of songs Barack Obama might consider to that end.

Public Enemy “Fight the Power”

Reasoning: This song was made to be a black candidate’s theme music.

Why this might not be a good idea: The part about John Wayne and Elvis, not to mention Flava Flav’s latter day career as a minstrel performer. You can imagine the kind of controversy that might engender.

John Mayer “Waiting on the World to Change”

Reasoning: You know how black people love them some John Mayer!

Why this might not be a good idea: What if, between now and November, black people somehow managed to recognize this for the fake Curtis Mayfield bullshit that it is?

Styles P Jadakiss “Why”

Reasoning: Victimization tends to resonate with black people.

Why this might not be a good idea: The part about Bush knocking down the twin towers. Lord knows Obama’s got enough problems with his name alone.

Alicia Keys “No One”

Reasoning: Not only is she lightskinted, just like the senator, but this song has a vague, silly message, just like he does!

Why this might not be a good idea: TMZ might catch her with her face buried in another woman’s crotch between now and November, which would be a bad look for Obama.

Nas “I Can”

Reasoning: Sends a strong message of empowerment to today’s youth.

Why this might not be a good idea: Nas has an album coming out called Nigger, with a song on it called “The Fear of a Black Man’s Dick.”

  • Kappa9

    Jay-Z “Can’t Knock the Hustle”

    Reasoning: Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are mad that Obama is getting the shine they couldn’t get. haha

    Why this might not be a good idea: Even though he admitted to using drugs, you might want this song playing during you campaign to remind White people.

  • Were Read 2 Def

    Jadakiss has the song called “Why?” not Styles P.

    • clarknova

      same difference.

  • og bobby j

    “WHY” was Jada’s song, not Styles…

    Barack should temporarily play that petey pablo shit where he is screaming for carolina to stand up and helicopter dance or someshit….

  • Yaw

    I don’t know what’s worse- Nas calling his album ‘Nigger’ or having a called “The Fear of a Black Man’s Dick.”

  • Nick

    Hahaha good post champ, keep it up.

    i gotta go to stl for a conference jan 24-26…never been there before and don’t think they have shit to show outside the arches…how about a post (or email) about the hot spots to hit in hip hop cities (i know all ya’ll got is nelly and chingy but shit, work with me here)

    Oh but how about this one: Obama wins the bid and decides to run with Hillary as his VP to “unite” the democrats as one with a campaign song from James Brown. “This is a Man’s World”….but it’s run by a woman haha

  • J King

    This is a stupid topic. Black people would still find shit wrong with Obama even if played some Eddie Murphy music (we all know how black his ass is). Shit I think Obama just say fuck em all and play David Banner’s B.A.N. “BITCH ASS NUGGAS”

  • Breezy

    Man Bol why do you have to go at Alicia for!!

    `TMZ might catch her with her face buried in another woman’s crotch between now and November, which would be a bad look for Obama.’

    Alicia is fine as hell.

  • Jason Murk

    I could have sworn Jadakiss made “Why.”

    Personally, I think U2 was an appropriate choice. Bono is well known for his humanitarian work in africa. Bono may be white, but he has done more for blacks than any of the artists you’ve mentioned in your blog.

    Many of U2′s songs try to provide people with a sense of hope. They even went on a tour called “The Conspiracy of Hope.” Sounds an awful lot like the theme of Obama’s campaign, doesn’t it?

    It seems like every time you talk politics, you’re taking another shot at Obama. There are far worse candidates out there, yet you insist on talking shit about Barack…. like his theme song not being “black enough” or his message being “vague and silly.”

    Somebody should make a song about niggas like you and call it “Crank dat Willie Lynch…”

    • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

      lmao@crank dat willie lynch!!!

      …oh the ether…

    • Fire

      That shit is hilarious! “Crank Dat Willie Lynch” had me rolling. I wonder why Bol always feels the need to take shots at Barack Obama, who is the best candidate for President other than Ron Paul.

  • Mr.Wang

    I know how important the presidental election is but Bol STOP TALKIN’ BOUT IT NIGGA. Gets boring after a while dog.

  • b-ease

    could have sworn Jadakiss made “Why.”

    “WHY” was Jada’s song, not Styles

    Jadakiss has the song called “Why?” not Styles P.

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Attention genuises!! Crossing out Styles name was bol sarcastically making a joke to the effect of “why is actually a good song, so styles MUST have ghostwrote it!” get it?

    • og bobby j

      so you know, he did that shit after the fact…so, as your name suggests, be easy…

    • Were Read 2 Def

      @ b-ease,

      excuse me asshole, but Styles P was not crossed out when I 1st read this post. So I corrected Bol n u r ignorant. Thanx 4 playin.

  • Tyler

    BoL, I knew U would be nuttin’ all ova yourself cause of the new Hillary win which I think it was nothing speacial after gettin beat by also double digits she only took it by only 2 points after she halfed faked a fuckin’ cry but I digrest. . . It’s funny ‘dat U even mention Obama’s music bro even tho’ U have the wrong song asshole cause last night he was using a Stevie Wonder old Joint but yea cause I was just sayin’ ‘dat his people needed to step their music game up for Obama. Since there message is “Change” which everyone else has seen that slogan working and jumped all over it like a phatass on South Beach. But yea’ he should go wit ‘dat old school David Bowie joint called “Changes”. . U know the one. “Come and face yourself. . Cha cha’ Changes.” Dat would be hot or yea’ anything from U2 cause both Bowie and U2 have a lifetime ghetto pass.

    • akaTheRealist

      lmaooooooooooooooo @ “…and jumped all over it like a phatass on South Beach.”
      great simile

  • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

    Feel free to reference my name when questioning the intelligence of commenters #2 and 3.

    • og bobby j

      looks like we got another dick rider on our hands….

      • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

        Fam, you play an OG on the net.

        “What part of the game is that?”

        • og bobby j

          First and foremost, you spoke on me, not the other way around. Coming out of pocket for no apparent reason, what part of the game is that? Listen, I play no characters, its a screen name…and thats where it ends.

          Unless you wanna suck it, keep me out your mouth.

          “I ain’t even speakin your name.
          Just keep my name outta your mouth and we can keep it the same” – dre

  • B Mo Careful

    Sam Cooke “Change is gonna Come”

    Reasoning:All these fake ass candidates are always running off the mouth about change, plus we all know how black people love them some Sam Cooke (chuurch)

    Why this might not be a good idea:Hell who gives a damn because I love me some Sam Cooke too!!!

  • B Mo Careful

    @ Jason Murk:
    “Personally, I think U2 was an appropriate choice. Bono is well known for his humanitarian work in africa. Bono may be white, but he has done more for blacks than any of the artists you’ve mentioned in your blog.”

    Get off Bono’s dick!!! I think someone needs to Murk Jason!!!

  • J King

    y’all fucking stupid to insult Jada. Styles go the harder and deeper lyrics but Jada’s lyrics are better than the Ghost. Listen to “flow”, “banned from TV’ any RR or D Block track. Fuck y’all must of forgot about fucking Checkmate: “your raps are preschool/ you made a lot of money now be cool/ before a swell up your lips like seafood”; or his Beanie diss track. Dude is a fucking lyrical heavyweight. Remember who the fuck y’all talking bout when you criticize niggas. Fools needa go listen to Kiss of Death.

    • EReal

      Why theres only like 4 good songs on it.

  • Combat Jack

    Great effin post homie. They put the muzzle on you about writing about YN too? Comon dude, “fight the power” and drop some incendiary shit about yer former boss!

  • Jason Murk

    It’s a shame that you can’t give props these days to niggas who really deserve em without being labeled a dickrider.

    Why don’t you get off of my dick and write something someone might actually give a fuck about?

  • b-ease

    so you know, he did that shit after the fact…so, as your name suggests, be easy…

    ^^^^

    Even with that being the case (im assuming you mean the line going thru styles name), just putting Styles name there was a joke as well. I doubt bol made such a glaring error, much more likely that you just didnt get it.

    • og bobby j

      Yea, the line through the name…if thats the case, i missed the joke. If he would have done it at first, it would have made sense….Its all good.

  • http://www.myspace.com/joyjoy07 QuEen k0n9

    Damn can they give a ninja a break! Al pissed Obama getting attention and Jackson made he didn’t get as far as him.

  • qqqq

    wackest blog in the history of blogging. XXL BLOGGERS BLOW.

  • http://www.plasticsquirtguns.blogspot.com thoreauly77

    “I imagine even white people with a modicum of taste would object to “City of Blinding Lights,” but of course that’s only going to be an extreme minority.”

    - a true testament i suppose as to why i read this column.

  • BossGame

    Man! What happen with the Yellow Man? Good post too.

  • Raised under Reagan

    They played Stevie Wonder- Signed Sealed Delivered; yesterday after his speech.

    • gluv

      they played stevie wonder last night….”sign, sealed, delivered, i’m yours”

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    Nah cuz he need to play “Its a Mans World”by James Brown,teach Hil somethin her man didnt

  • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

    @OG Booby

    Instead of typing the word dick in every comment like some type of sex starved, closet homosexual, how about creating profiles with Careerbuilder or Monster, and trying to land a real job with benefits? You may even be able to secure employment with a company that’ll cover the health costs of your loved ones as well. That way, little OG Booby can go to the doctor and get healthy again, and have a shot at growing up to become an even bigger loser than his father is.

    • og bobby j

      Who are you? You must be some fucking punk who I’ve thrashed in the past. Create a new name, and try again. Why dont you worry about you while I do me? Instead of staying up at night worrying about me and my seed, why dont you join Kane in his famous circle jerk party? CO-sign CUZ!!!! You and all the rest of your phony pussy bitchmade quiffs need to ease off me…Its a real shame I stay on your mind like Im your bitch.

      Kane, you better find someone else to cosign cuz, you never provided a substantial argument in your life…your weak homeboy.

      • Fire

        All this online arguing is ridiculous. OG Bobby J, don’t flatter yourself. TPAI, you had a couple good zingers in there, but go back to making music. It’s a shame that people waste their energy over this idiocy. Anyway, hope Barack wins in SC.

        • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

          @Fire

          Your concern is truly overwhelming.

          U2 fan, perhaps?

        • Fire

          TPAI (aka Low End Of Da Chi),
          Not a U2 fan for the most part, I just call ‘em as I see ‘em. Excuse me for actually not wanting to start shit or continue an argument on the internets. Peace, man.

        • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

          Wow. You’re a really clever dude.

          I apologize for my tendency to be really condescending at times.

          Next time someone comes at me sideways on here, I’ll just post the lyrics to “We Are the World”.

          Having a sense of humor and poking fun at OG Booby hopeless losers is wrong.

  • dr. mike check

    this is a really good post. as much as i would like fight the power to be the anthem, i have to go with john mayer. it’s mainstream-ready and truthfully if black people ain’t recognized him as a knock-off yet, it don’t see it happening anytime soon.

    peace.

    http://reallyrealtalk.blogspot.com

  • Silly Willy

    Lean on me – Al Greene

  • http://xxlmag.com Kane Corleone

    TPAR SAID – @OG Booby Instead of typing the word dick in every comment like some type of sex starved, closet homosexual,^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    Cosign cuz!!!

  • Jerz!

    soooooooooooooo, are yall not allowed to talk about YN or what?

  • Triple D

    “Not only is she lightskinted, just like the senator, but this song has a vague, silly message, just like he does!”

    Haha, this whole post is some funny ass shit. This is the best blog you’ve written in a while. for a minute i thought you was fallin off…

  • http://www.myspace.com/crockerishiphop Crocker

    That Jada shit was pretty funny. Ditto for the “City Of Blinding Lights,” remark. I think his theme song should be the Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder classic, “Ebony & Ivory,” because, Hey, he’s a daywalker. lmao. Holla Bol.

  • http://xxlmag.com Billy X. Sunday

    Bol,
    Please don’t forget to include the Cha-Cha Slide. If you have never seen white get down then wait until this song comes on.

    I was at corporate Christmas party and I nearly got trampled by white rushing onto the dance floor. Them niggas love it because it tells them how to dance.

    *Slide to the left – Stomp two times*

    Obaama could use this shit to bring Blacks and the white together, but whoever dances to this shit is fucking souled out.

    • Around and Around

      Freeze!!!…Everybody…Clap…Your…Hands.

      -If Obama rocked the Cha-Cha slide I wouldn’t vote for him on principle alone. Then again I won’t vote on any of these bitches on principle.

      • The Nicker

        Around and Around = Lupe

        • Around and Around

          The Nicker=not funny

  • moresickaMC

    John Kerry just endorsed Obama….eat that sandwich Bol!

    & as someone said….Obama has been playing James Brown & Stevie Wonder songs…so get your head outta Hillary’s crotch.

    black ppl need to wake da f&cc up & support dude.

  • Sharrief Wilson

    First time i ever actually left your blog with a smile.

    The Nas thing is hilarious

  • http://xxlmag.com kane corleone

    like i told u cuuuuuuzzzzz,i dont speak pussy i eat it.no longer gonna argue with a closet tranny you’re just too good(nolo)@ exchanging insults ,whats the point of kickin u when somebody just knocked u the fuck out?

    less is more…….

  • og bobby j

    I told you before and I’ll tell you again…you and your wifey aint shit. In fact, go eat some pussy and think about your father……

    Student. Paint the fence nigga…..

  • http://www.myspace.com/sogentllc these posters are idiots

    lol@Kane

    Nah fam, this is not TPAR. I did steal the premise for the name though.

    @OG Booby

    My bad, g. The truth hurts.

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  • Impulse 187

    Nas is a joke now. All he is doing is trying to get shock value in album sales.
    Naming your albums “Hip Hop Is Dead” and “Nigger” are for DAMN sure just ways to get wind under his wings, so his career can take off again. He isnt the same as he was before.