Change I don’t want to hear anymore

I never thought I’d find myself saying this, but these rappers have gotta stop incorporating so much political content into their music. I just don’t know how much more of it I can take.

Granted, the problem is not so much that there’s too many rappers trying to kick knowledge. Nah, I’m sure market forces will prevent that from ever becoming an issue. It’s just that the shit these guys are kicking is so retarded, I figure we’d all be better off if they’d just stuck to rapping about selling drugs, and about how so many of the women in our community are bitches and hoes.

Barack Obama, for example, wouldn’t have to sweat another situation like the one a few weeks ago, where Ludacris, the guy who wrote such hit songs as “Youse a Ho,” and “I Got Hoes in Different Area Codes,” decided to let the world in on his views on this year’s presidential election. And wouldn’t you know, they turned out to be pretty damn ignorant.

That being said, what’s worse, the fact that Ludacris couldn’t write a worthwhile political rap if he wanted to (consider this a dare, Luda, if you’re reading this), or the fact that you actually had people in the hip-hop community warning rappers not to be too vocal in their support for Barack Obama, lest they scare off too many of his cracka-ass cracka supporters?

Is that what’s hot in the streets these days, tiptoeing around Whitey?

God, I’m depressed.

Fortunately, no one gives a rat’s ass what you say about the likes of the Rev. Al “Mr. Do” Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Otherwise, who knows what kinds of bullshit media scandals might have erupted by now, given how often the two of them have been mentioned in rap songs this year.

Obviously, the vast majority of white people wouldn’t have given a rat’s ass about anyone attacking the two of them to begin with, let alone once people began to realize the extortion racket they’ve been running, at which point I’m sure the remaining bit of the white community that was still riding with them decided to cut their losses.

The hip-hop community’s beef with the two of them is a much more recent development, I think mostly having to do with Al Sharpton, in particular, always having some shit to say about rap music. As if he’s really gonna fix what’s wrong with the black community by cleaning up the lyrics on, say, the new Lil Wayne album. Hence Lil Wayne’s bizarre, sizzurp-fueled tirade against Mr. Do on Tha Carter III, the year’s most popular rap album so far.

As far as I know, Jesse Jackson hasn’t been as strident in criticizing rap music, and I’m assuming that’s because he knows better than to get on somebody for some shit that they said, given some of the shit that he’s said over the years. Any time you have a person who’s had multiple instances of accidentally being recording saying some wild, outlandish shit, you have to wonder what kind of shit they’ve said that didn’t get recorded.

I mean, this is guy a who, while in the room with members of the press (though he wasn’t aware he was being recorded), referred to New York as Hymie Town, and threatened to cut Barack Obama’s nuts off. In real life, he’s probably way more vulgar than any of these rappers. He’s even got an outside kid by one of his jumpoffs.

You’d think that a guy like that might be able to find some common ground with the hip-hop community. Unfortunately, though, Jesse Jackson made the mistake of dissing hip-hop’s golden boy, Barack Obama. The guy who’s gonna lead us all to the promised land by sheer virtue of his being somewhat black. And obviously, if the hip-hop community is willing to sacrifice whatever remaining bit of edginess it had left to get this guy in office, they’re not gonna stand for motherfucking Jesse Jackson talking shit about him.

Never mind that Jesse Jackson may have actually had a point.

Hence the Game taking several shots at Jesse on shitty new album, LAX. Which would’ve been fine, if he’d actually bothered to back his shit up with any kind of reasoning. But of course he didn’t. Take for example the line in one of his songs that goes (and I’m paraphrasing, because I’m not listening to that shit again), “Fuck Jesse Jackson, cuz it ain’t about race now.” Oh, really?

That’s funny, because I can hardly think of a racial disparity in this country that doesn’t exist today more or less to the same extent that it always has. I don’t have the stats right in front of me (I’m sure TPAR does), but I’d be willing to bet dollars to donuts that black unemployment is still way higher than white unemployment, that black people still go to jail way more often than white people for committing the same exact crime, and that black people get turned down for home loans way more often than white people with the same exact credit history. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

And yet, any time you see Barack Obama delivering an address to a primarily black audience, the only thing you hear him talking about is how black men need to do a better job of taking care of their kids. As if buying your kid a new pair of shoes is gonna fix the subprime crisis. I’m pretty sure that’s what Jesse Jackson was talking about. And he was right.

The Game was at least fortunate enough, though, to have had his new shit sandwich hit the Internets at roughly the same time as Young Jeezy’s. Which has had the effect of making the Game look not nearly as idiotic by comparison. Whereas the Game was just a little bit off in his analysis, I’m seriously beginning to wonder if Young Jeezy isn’t retarded. His “My President Is Black” could very well be the dumbest political rap song possible.

But who knows. There’s still a while until the election.

  • og bobby j

    in one song your moving weight and shooting people, and the next your fist pumping about the presidential election (when we know damn well they have zero knowledge of the process)….rappers need to stay out of the political game….unless you’ve been speaking on it from jump (see: nas).

    No one cares what young jeezy thinks.DDDAAAAMMMMNNNNNN!

    Anyone see how dirty 50 did Gayme? Put that niggas album out as a free mixtape on his website….thats some ultimate villain shit.

    • squadwildin

      Ay og bobby j…guess what… Young Jeezy song do got Nas on it. So does that make it official enough for you lame? Bol ain’t tell you dat and its not really a bad song. Just listen to it

    • yo

      OK BILL O’REILLY THANKS FOR THE COMMENTARY

  • The Spaniard

    “…on Tha Carter III, the year’s most popular rap album so far.”

    (goes out in search of a suicide booth)

  • these posts are racist

    No stats off hand…but I do remember you arguing with me “back in the day” that african americans are doing just fine…and me saying, no they’re not.

    All the attacks against J. Jackson/Sharpton are unwarranted. They fought for a lot and have done a lot of good.

    • BIGNAT

      YEAH THEY WAS DOING GOOD SHIT LIKE IN THE 80′S NOW THEY LIKE LAWYERS RUNNING AFTER THE AMBULANCE AFTER A ACCIDENT. JESSE LOST ALL CRED WHEN WE FOUND OUT HE GETTING PUSSY ON THE SIDE. WHILE HE WAS TRYING TO “HELP” MORE LIKE TELL BILL TO NOT FUCK HIS HO’S IN THE WHITE HOUSE. PLUS MY DAD TOLD ME THE DUMB SHIT HE TRIED TO DO WHEN HE WAS RUNNING FOR PREZ. AL SHARPTON I JUST CAN RESPECT A NIGGA WITH HAIR LIKE THAT. IT’S LIKE GET A CUT MAN JAMES BROWN SHOULD HAVE BEEN THE LAST BLACK MAN TO BE ABLE TO KEEP HIS HAIR LIKE THAT. ALSO I THINK THEY WERE GOING ALONG WITH BURYING THE WORD NIGGER IN A COFFIN. HAVING A FUNERAL FOR A FUCKING WORD. YOU KNOW THE FIRST THING THAT CAME TO MY MIND WHEN I READ THAT NIGGA PLEASE. THESE PEOPLE DON’T HAVE NOTHING ELSE TO DO YOU COULD HAVE SAVED THAT COFFIN FOR BURYING ONE OF THE PEOPLE WHO DIE. IN THE MORE VIOLENT SPOTS IN THE COUNTRY LIKE CAMDEN NEW JERSEY, D.C., ADD ON MORE IF YOU LIKE.

  • Tony Grand$

    “Seriously beginning to wonder if Young Jeezy isn’t retarded.”
    That is too fuckin funny. Rappers just just don’t fit into the cutthroat world of politrics. Man, that game right there is a gajillion times worse than the rap game. Niggas pop off bout money, how bout cookin a dinner, maybe some chicken, rice, stemmed broccoli, and maybe some type of potatoes, and tellin a motherfucka “in order to eat this bland, generic ass food you must support my cause, to the tune of $5000 a plate.” And, ppl comim in droves to pay that much for some shit they couldve copped @ the Sizzler. Just so you can use that doe to make commercials dissin the next mans beliefs and clown him for the whole world to see. Now, nigga that’s beef (and power)! I understand where cats got their hearts, but a lot of blacks are ridin the Obama wagon for the wrong reasons. Old black folk still think its the ’60′s. Young black folk think he’s down for the cause, exactly which cause is yet to be determined. Politics are a sheisty business ventue without all the hoopla, so yellin out @ a concert to a room where only 1/3 are probably really gonna even vote is somewhat of a waste. Cmon, T.I. was rockin the “Rock the Vote” shirt, and that dude can’t, so how the fuck his ol’ convict ass gon tell me to? Barak is lookin swell on TV, and sounds good in his speeches, and for all that work he’s puttin in, Oldman McCain is slowly catchin up. That’s gotta mean something. And just bcuz a mufuck is supportin B. Ozzle doesn’t mean that they’ll vote @ the polls. Unlike our beloved hip hop justice system, their elections can’t be “held in the streets”. I’m all for the “fight the power mentality”, but I hope its for all the right reasons, and not just some wild publicity stunt spinnin violently outta control. The black in me is screamin Barak Obama 4 Prez, but if somehow he disappoints me on a more realistic “I gotta make sure I’m making the right choice for a better life, not just cuz Jeezy likes him” level, fuck it, I’m not voting. A nig got his fingers crossed……

  • Che

    If it gets the kids interested in politics then it must be a good thing. I’m not saying they’re doing it in the best way possible, but it’s a start.

    A lot more people are listening to rappers than listening to you bol. Don’t forget that.

    • squadwildin

      And i dont understand what the big deal is about voting for Obama just cuz he’s black

      Its white ppl out there that’s not gone vote for him just cuz he’s not white…its two sides. both are in a sense ignorant, but shed light on both of them if you gone mention it at all.

  • Oneofthemyo’s

    You got a point with your post and I really dont agree with rappers criticizing jesse and al, though there not above critisizm if I get my asss beat by some cops I’d rather a march than a song bringing attention to said ass whipping. As far as barack chastizing black men the nigga aint wrong, we as a whole compared to other races are fuck-ups statistically with fatherhood but thats also politics 2, he tried to play up the I’m half white thing I asked a white boy yesterday if he considered obama part white the answer was a “huh” but more in the vein of kramer’s retort.

  • kelito-vision

    u on point with this one Bol… i was all hyped to hear “My President is Black” but that shit was super dumb…what does a Blue lambo have to do with a half white President…i’m still gonna cop the Recession though…i gotta agree with u on LAX…thank god i downloaded LAX that shit was wack

  • DevoG

    There is something that the black community, especially hip hop sector, needs to realize; Barak is not running for the President of Black America. There is no such office. America’s population has two many different sets of people (race, religion, tax bracket, etc.) for a Black man, elevated to the highest position in the country, and the world for that matter, to just be focused on the Black community. Even if he was the darkest, blackest, soulful, down to Earth brother ever in the history of life, he could not do it. He has to look out for everyone, of all races. Even in 40 years when Latino’s are the majority, and they eventually have a candidate, he or she will have the same problem, and Latino’s will have to deal with it as well. Come to think of it the first ethnic candidate of any race will have to deal with that, and that also goes for female candidates as well. If you think about it looking out for everyone will make us all better off. You already saw happened while when rich republicans were in office for 8 years, looking out for there rich friends.

  • jonjon23

    I definitely think these rappers should stay away from publicly supporting Obama-if they want him to win. They always say dumb things that work against him. Do they not realize that blacks only make up 13% of the population and he needs a lot of white votes to be elected president? Don’t kiss these white people’s ass, just stay away from making ridiculous comments. I don’t agree with where Obama stands on some issues like: granting illegal aliens amnesty, socialized medicine (it will be harder to get appointments made with the doctors and time of your choice and taxes will rise), and the lack of a plan for welfare reform (they use taxes from my check to support able bodied people to sit on their ass and have baby after baby). I’m going to vote for Obama because I don’t think either candidate will have a significant effect on the country—they are politicians after all and will say anything to get elected. Honestly I am voting for Obama only because he is (half) black and I don’t think McCain will do any better.

  • iLL

    “Is that what’s hot in the streets these days, tiptoeing around Whitey?”

    I feel your angle on this one, but sometimes you have “ninja” shit to get around in Whities world. Who knows Barack might pull some Dave Chappelle shit when he get in office like “Gotcha Bitch!!!”

  • jojo

    The idea of rappers telling other rappers to not be vocal of their support of Barack Obama is pretty sad yet slightly understandable…

    If a rapper were to emphatically show their support of Obama by stating “Yeahhhh Shawty, Obama is the boss hog of this guv’ment shit, Fuck that old whiteboy”, I’m sure that might not gather support from too many democrats.

    But regardless of how eloquent a statement is made, It would be a shame if democrats were turned off by the overwhelming support by black people that they vote independent

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    Jesus Christ, this shit was long. Nolo.

    Damn, Bol… why so serious?

  • http://www.scritchandscratch.com/blog VEe

    Notwithstanding the extra offensive stuff in this post, I’ll have to cosign on rappers making “politically” charged records.
    Forget about Obama altogether, that’s another story. Most of these rappers can not articulate a solid point without sounding like fools.

    ——
    Ludacris, the guy who wrote such hit songs as “Youse a Ho,” and “I Got Hoes in Different Area Codes,” decided to let the world in on his views on this year’s presidential election. And wouldn’t you know, they turned out to be pretty damn ignorant.

    Was Obama’s campaign people really surprised? Does Ludacris realize that Democrats needs Clinton to secure the White House seat?