Only Repping 4 Dead Presidents…


If I have learned anything from all my years on this planet is to believe absolutely nothing I hear from the mouths of preachers or politicians. Now I am going to have to add peddling poets to that list. The feel-good song for 2009 appears to be the Jay-Z remix verse for Young Jeezy’s ‘My President Is Black’.

Let me just say off the top that I was truly disappointed that negro Jeezy does not have a ‘Z’ anywhere in the song title when he knows good gotdamn well there should be at least one.

“What recession?” – (c) Young Jeezy

Once again Jay-Z brodies another person’s song and with the talent that he has shown us over the years he creates and anthem both simple and insipid as a sign of our times…

My president is Black
My Maybach too
And I’ll be goddamned if my diamonds ain’t blue
My moneys dark green
And my Porsche is light grey
And I’m headed for DC, anybody feel me?

My first question is how someone becomes YOUR president when you didn’t even vote?

My president is Black, in fact he’s half white
So even in a racist mind, he’s half right
If you’ve got a racist mind, you be aiight
My president is Black, but his house is all white


Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther could walk
Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run
Barack Obama ran so all our children could fly
So I’m a spread my wings, you could meet me in the sky

Martin Luther, the founder of the rap music reformation, or Martin Luther, the leader of the Black rock reformation? Anyhoo…

Already got my own clothes, already got my own shoes
I was hot before Barack, imagine what I’m gon’ do
Hello Miss America, hey pretty lady
Red white and blue flag, wave for me baby

Uggh, and BeYonce taught him that.

Never thought I’d say this shit, baby I’m good
You can keep your puss, I don’t want no more bush
No more war, no more Iraq
No more white lies, my president is Black

Obama won’t complete his term as president if any more of these songs are made

Jay-Z’s rendition is metrically built similar to Young Jeezy’s in that simple words are inserted with literal lightweight comparisons and contrasts. Jay-Z says no more Iraq, but you have to wonder where he plans on getting the fuel for his Porsche and his Maybach. The genius of the composition is that it is the rap music equivalent of chanting “U.S.A.”

Yeah, Barack Obama lives in the White House. “U.S.A.”

Rosa Parks, Martin Luther (King Jr. we’ll assume). “U.S.A.”

Miss America. “U.S.A.”

Four years of Black lies? “U.S.A.”

Let’s be clear, I’m not looking to hear something with the depth of the 95 Theses, or even the Letter from a Birmingham Jail because these are great and everlasting pieces of literature, you know, shit people took the time to write down. If you thought you have arrived at a moment in history that was truly important then why wouldn’t you use your talent to create something that is transcendent? Anybody can put some shit together that tells me what the color of their car is, and frankly, as rich as Jay-Z purports to be I’m embarrassed that he thinks his money is stlll green and not something that is colorless, odorless and totally electronically manipulated. Seriously, do you think really wealthy people even sully their fingers with cash?

I’m not hating on Jay-Z either as some of the lower life form so-called brains might utter in kneejerk unison. If there would be anyone that you would want to hit the ball 450ft. over the centerfield fence it would be the Jigga Man. He would redeem himself in my eyes from the man who created the anthem ‘Jigga My Nigga’ that I listened to a six year old sing while I stood on Fulton Street across from Albee Square Mall waiting on the B52 bus. Instead mighty Jay-Z struck out. I suppose it is equally fitting that Albee Square Mall has also been reduced to rubble. It makes me wonder also what has become of that child.

For the inauguration of what could be the first Hip-Hop president (bigger than African American) we are left wanting from everyone that was all too happy just to be at the party.

I just hope that someone will come to the artform again who respects the pad and the pen so that the true legacy will be recorded for history.

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  • Matt Herbz

    Yeah, niggaz…Herbz in the muhfuckin building @ 7:00am! Gots to sign my niggaz’ paychecks, nahmean?!

    Anyway, Thanks for laying the lyrics out like that Billy. That way niggaz can see how lame that shit really is. Jay’s just coming off as a publicity whore on this one, but I guess that being a black rapper in a time when a black man gets elected President, you gots to say something…I wouldn’t know about that. Like Nas’ verse in “We Major” off of Kanye’s Late Registration–should he “Rap about big paper or the black man’s plight?” Jay had to talk about that Maybach, huh? AND the Porsche, huh? Yeah, he don’t mention that he acquired all that during a white President’s term. What does he honestly feel is going to happen now under Obama? Will Obama give tax credits to rich black men like himself and take away from all the white bourgois? I’m not feeling this whole rap, mang. It’s cool to have pride in your race and shit, but for real, what’s with all this bullshit sweeping across the nation. Niggaz are buying fucking china plates and clothing with Barack Obama’s face on it like that shit will one day be worth more than they paid for it. It’s sickening, really. All I’m saying is it’s all eyes on Obama. For everybody’s sake I hope he don’t fux this one up or niggaz will feel bamboozled and make Kanye have to step up on some “Barack Obama don’t care about black people.”

    –Matt Herbz–

  • Simple like ABC, 123

    “My President Is Black”:
    Nas’s verse >>>>> Jay-Z’s verse

    • Pierzy

      Co-sign that!

      • amar

        i co-sign that too, except the part about strippers being pole-a-ticians.

        Is it just me, or has nas been steadily ethering jay-z ever since they reunited? It’s like he’s owning him now even more than before, just by being better than him…

  • Pierzy

    Good call on the Martin Luther Reformation reference. You’re going over a lot of heads with that one, Billy X!

    • Ron Mexico

      not the ones who paid attention in 7th grade, right?

      • Pierzy

        Right…all 11 of those people.

  • Pierzy

    “For the inauguration of what could be the first Hip-Hop president (bigger than African American)…”

    Thank you! There are a ton of “us” that have supported Obama for years [I saw him speak in person back in '05]

  • Curtis75Black

    I’m glad someone put his verse in perspective becaue when I heard his shit, I was like “what the fuck is this ?” I was truly dissapointed because his shit was just as superficial as the original. It’s funny how so many peeps are praising the Bars !! I always said, peeps like his voice more than his lyrics cause he can say the dumbest shit and still get call Hot.

  • Jamal7Mile


    These lyrics SUCK!!

    I just realized right now that I don’t listen to the lyrics anymore, just the beats. The beats ARE the lyrics for me, nowadays.

    Thought it was supposed to be beats AND rhymes… Hmmm…

  • Dub Sac

    Obama won’t complete his term as president if any more of these songs are made.

    That’s the fucking truth. How about people chill the fuck out and let the man be the goddamn president. I voted for him cause I thought he’d be good at his job, not cause I want a fucking thug or rockstar in the Whitehouse. Who gives a fuck whether he’s hip-hop – if you agree with his policies, then let it be.

    • tony grand$

      Co sign Dub Sac.

  • Dub Sac

    PS – what the fuck is up with those Urkel glasses Jay’s been wearing recently?

    • Jamal7Mile

      Easy one, he got married…

      I think a beergut and suspenders are next. You know how wives affect men.

    • tony grand$

      There are those who voted for the appropriate candidate, & those who voted to see a (half)black man in office. How many people actually were familiar with Barak before he was elected commander-in-chief? Too many folks seem enamored with the concept of “change” without giving thought to the actions that have to take place, which by the way have nada to do with the hue of a man’s skin.

      The right guy, in the right place @ the right time. That’s it. Not black Jesus here to perform miracles @ our whim. Not some radical freedom fighter with his vision set on monopolizing the world’s democracy. Just a man voted president. Hip hop pres, I don’t think so. From what I’ve seen over the past several days, he doesn’t seem to be fuckin around @ all, the smilin & happy go lucky grinnin has disappeared. In fact, looks like he really doesn’t care for Joe Biden all that much. Its time to play ball, & somehow I don’t see where hip hop plays a part in the economic crisis, foreign affairs, and the overall pathetic state of America.

      Jay-Z could’ve used his verbal prowess more precisely & made some boasts of actuality in terms of what the people expect of the POTUS, hell, the nigga could’ve done HIS OWN song, instead pf piggybackin! That’s one of Americas problems to begin with.

      • Ron Coltrane

        the smilin & happy go lucky grinnin has disappeared.

        You noticed that too? Yeah. It’s great that rappers felt the need (or community service order) to become a part of the election. But Barack is not the hip-hop president. He’s a 47-year old president trying to execute probably half of the ideology he talked about during his run. Simple.

  • Dal

    yo you see FOX new getting at Jeezy and Jayz

    saying this song segregates America

    thats bull

    you should blog on that….. does the song do that?
    Hell nah

    Fuck Fox News and Bill Oreilly and Dennis miller

    • tony grand$

      @ dal

      I feel you. By Americanized standards, there’s a very thin line between pride & racism.

  • Jamal7Mile

    It’s a random thought but if you look at Jay-Z in the picture… do you get the feeling he’s thinking this?…

    “I’m the King of Rock/ there is none Higher./ Sucka MC’s/ should call me Sire./ To burn my kingdom/ you must use Fire./ I won’t stop rockin/ til I RETIRE (sike!)

    Hmm… can’t put my finger on it, but…

    • chillin mayne

      im glad u posted weak lyrics on a post about weak lyrics…since we exposin so called “talented rappers”, T.I. is too much..lets take a gander shall we?

      im the king of rock, there is none higher.. pretty witty…i like how he says hes king, and then mentions there is none higher…uhh.. u mean the king is the highest?…i coulda sworn the prince had more power

      sucka mcs, should call me sire….
      oooohh…look at da hot wordplay on dat one….NOT

      to burn my kingdom you must use fire..
      word??…thanks for the clarification T.I. personally, i was gonna try and burn it with sewer water…u mean to say dat shit aint gone work??…fire u say??…so i cant use snowballs to burn down ur kingdom???…

      billy u need to analyze T.I. lyrics on one of his “hot” songs…GRABAGe…da only witty thing i herd him eva say was “u need to scramble like eggs, and break fast” and das a biggie “inspired” line rite there

      errbody need to stop ridin dis ABC rappers dick…aint it ironic how him a flip was beefin ova king of da south??…dat shit had me rollin…Dr.Suess break off more complex rhymes dan T.I.

      • Jamal7Mile

        Youngsta, be happy my original post didn’t go through… it was twice as long as yours (thanks XXL).

        Re-read my post CAREFULLY and then re-read your reply. Where do I mention T.I.? And I’m not Billy X, either, although he could Ether you, too… easily…

        My name is JAMAL from DETROIT!! Some call me Mally Mal. I give you props for (somewhat) paying attention to class, though.

      • Dub Sac

        @ Chillin

        You haven’t heard of Run DMC?

  • http://xxl All Dae

    Yeah…this song sucks.

  • giantstepp

    Damn! Never heard the song but those lyrics SUCK! Big time. Thats Jay spittin that BS? Are you sure? Really?

    Good drop BXS!

  • DV8

    I dont know what Jay was thinking on this one. He tries to be too lyrical on this track and winds up not making sense and showing some ignorance as well.

  • Og Bobby J

    emphasizing the color of your lambo and its rims, directly after the skin color of the president is not to be taken seriously.
    ANybody seen the scale? Come on Jeezy.

    You’d think smart dumb nigga nas could see this shit. These fuckin rappers make a mockery out of themselves in the name of Obama. He must be just another built in excuse to act a fool.

    Billy…you check the slaughterhouse show last night at SOB’s?

    • yoprince

      at least with the jeezy part you could say he’s being quasi-political. like a commentary on all that he’s been exposed to as a black male and, the steps he felt he had to take to get money.

      that jay verse on the other hand is just warmed-over garbage much of it stolen from other sources.

    • these posts are racist


      i see you’re still using the n-word hu?

      • og bobby j

        when in rome….

        • these posts are racist

          You must mean the internet rome, since everyone knows neither you or M. Herbz would use the “N-Word” in the real world around real black people.

  • yoprince

    jay just kept it simple for the masses… again. this time.. super simple. in fact, jeezy’s verses were deeper than this. but to be honest, in this way, more ppl are gonna feel it, ignorant people sure, but more people all the same.

    i heard jay say once that when he makes songs he knows what parts people are going to remember easily and sing along to, which really explains it all. this is a verse that many ppl are going to like b/c it’s faux deep, but actually very simple and easy to recite. i’ve already seen ppl quoting it on their Facebook profiles… SMH

  • these posts are racist

    Nice drop…I co-sign.

  • El Tico Loco

    Sometimes I think some rappers would catch a writer’s block if they went broke because they wouldn’t have anything else worthwhile to rap about. SMH

  • Billy X. Sunday

    Pierzy what up? tpar what up? Herbz what up? amar what up? giantstepp what up? Dub Sac what up? Tony Grand$ what up? OG Bobby J what up?

    Yeah, you already know I went to the Slaughterhouse show. That was mandatory. It was actually a Budden show featuring Royce and Crooked and Joell Ortiz.

    I want to go really in depth on it so look for that as a Sunday school drop. I’m on lunch now at the 9-2-5 grind and my hangover is making me damn near psychotic.

    • tony grand$

      On Pulpit Day it is, Rev. Sunday.

      I’ll be sure to sport my Aretha Hat for men. Buckles, bells, whistles & hidden compartments for whoknowswhat.

      • Pierzy

        Yeah, I’ll be checkin’ for that drop!

  • superxshaz

    “Let’s be clear, I’m not looking to hear something with the depth of the 95 Theses…”

    you took me all the way back to sophomore year in my Global class XD


    That verse was pretty brave of Jigga; it shows that he’s unafraid to say shit that Obama won’t necessarily like, but also not scared to say something he’d secretly bump (NL).

  • PH

    I bet Eminem, Joel Ortiz and Andre 3000 would write a great song…this is damn sad that the so-called greatest can’t even make a decent song…did the have to say god-damn?, who in the hell can afford a Lambo?, the curses?

    Makes you miss LL, Latifah, Heavy D, Big Daddy Kane, Quest, De La and dem.

    We need the Native Tongues BACK!!!

  • Peru (Chicago)

    Its kinda fucked up how the most popular shit in rap is dumbed down shit and when a nigga gives you that you wanna pick at him like he is writing a manual script for a rocket. Ya’ll talking bout all that social consciousness shit is boring and ya’ll don’t wanna hear it but now you niggas complaining bout it not being there. WTF!!!

    • Jamal7Mile

      I respect you Peru… You smart and you listen to Hip-Hop Music, I can tell…

      That “social consciousness” ain’t boring to me, though. Nowadays, it AIN’T there like it used to be. EEEVVEERRYYBBOOODDDDY at the club except ME!!

      I’m OLD man (thirty-cough years old) and I can’t do the new Mr. iSellum dance. Did you see Beyonce’s YouTube clip when she dived head-first down them steps 1-2 years ago? When I saw that I said “Oh SHIT! I hope that ain’t the new dance that’s out,” cause I can’t be diving down no stairs like that, man!!

      I’m nolstalgic, yes, but not a relic. I loved Public Enemy and Willie D (who got CONTROVERSY??? What yaw know about THAT??) but Yung Joc don’t do it for me.

      I could write more but, fuck it… Cheers!!

  • Ron Mexico

    agreed, billy. shit’s hella weak.

  • Ali

    word to Amar, sorry bro but Jay won on Black Republicans and Success…….word to Billy X, yeah the verse is overrated but that sat walk run part is pretty sick lol….half right was ok too the rest sucks

    • amar

      i preferred nas on black republicans but jay-z on success

      i was talking about solo stuff though. Jay-z’s albums have been kinda weak, especially compared to nas’s. Hip hop is dead wasn’t that good, but it was still better than most of jay-z latest shit

      • Ali

        yeah I guess…..NaS is better overall, higher on my all-time list….but only by a little bit….I never liked his beat selection much

  • Jhon da Analyst

    I need an increase in my paycheck, amongst other things. “Bubbles” could sign off on a stimulus package, I wouldn’t give a fuck!!!