Rappers React to Rush Limbaugh’s Comments About Rap

Outspoken radio host Rush Limbaugh is blaming hip-hop for his recent inappropriate statements and rappers are firing back.

After more than 30 national advertisers, including AOL, JC Penny and Capital One, dropped him for calling Georgetown University law student Sandra Fluke a “slut” and “prostitute,” Limbaugh apologized on his syndicated radio show and issued a statement saying he was sorry. But when more advertisers continued to part ways with him, Limbaugh resorted to blaming hip-hop for his tactless actions live on his show Monday (March 5).

“Talk about a double standard,” Limbaugh said. “Rappers can say anything they want about women. It’s called art. And they win awards.”

That statement isn’t sitting well with the hip-hop community. XXLMag.com reached out to a number of rappers, who blasted Limbaugh for attempting to use rap music as a scapegoat.

“Either you’re going to be a fact-based influencer of society or you’re going to be an objective art-based influencer. Choose,” Atlanta rapper Killer Mike told XXLMag.com. “You’re not an artist. I doubt you’d be good if you were one, but you present yourself as a fact-base presenter of Republican issues. Our art is subjective—you can choose to listen or not. But he presents himself as a fact person and since he chooses to do that, he should be dealt with by the full extent of the public outcry.”

Mike adds that blaming hip-hop for their personal problems isn’t anything new for certain public figures.

“Every time a White man gets in trouble, he pulls this shit,” Mike added. “Bill O’Reilly does this shit, Don Imus does this shit. We don’t want to be your scapegoats. Don’t blame the Black guys when you fuck up! We don’t want any parts of Mr. Limbaugh.”

Bun B agrees.

“As a member of the hip-hop community, let me just say that Rush Limbaugh has no validity or any credibility to speak on behalf of the hip-hop nation, on what we say or on what we do,” Bun said. “Secondly, I think it’s very weak of him and cowardly as a man to not just simply own what it is that he said himself instead of trying to deflect it. If I’m not mistaken, he’s the main person that always wants to talk about people deflecting from the real issue.

“We’ve had people [in the hip-hop community] lose sponsorship because of language before,” the legendary Houston MC continued. “We had Bill O’Reilly playing this whole thing to get Ludacris dropped from Pepsi based on his comments, and Rush Limbaugh had no problem with that. So, you popped the pill, now swallow it. Again, we give no validity to people like him when they try to make an argument about what we should be doing in our community.”

Limbaugh called Fluke a “prostitute” after she attempted to testify at a House committee on contraception, arguing that women who ask the public to help pay for their birth control should post sex tapes online “so we can all watch.” After advertisers began to flee, Limbaugh issued an apology on his radio show and via a written statement.

“My choice of words was not the best, and in the attempt to be humorous, I created a national stir. I sincerely apologize to Ms. Fluke for the insulting word choices,” he said on his show.

When the mass exodus of advertisers continued, Limbaugh went fromdefense to offense, suggesting he shouldn’t be damned for what he said if rappers who use derogatory language toward women aren’t. JC Penney and Capital One were among the latest advertisers to drop Limbaugh. —Mark Lelinwalla with additional reporting by Mariel Concepcion

  • http://DETROITRAP.COM JT

    LOL IM A RAPPER BUT I AINT MAD IM NOT BIG FAN OF DIS DUDE BUT I AGREE SHOOT I SAY BAD SHIT ALL TIME OPPS I DID AGAIN FUCKKK SHIITTT DAMN COCKSUCKERRR SLUT HOR DAMN WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME MUST BE THE RAP LOL NO BUT ON DA REAL ON A THIRD PARTY VIEW OUT SIDE DA BOX AND GIVING A TRUE LOOK ON THIS RAPPERS DO SAY IT ALL TIME AND YOU DAMN WELL NO IF THIS WAS A DEM OR SOME ONE THESE RAPPERS LIKE THEY WOULD STICK UP FOR HIM I MEAN KEEP IT REAL THESE RAPPERS NO THEY ONLY SAYIN THIS CAUSE ITS RUSH EVERYONE I TALK TO CANT STAND DUDE ITS FUNNY IF ITS SUMONE U SUPPORT U LIKE DONT SAY NOTHING IF SUMONE U HATE OR ON THE OTHER SIDE U HATE I AINT NO REPULBCIAN BUT I ALWAYS SAY IT HOW IT IS I KEEP IT REAL FOR EXSAMPLE IF MY PRESIDENT SAID THIS EVERYONE WOULD OF BEEN LIKE YEAHHH OR WOULD NOT SAID NOTHING YALL CRACK ME UP AND FAR AS DAT SANDRA FLUKE CHICK I AGREE I SHOULDNT HAVE TO WORK MY ASS OFF WHICH I DO IN DETROIT TO PAY SOME CHICKS PILLS SO SHE CAN GO GET HER FREAK ON LMAO I AGREE WITH SUM OF THAT STUFF BUT THE OTHER HALF I DISSGREE RUSH SHOULD OF HANDLED IT DIFFERANT BUT HEY ALEAST DUDE APOLIGIZED BILL MAHER CALLS SARAH P AND TONS OF CHICKS, PEOPLE BITCHS HOES LOL EVERY WORD IN BOOK AND NO ONE COMIN AT HIM OR FIRIN HIM OR PULLIN OUT ADS EVERYONE PRAISES HIM AND THE LIST GOES ON NO APOLIGIES ATLEAST DUDE APOLIGIZED DOOR SWINGS BOTH WAYS BUT HEY REALLY WHO GIVES F NONE OF THESE DUDES GIVING ME MONEY LOL BUT THAT SANDRA CHICK WILL BE TAKIN MONEY OUT OF MY CHECK BUT SHE AINT NO ROBBER THAT BE LIKE ME BOUT TO GET MY FREAK ON WITH A CHICK AND SHE SAYS HEY DO U GOT A CONDOM? I BE LIKE HOLD ON THEN I WALK AROUND CORNER AND PUT MY SKI MASK ON AND PULL MY 40 ON SUM DUDE AND SAY GIVE ME YOUR FN MONEY I NEED TO GET MY FREAK ON LOL EVEN THOU YOU CAN GET EM FOR FREE TONS OF PLACES AND THOSE PILLS U CAN GET FREE TOO SO I DONT NO WHY THIS NEW HEALTH PLAN IS EVEN ALLOWING THIS YOU CAN GET EM FREE AT CLINICS OR CHEAP ASS HELL BUT I THINK ITS FUNNY THIS CHICK WANTS OUR MONEY TO GET PILLS EVEN THOU SHE GOT LOTS MONEY AND GOES HUGE EXPENSIVE COLLEGE LMAO COME ON MOST OF US RAPPERS THAT AINT MADE IT YET HAVE TO WORK OUR ASS OFF OR ROB OR HUSTLE LOL THIS WORLD IS CRAZY LIKE EM SAID “IT WASNET ME IT WAS THE RAPMUSIC AND PEPERIMENT SNOPPS”

    • Sleep905

      Bill Maher is a comedian not a real issues radio host

  • DJ 1Mic

    you’re not a rapper, just cause you get drunk and rap freestyles with ya homies doesn’t make you a rapper… you’re obviously mentally challenged trying to write up some long ass rhetoric trying to pretend to be a rapper, or be a parody of some rapper, lol you are a joke buddy, move on… and don’t come round hip hop again… not a threat its just the net, but you are not welcome, respected or taken seriously, so move on sir

    • http://getdatmoneyyy.weebly.com/ thankyou

      Yah JT is some crack nigger, that needed to be said

  • madkameljokee

    holy fuck, there is literally ONE comma in JT’s speech.

  • AJ

    Wow, as a white woman, who is not a fan of rap, I applaud what the rappers said in response to Rush. I especially loved the line, “Every time a White man gets in trouble, he pulls this shit.”

    Well said gentlemen.

    • crooklynite

      and yet here u are in a rap site speaking on rappers’ opinions.

      Well said AJ

  • JD

    This old a _ _ has been has completely lost it.
    It is clearly time for retirement.

  • Da homie MP

    Man i love Killer Mike, always talking on part of the rap community! Just comes to show how wrong Limbaugh is about the rap society. Man, wake the fuck up!

  • adrian smith birmingham england

    fuck rush limbaugh racists right wing lets all play the blame game he is losing money big time he ain’t sorry hip hop ain’t got fuck all to do with it wake up call punk ass bitch fuck him and the rest of the right wing posse worldwide far right

  • http://xxlmag.com John Q

    Rush is an idiot!!! Point blank I don’t think it has anything to do with race!!! We as Hip Hop, only talk about women who are ho’s and bitches. We don’t mean every female is a bitch or, a slut. People who take offense are just ignorant because if the shoe fits then wear it!!!!

  • Coolin

    Rush was wrong for comparing the two.

    Black folk play the blame game way, way more than the white folk now of days. This isn’t up for debate either.

    If I had a daughter like Sandra Fluke I would disown her for even being able to be put in that light of looking slutty. Who wants a slut for a daughter.

  • land lord

    I’m totally convinced that Rush is the DEVIL!!! How can anyone as successful as he is be filled with soo much hatred?? Dude is wicked but in the words of Scarface:”Every dog has his day”.

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