Thursday, August 27, 2009

This Might Offend My Political Connects

This week your boy Young Hov (i.r.l. Shawn Carter) has graduated in political news from being "that one song" in Obama's iPod to actually tooling up and taking it to the streets with two of America's biggest icons on the Right: Bill O'Reilly and the kingpin himself, Rush Limbaugh. Jay-Z's latest album, The Blueprint 3, features a song titled "Off That" in which J has the following to say about the dynamic duo:

“Black vs. white my nigga, we off that.
Please tell Bill O'Reilly to fall back.
Tell Rush Limbaugh
to get off my balls,
it's 2010 not 1864.
Ah, Yeah we come so far.
So I drive around town hard top
and its off.
Ah, And my trop at the loft,
with my high brow, Ah,
and my high yellow broad
Ah, And my dark skin sense,
and my best white mate say whats up to Chris.

Ah, How's that for a mix,
got a Black president,
got green presidents.”

On Monday, Bill O'Reilly responded on FOX News with the following:

“A regular Otis Redding isn't he?"

The following day, Rush Limbaugh, who some might argue has emerged as the de facto leader of the Conservative Movement after the 2008 election, had the following response:

“I have been mentioned in a rap song by the rapper Jay-Z…I guess it means I made it, I'm now in a rap tune by the famous rapper Jay-Z. ‘Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls, tell Bill O'Reilly to fall back.' I would remind the rapper Jay-Z, Mr. Z, it is President Obama that wants to mandate circumcision. We had that yesterday, and that means if anybody… if we need to save our penises from anybody, it's Obama. I did not know I was on anybody's balls either. I'm happy to know that they think I am though. But I didn't… I didn't actually know that I was.”

Not much of a retort from the big guy, but an acknowledgement all the same. We have to commend Jay-Z for accomplishing that which not even RNC Chairmen Michael Steele was able to do - speak out publicly against Rush Limbaugh and not apologize for it. (Michael Steele, of course, perhaps set the record for the fastest retraction of a Limbaugh criticism in political history earlier this year when he called Limbaugh an "entertainer")

This is not the first time hip hop artists have gone into battle with Bill O'Reilly. Before this latest round with Jay-Z, hip hop icon Nas led a protest in NYC against Bill O'Reilly and Fox News for their racially biased coverage of then Presidential candidate Obama; before that ATL artist Ludacris went a few rounds with O'Reilly after O'Reilly cost Luda his Pepsi endorsement. Nevertheless, Jay-Z became one of the more vocal hip hop artists to voice his support for President Obama both during and after the 2008 Presidential Election, so it was only a matter of time before he bumped heads with two of Obama's biggest critics: O'Reilly and Limbaugh.

Since explicit lyrics are found in all forms of music (not just Hip Hop) why
is Bill O'Reilly/Fox News on a crusade against Hip Hop artists specifically? Can Hip Hop artists succeed where liberal politicians have failed in putting the Far-Right in its place? Why is the mainstream media not giving this more clock?

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