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Obama “Troubled” Over Some Rap Lyrics, Says “Yes We Can”

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Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, is a fan of some rap music but he recently voiced a concern many hip-hop lovers have been discussing for years.

“I am troubled sometimes by the misogyny and materialism of a lot of rap lyrics,” the Democratic presidential contender said in an interview with Rolling Stone, “but I think the genius of the art form has shifted the culture and helped to desegregate music.”

He also gave a shout out to Russell Simmons and Jay-Z as “great talents and great businessmen.”

“It would be nice if I could have my daughters listen to their music without me worrying that they were getting bad images of themselves,” he added.

The interview, in this week’s magazine, also sees him discuss the artists found on his iPod which include Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones and more.

In related news, Black Eyed Peas member recently said in a separate Rolling Stone interview he created “Yes We Can,” the award-winning, star-studded video ode to Obama, for the sake of the kiddies.

“Children say, ‘I wanna be like 50 Cent, I wanna be like Kanye West,’” he opined. “Shouldn’t they say, ‘I wanna be like Barack Obama?’”

More with on the story behind the creation of the “Yes We Can” video


R. Kelly Trial Adjourned Due To Surprise Witness

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R. Kelly’s child pornography trial was adjourned today after the singer’s lawyer revealed he received a call from a potential informant.

Judge Vincent Gaughan said attorneys needed time to depose the man, who potentially could impeach someone else’s testimony.

Kelly, 41, has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of child pornography for allegedly videotaping himself having sex with an underage girl. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Kelly’s current single, “Hair Braider” is from his upcoming album due in July

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Slick Rick Finally Gets Governor’s Pardon… No More Deportation Threats (We Hope)

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After years of deportation woes, hip-hop legend Slick Rick has finally been pardoned by New York’s Governor and will be allowed to stay in the Bronx where he has been a resident since the age of 11.

“My family and I are eternally thankful to Governor Paterson, my attorneys Michael Krinsky and Craig Kaplan at Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman and to all of the people who have supported me throughout the past seventeen years,” Slick said in a statement. “This has been a long and difficult road and I am happy for this to be settled once and for all. I look forward to enjoying this time with my family and friends and to continue leading an honest and productive life.”

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Jay-Z Song Reference Mistaken By Geraldine Ferraro As “Sexist”

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A day after saying she wouldn’t vote for Barack Obama if he becomes the Democratic nominee, Geraldine Ferraro (a Democrat ) criticized him for what she thought was a sexist gesture, which in actuality was a cultural reference to a Jay-Z song.

Months ago, when Hillary Clinton threw every dirty political trick at Obama, he delivered a speech where he calmly brushed “the dirt” off his shoulder as a reference to Jay-Z’s massive hit “Dirt Off Your Shoulder.”

Obama Brushes Dirt Off His Shoulder

Ferraro, seemingly out of touch with modern-day music, criticized this cultural reference as a diss to all women.

“And when something else was said about the campaign, this thing, flicking it off, diminishing her,” she complained. “Sorry. That’s not done. Women don’t like that.”


Police Who Murdered Sean Bell Fully Acquitted

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 The three detectives who killed Sean Bell were found not guilty on all charges Friday morning. Mr. Bell, an innocent man and father to an infant, celebrated his bachelor party shortly before dying in a hail of 50 police bullets outside a club in Jamaica, Queen hours before the 23 year-old was to be maried.

Many hip-hop artists had previously protested the murders, including Nas who referred to the detectives as “gangsters.”

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NY Newsday: See video of reactions to this verdict


Hip-hop And Rap Songs For The New President

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We went looking for non-superstar rap videos that supported either Obama, Clinton and/or McCain, but the only “supportive” clip was for Obama. The rest were kind of mean but hey they were funny so here we go…

6th Sense – “Ignite The People” (Like Obama) Directed by Joey Anger (thanks to Roberto Santos for sending this in)
The TX Rapping Pizza (huh?) explores another Clinton presidency with “Bush Clinton Dynasty”… brings us John McCain Kicks It “Old School” – (McCain Rap Song)

And of course, we can’t forget this oldie but goodie (shot before Obama took the lead) from Mad TV…


Bobby Brown Gets Child Support Offer From DC Radio Station

by West ·

Jailed Booby Bobby Brown has gotten a child support offer from a radio show; Washington DC’s Hot 99.5.

The radio’s morning guy, Kane, said, “We have $19,150 to give to Bobby Brown to pay for the child support he owes… We’re willing to do this in return for him hanging out with us for a week and helping out with the community.”

On Monday, Brown was ordered to stay in a county jail until he pays $19,000 in late child support and court fees. He remains there as of today.

Claiming the offer was motivated by concern for Brown’s kids as well as publicity purposes, Kane went on to assure, “We’re going to keep an eye on him and put him up in a hotel and treat him like a king… because he is Bobby Brown. We’re going to make sure he stays straight and off of drugs and maybe he can even help us sell some Girl Scout cookies around the metro area.”

Update: Thursday, March 1

As of this update post, we have not been able to confirm with either radio station who made Brown the offer first, however Eight In The Box reports that Rick and Bubba did make Brown an offer as well.


Fabolous To Go “From Nothing To Somethin’” In March

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Newly signed to Def Jam, Fabolous is gearing up for the release of his fourth album, From Nothin’ To Somethin, on Mar. 27.

The Brooklyn rapper’s long-awaited set features production from Timbaland (guess he’s back to producing rap now)  and Jazzy Pha as well as guests Ne-Yo and Young Jeezy, whose penchant for “inspirational” music seems to have rubbed off on Fabby.

“The album is called From Nothin’ To Somethin’,” Fabolous told MTV News. “That’s the movement we going with, man. It’s a new year, everybody’s on their hustle.For everybody that’s trying to turn nothing into something, we’re trying to make motivational music for them.”

The first single “Diamonds” featuring Young Jeezy. Check it out below.

AUDIO:  Fabolous – “Diamonds” featuring Young Jeezy



Gerald Levert Died Of Accidental Drug Combination

by West ·

Three months after an untimely death, it has been discovered that Gerald Levert accidentally died of a lethal combination of prescription narcotics and over-the-counter medications.

According to the coroner, drugs in the popular singer’s bloodstream included the narcotic pain relievers Vicodin, Percocet and Darvocet, plus anxiety medication Xanax and two over-the-counter antihistamines.

The official cause of death was acute intoxication, and the death was ruled accidental. The autopsy also revealed that Levert had pneumonia.

According to reports, Levert took the pain meds for chronic shoulder pain and pain stemming from a 2005 surgery to repair a severed Achilles tendon. He also took Xanax to cope with anxiety attacks.
As previously reported, Levert’s posthumous album, In My Songs, is due Feb. 13.


College Parties Embrace Gangsta Rap Stereotypes And Cause Racial Outrage

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Our Editor, Ife Oshun, rants about the “gangsta party” craze that’s been sweeping college campuses lately and sees white kids “dress in gang gear and drink malt liquor from paper bags.”

Getting the ideas for these parties from rap videos and songs, these individuals have also been seen in blackface, padding their pants to have bigger behinds and throwing gang signs.

Then they post their party pics on places like Facebook and other photo sharing sites.

“What’s really ‘wrong,’” says Ife, “is these people don’t realize how ass-out stupid they look.”

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