Rapper and Obama supporter Ludacris (aka Christopher Bridges) has released a new song called "Politics: Obama Is Here."
The lyrics champion Obama's groundbreaking campaign in a way that seems designed to create controversy:
So get off your ass, black people, it's time to get out and vote!
Paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified
Ludacris also attacks politicians who he thinks have "hated on" Obama — including Hillary Clinton, whom he discribes as an "irrelevant b*tch" and John McCain ("McCain don't belong in any chair unless he's paralyzed"), as well as Jesse Jackson and President Bush.
To put it mildly: heads are exploding in Chicago and the right-wing blogs are having a field day.
Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton issued this rapid-fire response:
As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn't want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics.
Ludacris and Obama have a history. They met privately in 2006 to discuss AIDS awareness, and Obama recently told Rolling Stone that he has Ludacris songs on his iPod and considers the rapper a "great talent and businessman" — a compliment Ludacris cites in the song.
Maybe he'll be Obama's next baggage-laden friend on the RNC's BarackBook.