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Ludacris Blasts Clinton, McCain in Pro-Obama Song

Rapper Ludacris, who owns a spot on Obama's Ipod, has released a new song called, "'Politics: Obama Is Here."

As you might imagine, controversy is already a-brewing.

Here are some highlights:

Hillary hated on you, so that b^$&%* is irrelevant

Paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified

McCain don't belong in ANY chair unless he's paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped

Take a listen:

Obama's camp condemned the song earlier today:

"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," said spokesman Bill Burton. "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."

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I like the song. There is nothing that he said that wasn't true. If the shoe was on the other foot and brittney spears came out with a simular song, would it really be an issue? Certain people are trying to find any excuse to not vote for Obama. It's not as if he wrote the song or even new Luda was making it. Those are Luda's views, not his. He shouldn't be penalized for what another man thinks or his actions. Obama is a great man who can bring change. I know some people don't like change, because it's new and frightful. That fear can turn into hate. We as American's should embrace the change and move foward. We shouldn't allow petty things to stop our growth, pull us back, and take us under.

Sent by Aja McDowell | 10:13 AM | 7-31-2008

On another site they talked about reparations. The people bitching about them want handouts and the rest of us want equality in education, the legal system and opportuntity in the job market and higher education. The rest just want a check.. Get over it, because it AIN'T Happening. Presidents are not dictators and the rest of white America.. you know the majority of the votes will not allow it. They simply do not care.

Sent by Obama lives in the real world and you should too. | 11:44 AM | 7-31-2008

Ludacris may assuredly have a right to his opinion - but in the political climate of our nation, he did not prove to be smart, thoughtful or a real support of Obama. His lyrics were offensive, whether you agree with his views about the people in question or not. Although it would be nice to live in a society where Obama would not be held responsible for the lyrics of someone who supports his candidacy, that is not where we live. Why give McCain's struggling campaign a gift and an even greater reason to create a further racial divide. I have followed Ludacris' career - and have admired other aspects of his work. He failed to be relevant in this song and created a distraction from the issues that matter most.

Sent by Aimee Laramore | 2:14 PM | 7-31-2008

I am not the least bit interested in hearing his lyrics.Rappers are the last people on this earth to be allowed to voice their opinions.Most of them are foul mouthed idiots with the morals of maggots.Obama does not need any help from him or his kind.Leave that rapping garbage on the streets where it belongs.

Sent by benzluva | 2:20 PM | 7-31-2008

That 'political voice' promise from hip hop never materialized. Which wasn't hip hops claim, but a label (or hope) from those who wrote about hip hop and it's meaning. Which sounded good to the hip hop I'm sure. But hey, as history would have it, those shinny objects proved too appealing in the end.
When it (political voice) does arrive and there have been attempts it's completely naive or unsophisticated, take your pick. Doesn't mean they should stop trying, but become more informed. Takes no talent to be or appear angry. Is that all you got?

Rap about why you like Obama and the type of world you envision because of that hope.

Sent by Jon J | 8:28 PM | 7-31-2008

Ludacris just went into my pile of "you're not helping" when it comes to Barack Obama's candicacy.

So for Luda to criticize the other candidates or surrogates, he committed gaffes of his own by using ageism and sexism lyrics in his rap.

Sent by Moji | 9:22 PM | 7-31-2008

I do not think it will hurt Obama because it is not like anyone has not said worst and Obama is clearly against this. It's not like he is sitting in Luda's corner egging him on. How can anyone hold Obama responsible? I have not heard the song but I am sure alot of people probably agree just not the way Luda did it.

Sent by andy | 1:02 PM | 8-1-2008

I LOVE DA SONG!!!! EVEN LIL WAYNE GOT A SONG!!!!OBAMA!!!!!!!STOP HATING

Sent by AMBER C. | 6:29 PM | 8-1-2008

There is a saying "everyone isn't stupid in an election year, they just get treated stupid".

I think this "issue" falls into that category.

Senator Obama didn't write the lyrics. Luda did. It's his opinion and he is allowed to voice it just like Rush Limba is allowed to voice his.

Most people understand that, and this never should have been an issue. I don't think the "black community" should worry too much about what the "white community" will think about the song; the part of the "white community" that helped put Obama in the race doesn't care, and the part that's afraid of him because he's black wasn't going to vote for him anyway.

Unfortunatly, the only ones that don't seem to understand this are the hundred or so that are in the campaign press pools...

Sent by Mitch | 10:43 AM | 8-2-2008

Does Ludacris really think he's helping Obama by producing such lyrics? If he does, it proves he doesn't understand how the masses among the voting general public perceives his work. If Ludacris wants to help Obama, dedicate himself to produce new work void of offensive or controversial language. If he's unwillingly to make positive changes in his own life, do Obama a favor. Send in a major contribution under someone's name the general voting population will think of as an appropriate source. If he truly wants to be supportive, he must stop trying to capitalize off the Obama name by producing works harmful to Obama's campaign.

Sent by Scarlet Morgan | 1:23 PM | 8-2-2008

There isn't anything in this song
that congressmen/women have not said
about bush and Hill maybe the chair part about mccain was a bit much
but Senator O didn't say it

Sent by miranda harris | 5:22 PM | 8-3-2008

This song is a perfect example of how hip Obama has become; hip enough to dedicate a Ludacris song to. His image is popular and for obvious reasons, which is why he makes a convincing subject for a popular hip hop song. I know, however, that more and more young people, who are generally thought to fall prey to such popular image, are giving their enthusiastic support to John McCain. I am one--and one of many seeing through the glimmer of his pop stardom.

Sent by William Hannegan, member of Young People for McCain | 5:45 PM | 8-4-2008

Damm, some of you are a bit harsh on Luda! The track wasn't bad. And what lofty aims. If he can call a Black woman a bitch, then why not Hilary (just kidding, no one deserves that, but this is Hip-Hop so it's gotta be raw- not glamour ghetto, but raw thats the art)

Sent by Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons | 7:33 AM | 8-7-2008

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