Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One (4th World War) (Motown, 2008) Retarded though it may have been, I found myself enjoying that "might have to flush the yayo" record Erykah Badu had out a few years ago. But then she just kinda up and disappeared. I'm assuming it was drugs. Or maybe she finally somehow managed to have the same effect on her own career as she's had on any number of rappers.
And after the jump is Ralph Nader on MSNBC explaining how Barack Obama used to be pro-Palestinian when he was in the Illinois State Senate, but now he's AIPAC's bitch. Anyone want to explain this one away as smart politics? C'mon, he's the first black man lightskinted enough to be elected president. It'll so be worth it.
Pete Rock, NY's Finest (Nature Sounds, 2008) You may remember Pete Rock from that time when he got chased around at a barbecue and beaten like a rented mule by his weed carriers the YGz. Or that time when CL Smooth suggested he had some personal hygiene issues in an interview with AllHipHop. This is his third or fourth solo album since I was a senior in high school.
If you haven't already illegally downloaded it, you can stream the entire thing off Pete Rock's MySpace profile.
Should Barack Obama have known better than to dress up as if he was trying out for a stage adaptation of one of those Danish Muhammad cartoons? Or could he ever have suspected that this would be an issue?
Of course I'm gonna go with the former, but you guys know I'm a hater like that.
With my Internets browsing history, I could never run for president anyway. But if I was, I would never wear any shit like that on GP. Because fuck Islam - not on the grounds that it was Muslims who blew up the World Trade Center (which it definitely was), but because it's bullshit.
Just like any other religion.
Even if Muslims never did anything other than beat the shit out of their wives with a stick for looking too slutty in public (which is understandable, if not condone-able), I could use someone with a much more secular world view running my country, thank you very much.
I understand that there isn't anything about the outfit that's necessarily Islamic, but come on... it's a fucking turban. The guy looks like a suicide bomber. If someone offered some shit like that for me to wear, I'd object if only because I wasn't sure if there was a bomb in it.
Perhaps even more problematic is that this latest kerfuffle provides some insight into Barack Obama's leadership ability. Or lack there of, I should say.
Case in point: How come Barack Obama can be photographed dressing up like a suicide bomber, and be in all kinds of churches and shit here in the US, but he can't be seen with Tavis Smiley at a conference seeking to put together a political agenda specific to the black community?
Now, I don't mean to suggest that Obama's faux pas here lies in that he put on the wrong hat while he was in Africa. Because I'm sure if he would've known better, he probably wouldn't have done that either. But I wonder: if he had more balls, would he even be in this situation?
Barack Obama had to have known decades ago that, if he was to run for president, people would try to paint him as a secret Muslim. Let alone two years ago. The guy's middle name is Hussein fer chrissakes! And yet, what has he done to remedy this issue other than to deny it up and down?
The obvious solution would be to find some Muslim and throw him under a bus. And then back it up and run over him again a few times, if necessary. An Arab Sister Souljah, if you will. Just like he's done with Tavis Smiley and various other black leaders, i.e. his own people.
And yet, to date I haven't heard of him doing anything of the sort. What gives? I'm sure the tendency is to want to suggest that Obama is playing smart politics, but my guess is something a lot nastier: an innate desire to please people in power, which in this country is obviously gonna mean white people and religious people.
In fact, the older I get, the more I realize that, if that's not the only way to get somewhere in this life, it's almost certainly the only way you can get to the point at which he's arrived. The guy's a (powerful) people pleaser - which might not be a bad quality to have in an election, but I wonder what good he could possibly do if he was elected.