Alert reader Nichelle sent this to Jack and me. It gave us a chuckle. On the one hand, it’s good to see rappers taking an interest in politics and encouraging their fans to vote. On the other hand, rap’s trash talk and competitive edge is not always a great mix with the happy shiny people vibe of politicians who slap each other’s back and glad hand at debates while trying to clobber each other at the polls.

It’s a good dub though. I thought it was kinda funny. It’s no though. And hip hop — take a lesson. Your candidate will have to pretend like he doesn’t know you if you make raps like this to uh, “help” him. You may look cool on the internets and youtube, but you won’t look cool to the candidate.

According to Stereohyped, Obama has already moved quickly to put as much distance as possible between Ludacris and himself:

“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.”

The actual lyrics — after the jump.

I’m back on it like I just signed my record deal
yeah the best is here, the Bentley Coup paint is dripping wet, it got sex appeal
never should have hated
you never should’ve doubted him
with a slot in the president’s iPod Obama shattered ’em
Said I handled his biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that b^$&%* is irrelevant
Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?
if you said it then you meant it how you want it have a gut!
and all you other politicians trying to hate on my man,
watch us win a majority vote in every state on my man
you can’t stop what’s bout to happen, we bout to make history
the first black president is destined and it’s meant to be
the threats ain’t fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
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
McCain don’t belong in ANY chair unless he’s paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and I throw em like candy wrap
cause what you talking I hear nothing even relevant
and you the worst of all 43 presidents
get out and vote or the end will be near
the world is ready for change because Obama is here!
cause Obama is here
The world is ready for change because Obama is here!

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