How will this play in the Heartland?
The Brody File has a 2004 YouTube video in its possession where Barack Obama talks about how his three year old daughter (at the time) loves to listen and dance to the rap song, "Drop it like its Hot." Obama said that his daughter thought the song was "Drop it like a Sock."
Watch Obama make those comments here.
The original version of that song may not make the "family value" playlist, but the radio version of that song is much tamer. Still, the tamer version talks about pimps and sex. Look it up.
If you're not familiar with the song, the cleaned up version is here:
There are two points as to why The Brody File felt compelled to run this video.
First of all, Obama is making a concerted effort to reach out to faith voters, especially Evangelicals. But if you're going to allow your three year old daughter to listen to a song like that (no matter if she doesn't understand the lyrics) I think that will give faith voters pause. Forget faith voters. It may give others pause too. Secondly, Obama has associations with popular rap artists and has made it clear that he does like some rap music, but has issues with the lyrics. Obama has been outspoken about how rap artists need to clean up their act and he's been very public about how these lyrics are offensive. But he has also said that he is for freedom of speech and that parents must take the lead and control what their children listen to and watch on TV.
Read a clip from The Brody File vault where he talks about this very subject. Watch him talk about demeaning lyrics in an interview I did in Detroit.
So two questions: Is he turning off potential voters in the heartland by aligning himself with some of these artist? And is it somewhat hypocritical for Obama to criticize these rap artists and yet listen to the music?
Obama is going to have to walk a fine balancing act. It's one that many African Americans have had to do for sometime - living in two different worlds -- because he doesn't want to alienate his supporters in Urban America, yet he doesn't want to turn off those who may not understand this connection. This election is forcing the nation to deal with some hard, unpleasant realities and issues that are not going to go away.
Plus, the reality is that quite a few of the songs that are played on the radio today - be it country, hip-hop, top 40 have questionable lyrics. As a parent, it's hard decipher, in many cases, what's good from what's bad because so much of it is coded.
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