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  • June/04/08--Nas To Speak On Obama In New Song

    It's no surprise that the thought-provoking Nas would be the first hip-hop artist to drop a song about Obama's run for the presidency. MTV News has a received a new song by the mic savant called "Black President." The record conveys Nas' hopes for Obama, should he win the election, and touches on some of the hardships he could face along the way.

    The cut, produced by DJ Green Lantern, starts with Obama being introduced as the next president of the United States. It then goes into Obama's speech from Tuesday night. The track builds with a sample of Tupac Shakur's voice: "Although it seems heaven-sent, we ain't ready to have a black president."

    Optimism then prevails with a man singing, "Yes, we can change the world." That's emphasized with a sample of Obama yelling, "Change the world!"

    Nas' first verse is almost like an open letter to the country: "They forgot us on the block/ Got us in the box/ Solitary confinement, how violent are these cops?"

    He ends his verse pointing the finger at some members of the black community. "A president's needed," he reiterates. "These colored folks and Negroes hate to see one of their own succeeding/ America: Surprise us, and let a black man guide us."
    When the second verse commences, Nas wonders what Obama might be thinking on election night. "Is it, 'How can I protect my wife, protect my life, protect my rights?' "
    Nas himself then expresses the slight misgivings he has about Obama: "I'm thinking, 'I can trust this brother, but will he keep it way real?' "

    "I was making the song for the Barack Obama mixtape, and Nas heard the song and called, like, 'Yo, I need that for my album,' " Green Lantern explained of how the song came about. "I said, 'Of course, but it's gotta come out now, 'cause it's so timely.' With his album dropping July 1st, it worked out. I think he does it justice. He not only supports the idea of Obama being the president, he actually questions it in the second verse in true Nas fashion. He's positive, uplifting, but critical at the same time."

    Earlier this month, Nas told MTV News that Obama's rise to prominence actually got him interested in politics again. The Queensbridge native did say that he had a very specific agenda he wanted Obama to address if he made it to office especially in the wake of the Sean Bell case.

    "There never been a president to address the slaughter of young black people by this country's police," Nas fumed. "When your government's police are killing one section of people, that's genocide. There's never been a president to even acknowledge it. You don't acknowledge that? That's a big thing President Obama has to recognize when he gets in office.

    "I'm five presidents in ... and I ain't seen nothing happen to stop the police murders on young, black people," he added. "Why would I believe in the system? With that being said, I think Barack can cure that disease and help cure the country. Not just in that area with us blacks, but also with all Americans. Women are getting treated like dogs. You know how hard it is for a woman to prove she was raped? The system is warped. They throw young guys who's starving in jail just trying to survive on the streets. Throw them in jail forever. Young kids, 18 years old, executed in Texas. Yet, child predators get to come home and do it again. I think it's so much our president can do. [Obama] seems like a human being. I say that because a lot of presidents don't seem like human beings. They seem like straight-up businessmen who care about nothing but the business. Nah, you gotta care about the people."

    "Black President" is slated to appear on Nas' forthcoming untitled LP (due next month) as well as his new street CD. The latter, a collaboration between the MC and DJ Green Lantern, will be released toward the end of this week. The mixtape has two covers: One depicting Nas with his mouth taped shut, the other with a photo of police brutality.

    Get informed! Head to Choose or Lose for nonstop coverage of the 2008 presidential election, including everything from the latest news on the candidates to on-the-ground multimedia reports from our 51 citizen journalists, MTV and MySpace's Presidential Dialogues, and much more.
    http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/158...ff_daddy.jhtml

  • #2
    dats wassup.....Nas is one of the realest rappers out there......some think it's not "gangsta" to rap about politics and shit.....let my n!gga Ice cube write a song.
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    • #3
      Sounds good.

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      • #4
        Maybe he'll call him a nigger.

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        • #5
          good!!!! this is what i want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fuck nas making good songs anymore, just try and be a politician.

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          • #6
            i'd like talib, common and lupe to remix this

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            • #7
              This is why Nas is the past,current,and future king of hip hop. Hip hop is speaking the people's minds just like punk. Nas is the only mainstream artist with the balls to tell the truth. I don't care if this album only sells 1 copy,it's art,it's a message,and it's realness.
              KING SHEAMUS

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              • #8
                HOV > nas > obama

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                • #9
                  I like Nas and all, but please Nas... don't make a song about Obama. Wait til he becomes president. The last thing we need is for old people (the majority of voters) that are voting to remember that the same dude with the controversial album also supports Obama. Obama if you're reading, dont take pics with Nas.

                  Rev. Wright's remarks, Father W1gger's standup comedy that offended Hillary, the flag pin incident, Michelle Obama talkin about White folks, and our country... and now Nas (the dude with the N*gger album) tribute to Obama... these are all things that (believe it or not) will make Obama appear more black and less democrat to these racially biased voters. Especially if Bill O'Racist brings it up on his show.
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                  • #10
                    People hate on 50 Cent when he hypes is album with beef or sales battle. Calling your album ''N*gger'', making a song about Obama ... pretty much in the same league for me.
                    Montreal Canadiens

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Ron Burgundy View Post
                      People hate on 50 Cent when he hypes is album with beef or sales battle. Calling your album ''N*gger'', making a song about Obama ... pretty much in the same league for me.
                      Well that's because you're an ignorant waste of sperm and eggs but hey, it's your right to be that way.
                      If you can't see the difference between fake beef and social statements then that is your problem and I feel sorry for your parents for having such a disappointing offspring.
                      Nigger > calling fat joe fat
                      KING SHEAMUS

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                      • #12
                        50 sparks beef because he is causing drama that in todays world could lead to a battle (death)
                        Where Nas callin his album ****** grabbed attention because of the meaning and use of a word

                        This seems cool

                        If this track is good .. i hope its not dj spins after dj spins .. Annoys me
                        Would love to see NAS , COMMON , LUPE , TALIB , ICE CUBE jump on an obama track

                        what im hoping for
                        IS A 2PAC SONG ABOUT OBAMA MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARING !!
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                        • #13
                          hot

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jeevan View Post

                            what im hoping for
                            IS A 2PAC SONG ABOUT OBAMA MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARING !!
                            that will be on the next album with songs about katrina and a diss to 50 cent

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by jeevan View Post


                              what im hoping for
                              IS A 2PAC SONG ABOUT OBAMA MYSTERIOUSLY APPEARING !!
                              i wrote this song a long time ago, a real long time ago!

                              lol, and check out the singles forum, the clean version is in, and i think it's pretty hot in my opinion.
                              Champagne for my real friends, Real pain for my sham friends.

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