(CNN) – Barack Obama made a splash in the hip-hop world last summer when his name showed up as a lyric in two singles from Common and Talib Kweli.
Then came the online mega-hit “Yes We Can” by Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas, who artfully re-mixed Obama’s New Hampshire election night speech into a star-studded music video that racked up millions of views on video-sharing Web sites.
Big-name performers like Jay-Z, T.I. and 50 Cent have all endorsed Obama, and Mos Def even campaigned for him before the North Carolina primary.
Now that Obama has secured the Democratic nomination, a new mix tape is making waves on the Internet - “Black President,” from the New York-based rapper Nas and DJ Green Lantern.
The song opens with a memorable line from Obama’s victory speech in Iowa (“They said this day would never come”), and then dips into a sample from Tupac Shakur’s 1998 hit “Changes” (“We ain’t ready to have a black president”).
The track’s chorus quickly counters Tupac’s decade-old lament with a sing-songy take on Obama’s campaign mantra – “Yes we can/change the world!”
Nas, apparently, is a campaign news junkie. The song slams Obama’s former spiritual mentor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright with the lyric, “You ain’t right, Jeremiah/Wrong pastor.”
He also accuses John McCain of pandering during his April visit to Memphis on the 40th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s murder, when McCain apologized for his 1983 vote against a federal King holiday: “We ain’t falling for the same traps standing on the balconies/Where they shot the King at/McCain got apologies/Ain’t nobody hearing that/People need honesty.”
Nas’s rhymes are, at moments, optimistic: “I think Obama provides hope and challenges minds of all races and colors to erase the hate/And try to love one another/So many political snakes.”
But it’s clear he remains cynical about the political process, wondering if Obama will remain true to his convictions and tackle issues facing inner-cities and the prison system if elected. “When he wins, will he really care still?” Nas asks.
According to MTV News, “Black President” will be released on Nas’ upcoming LP, due out in July.
Here come these wannabe idiots trying to make a buck by using Obama's good name in their trashy songs.
Don't really listen hip hop anymore .. but i'll take a listen to this tune ..
Obama is not a good candidate for the Democratic party.
He will not bring the world together.
He has fought to bring us apart.
Obama has fought not to have Michigan and Ohio seated.
He brought up race to divide the party
He lost the white vote with his Father Pflager.
He's doing a great job. Please.
Black American and Black votes
When will this stop.
There are white, yellow and brown.
17 percent of our nation is black.
17 percent will have a black reaction.
Thank you. Now go get more votes.
I didn't realize that Nas was a superdelegate.
We can only hope he does Nas. We've gotta try something new cause the old aint working.
ENOUGH ALL READY, DID ANYONE SEE MICHELLE OBAMA HAND GESTURE TO OBAMA THE NIGHT HE WAS GRANTED THE ENDORSEMENT BY THE SUPERDELEGATES. IT WAS VERY UNPROFESSIONAL, SHE REALLY LACKS POLISH. AND THEN OBAMA PATS HER BUTT LIKE A FOOT BALL PLAYER TO SCOOT HER OFF THE STAGE. YEAH THIS IS GONNA BE GREAT. HE DISRESPECTED HIS WIFE, AND ALL WOMAN WITH THAT MOVE. I CANT WAIT TO SEE THE LINE OF DIGNITARIES AWAITING A RECEPTION LINE AND MICHELL OBAMA HIGH FIVING EVERYONE. JACKIE O SHE IS NOT.
I LOVE IT!!
LET'S GO DEMOCRATS!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm just gonna sit here and watch the comments pile up. They will all fall into two categories:
*"Why does this matter?"
Who says Hip Hop talks about a bunch of nothing?
trashy songs for a trashy presidental candidate
Yet it's NOt about race?
If Obama becomes President, is every headline going to read: "First African American," "History Making..." etc...
We got it already, it's amazing to me, Obama did not want this to be about race and he didn't want his middle name used.
Also, in essence, shouldn't it be "First Bi-racial Nominee," I mean afterall this is how he spun it during the primaries.
I really hope that we don't have to be reminded that he is AA for 4-8 years.
Though it's not about race, yeah right.
Michelle will remind us of that!
OBAMA REACHES PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE SPECTRUM. THIS IS PROOF THAT THE MAN INSPIRES SOMEONE TO MAKE AN ALBUM BASED ON THE GOOD EXAMPLE HE'S MAKING DURING HIS LIFE. HIS PRESENCE UPLIFTS YOUNG BLACK MALES LIKE MYSELF. I DONT CARE IF THE ALBUM SELLS WELL BUT IM BUYING IT.
hes not black people!
"The song opens with a memorable line from Obama’s victory speech in Iowa (“They said this day would never come”), and then dips into a sample from Tupac Shakur’s 1998 hit “Changes” (“We ain’t ready to have a black president”).
Sooo... I guess I don't understand. This is supposed to be pro-Obama?
DON'T LISTEN TO THIS CRAPPY MUSIC NEVER HAVE, YOU CAN'T EVEN UNDERSTAND THEM.
Just what Obama is some rapper supporting him.He has had enough support from idiots.
I am so sick of race, will it never end? Obama, Michelle, Oprah, Wright, Pfleger, MLK... it never seems to stop even for a day. What will the next 4 years be like? God Help us if Obama should actually win in November. Keep pointing out our differences until we all say yeah, your right, we are very different and it is not just the color of our skins.
Obama was also mentioned in Lupe Fiasco's 1st Album.
This was before Obama annouced he's run for the White House.
I'm a white woman.
I like hip hop.
I'm an Obama supporter who was at the inspirational speech he made on Tuesday. He did NOT pat her butt and while you are free to hold your opinion, everyone I've talked found their "bump" refreshing because they are a presidential couple who obviously loves each other deeply rather than being a frigid marriage of convenience.
Last but not least, of course race is a part of this because it is so historic (just as is the case with Clinton being a woman and JFK being a Catholic). That does NOT mean though that people are voting for him because of race or that he has intentionally played the race card. His love for his white grandparents is clear and makes it obvious that he has no interest in deliberately alienating white voters.
Nas who? LOL
Whatever happened to him ??
Mr Creative Effort looks like he is stoned.................you Dems need more endorsements like this........maybe one from Bubba?
I want a Hilliary support to answer this question. I wanted some facts. Why would you vote for McCain. I wanted to talk about some issues like health care, war in Irag, housing market, social securtiy, bush taxes cuts, pro lofe or pro choice. Please can someone tell me how you supported Hilliary but now support McCain. I will post this messeage everyday until I get a real answer. Please just tell the truth.
Oh yeah, this was not racist until he won the nomination. Now listen to them.