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Bad rap

Last year I linked to a video by those bad-boy prep school-Ivy League rappers and Fox News favorites known as the Young Cons, who brought us such memorable rhymes as:

Three things taught me conservative love:
Jesus, Ronald Reagan, plus Atlas Shrugged.

Since then they’ve released another video featuring a life-size cutout of their hero Ronald Reagan and repeated sampling of Reagan telling us that government is the problem, not the solution.

And for fans of mindless, ideologically-blinkered political rap, there’s more. British rapper Lowkey (who gave Harry’s Place a shout-out at a Stop the War meeting last year) has a video called “Obama Nation”– which, remarkably, was also the clever title of a hatchet-job book about the then-presidential candidate by far-right author Jerome Corsi.

The video opens with Lowkey intoning: “This track is not an attack upon the American people. It’s an attack upon the system in which they live.” Well, OK then. Of course he then goes on to denounce over-consumption by, um, the American people.

He continues: “Since 1945 the United States has attempted to overthrow more than 50 foreign governments” as the names of countries and years flash by at blinding speed. Some of them are valid, others questionable at best. (France 1965? Costa Rica 1970-71? Bulgaria 1990?) Here’s the list that Lowkey used.

Lowkey assures us: “I’m not anti-America, America is anti-me.” But, sir, we hardly know you.

According to the YouTube site, the video is “BANNED FROM TV.” What does that mean? If I tried tried to get my Soviet Days video onto TV, and nobody was interested in broadcasting it, I might be disappointed but I wouldn’t be vain enough to claim it was banned.

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