Put me on water, I'm a good floater

from Big Daddy Kane (Ft. Biz Markie) – Just Rhymin' with Biz Lyrics on Rap Genius


This seemingly innocuous lyric was likely a rebuttal to the racist comments by then-L.A. Dodger GM Al Campanis in an interview the previous year (1987). Campanis famously said that blacks are often poor swimmers “because they don’t have the buoyancy.” See this and some of his other racist remarks from the same interview below — the “buoyancy” remark occurs about two minutes in:


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