Reagan is the Pres but I voted for Shirley Chisholm
Representing Brooklyn, New York, politician and educator Shirley Chisholm had an impressive career in the 60s and 70s. Before the first black President was out of short trousers she had already become:
- the first black woman elected to Congress
- the first black presidential candidate
- the first woman to run for the Democratic presidential nomination
Chisholm had retired from politics by the time of this song so Biz deserves extra props for the shout out (and the implied Reagan diss).
This line has been recycled several times. Biz himself used a very similar lyric in “Biz Is Goin' Off”. It was updated for the Clinton era by Common in “Car Horn” and Method Man in “Maaad Crew”. And LL did the same for George W. Bush in “What You Want”. Nobody’s flipped the line under Obama yet.
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