Rappers: Suckered by Obama's Charm, Just Like the Rest of Us...

Ah, it was a good time to be alive! During Obama’s campaign in 2008, we got hella-emotional, along with the rest of the young people and their Obama bumper stickers, pins, and rolling papers…

But now that President Obama has claimed the right to lock people up for life without trial, prevented any Bushcrime investigations, personally spilled a bunch of oil into the sea just to hurt people, etc., many of us feel a little silly about our election night “daps” and hugs; mean mugs and shoulder shrugs would have been more appropriate.

But we’re giving ourselves a break via the classic “rappers did it too” defense. Some pretty thug rappers dropped some pretty earnest bars in support of Obama. Will.I.Am’s “Yes We Can” video (sucks: see the Boondocks spoof, “Dick Riding Obama”) was just a well-publicized cream puff atop a cake of corny ass-kissing.

In “A Billi”, Jay-Z promised to buy llamas for everyone in the hood if Barack Obama didn’t make the change-ay he said he would:

Barack Obama, change gon' come
Or I'mma buy the whole hood llamas on me




Maybe the hood hasn’t heard of Glenn Greenwald; otherwise, they’d be marching on Washington to demand their motherfuckin llamas!

Obama captivated rappers' attention way before he decided to run for president. Back in 2005, on the remix to Jadakiss' “Why”, Common says:

Why is Bush acting like he trying to get Osama?
Why don’t we impeach him and elect Obama?




Prophetic words, Common. Did you also predict that by 2010 nobody would listen to your music?

Once he got elected, a couple rappers started up with the apologetics, telling us give it time, let Obama do his thing. In “‘08 Rap-Up” Madd Skillz sounds like a tween with the Obama version of Bieber madness:

We got to kill all the drama
Biggest moment EVER — Barack Obama (Yes, we can!)
First black president, please believe it
I’m just happy that my granny got a chance to see it
It’s time for a change
So don’t go and try to turn the inaugration into a All Star Game
Let’s act right, and show these kids
We can turn “Yes, we can!” into “Yes, we did!"
And Bush made it hard
Be patient, let that man go into the White House and do his job




We expect this sort of cornball suckerism from a pop-rapper like a Black Eyed Pea, or a backpack rapper like Madd Skillz. But what about rappers with more thuggish brands?

Young Jeezy, an actual drug dealer, expressed the same “it’s your fault if Obama doesn’t succeed” sentiment in “My President”:

Obama for mankind
We ready for damn change so y'all let the man shine




Juelz Santana signs up on “Black Republicans”:

I’m feeling like a black Republican — nah, I can’t call it
More like a black Democrat, running ‘em out of office
Young Barack Obama, I’m all for it




When asked how he felt about “Young Timothy Geithner”, Juelz said “I’m all for it…I like his hair”

On “Swag Surfin” Lil Wayne nods to Obama’s call for black men to accept fatherhood responsibilities:

I love my baby mommas, they get my highest honor
Gotta take care of them kids, man I know you heard Obama




Take care of your kids…a fine sentiment! To Obama’s credit, he seems to walk the walk on this issue…

Jay-Z gets grandiose with it on “My President is Black (Remix)”:

Rosa Parks sat so Martin Luther could walk
Martin Luther walked so Barack Obama could run
Barack Obama ran so all the children could fly




And later sexualizes the American flag:

Hello Ms America
Hey pretty lady
That red white and blue flag
Wave for me baby




Jay ends the song with a hopeful plea:

No more war
No more Iraq
No more white lies
The president is BLACK




0 for 4: still wars going on, Iraq still exists, people are still fibbing and — to top it all off — Obama is actually olive, if you look closely. Jay-Z doesn’t care though! He gets “baller White House access!”

(not pictured: unlimited Diet Cokes in glass bottles)

Bonus content! Notable non-dickriding Obama lyrics (click)