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Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 05:27 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

LMAO at this song...so funny but so TRUE
'scuse the profanity, y'all...

George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People
by The Legendary K.O.

http://www.k-otix.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=55&Itemid=2

RADIO VERSION CLICK HERE
http://www.archive.org/download/George_Bush_Doesnt_Care_About_Black_People_Radio _Edit/GeorgeBushDoesntCareAboutBlackPeopleRadioEdit.mp3


I heard about it from the following trib article:

Anger, straight outta Katrina
http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-0509150185sep15,1,1809735. story?coll=chi-ent_music-hed

chicagotribune.com

http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-0509150185sep15,1,1809735. story?coll=chi-ent_music-hed

GULF COAST CRISIS: CRITIC'S VIEW

Anger, straight outta Katrina
Kanye West's harsh comments about President Bush have inspired a
galvanizing piece of pop music, Tribune rock critic Greg Kot
writes


By Greg Kot

September 15, 2005

Kanye West is a musical powerhouse with the nation's top-selling
album at the moment. Now, even the words West utters offstage
and outside the recording studio carry weight, and inspire outrage
and creativity.

West's harsh criticism of President Bush during a nationally
televised benefit concert nearly two weeks ago ratcheted up the
volume in a national debate about the Hurricane Katrina relief
effort. It also has sparked one of the more potent political protest
songs of recent years, "George Bush Doesn't Care About Black
People," by the Houston rap group the Legendary K.O.

The song emerged on the Internet last week and caused an instant
underground buzz internationally. Gabriel Tesoriero, a spokesman
for Island Def Jam Music Group, West's record label, said
Wednesday that West was in Europe and likely not even aware of the
song's existence.

The song is a direct response to West's comments during a Sept.
2 NBC broadcast as he described his heartbreak over the images
of death, despair and anarchy being broadcast from New Orleans.

"George Bush doesn't care about black people," West blurted out,
veering from the scripted remarks.

"The NBC guys were not happy," a spokesman at West's record
company said, and the remarks were edited out of the concert's
broadcast on the West Coast later that night.

The White House and some commentators disparaged the remark as
ill-considered and divisive.

"I think all of those remarks are disgusting, to be perfectly
frank, because, of course, President Bush cares about everyone in
our country," First Lady Laura Bush said last week.

"The storm didn't discriminate and neither will the recovery
effort," the president said a few days later.

But West's statement struck a chord with social activists who
share his view that the federal government dragged its feet in
aiding a city in which one-third of the residents live in poverty.

Rage and helplessness

Now those comments have inspired a galvanizing and potentially
incendiary piece of pop music. The Legendary K.O.'s "George Bush
Doesn't Care About Black People" samples West's televised sound
bite and loops a portion of his hit song "Gold Digger" to create
a musical backdrop. But it's the densely detailed rhymes of
rappers Micah Nickerson and Damien Randle that turn the song into a
chilling commentary on the ugly aftermath of Katrina:

Five days in this . . . attic

I can't use a cellphone I keep getting static

Dying cause they lying instead of telling us the truth . . .

Screwed 'cause they say they're coming back for us, too

But that was three days ago and I don't see no rescue . . .

The gritty details in the song were gleaned from first-hand
accounts of the disaster from refugees, according to the rappers.
Though Bush is singled out for blame, the rage is mingled with a
heartbreaking sense of helplessness. It's less a diatribe than a
moving series of vignettes that personalizes the struggles and
frustrations of the hurricane's victims.

Swam to the store, tryin' to look for food

Corner store's kinda flooded so I broke my way through

Got what I could but before I was through

News say the police shot a black man trying to loot

In an interview, Randle said he was shocked by the bluntness of
West's comments but not their substance. Nickerson lives near
the Astrodome and Randle near a convention center in Houston, both
of which are being used to house New Orleans refugees. "Not till
you see these people face to face and talk to them can you
appreciate the level of hopelessness," said Randle, who by day works
as a financial adviser at a Houston bank. "The one common
feeling was that they felt abandoned, on their own little island."

Four days after West's comments, the rappers put together the
song in their home studios.

"I finished my verse at 6:15 [p.m.], and we had it on the
Internet by 6:30 and circulating to our friends and people we know in
the music industry," Randle said. The group, which has put out
four albums since 1992, claims the song was downloaded for free
10,000 times the first day it was made available on its Web site,
www.k-otix.com. Response was so heavy that it crashed the Web
site, and Randle said they have been receiving feedback from
around the world ever since.

`Not just a hip-hop audience'

"What's surprising to me is not the level of the response but
the demographics of the people responding," Randle said. "It's not
just a hip-hop audience. I got an e-mail from one guy in Austin
[Texas] who described himself as a `typical middle-class
conservative white male' who didn't necessarily agree with the politics
but liked the fact that we were speaking out."

How long the song will remain on the Web site is questionable,
because the Legendary K.O. did not clear the use of the sample
with West or his record company.

But in the Wild West of the Internet and underground hip-hop,
such creative appropriation is commonplace and, in the case of
"George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People," downright thrilling.
Not only does the song do justice to West the producer and
commentator, it also ranks with the best protest songs of recent
years.

"We're not interested in profiting from the song," Randle said.
"We'd like Kanye to hear it and maybe work something out where
we could jointly license it to benefit charities."

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gregkot@aol.com

Copyright 2005, Chicago Tribune
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Tonya
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Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 05:41 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm LMBAO too --

That's a fuckin hit!... and Bush might be in some serious shit, as a result.

Tonya
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Tonya
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Posted on Thursday, September 22, 2005 - 05:56 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

And I didn't even read the article before I wrote "That's a fuckin hit!" -- I knew it was just by listening to the song. WOW!!!

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Posted on Friday, September 23, 2005 - 11:26 am:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

OMG, they were playing that song around the clock on the rock station yesterday! :-)

The administration and NBC guys can do all they can, the, uh, "damage" has already been done.
[*snickering hysterically*] :-)
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Stephgirl
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Posted on Saturday, September 24, 2005 - 02:37 pm:   Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm glad Mr. West is waking us black folks from complacency because we got a fake president who only cares about the rich and the corporate sector.

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