No, that’s not a typo. I am of course referring to rap star Ludacris, with whom Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has worked on AIDS awareness.
Obama recently told Rolling Stone magazine that Jay-Z and Ludacris are "great talents and great businessmen".
"It would be nice if I could have my daughters listen to their music without me worrying they were getting bad images of themselves," the candidate said.
And speaking of which…hide the blog from Malia and Sasha, Ludacris has a new song out, "Politics: Obama is Here."
"You never should’ve doubted him
with a slot in the president’s iPod Obama shattered ‘em
Said I handled his biz and I’m one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I’m ever in the slammer
Better yet put him in office, make me your vice president
Hillary hated on you, so that b—- is irrelevant
Jesse talking slick and apologizing for what?…
"You can’t stop what’s bout to happen, we bout to make history
the first black president is destined and it’s meant to be
the threats ain’t fazing us, the nooses or the jokes
so get off your ass, black people, it’s time to get out and vote!
paint the White House black and I’m sure that’s got ‘em terrified
McCain don’t belong in ANY chair unless he’s paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped…"
Obama spox Bill Burton says: "As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics."
UPDATE: ABC News’ Sheila Marikar points out that rapper Jay-Z mentions Obama in a verse from his song "A-Billi":
"I see Benjamins
and a billion other ‘big head’ people
imma natural born hustla
Marcy project mutha f**ka
Turned proffesional journalist
reportin’ live from the gutter
where girls carry box cutters
brothers shoot-up with undercovers
screamin’ ‘F**k the World!!’
Cause’ don’t no body love us y’all
Shawn Carter, Sean Bell
What’s the difference? Do tell
50 Shots Or 50 Mill?
Ain’t no difference go to hell
So raaahh, lick a shot for Barack Obama
change gon’ come or imma
buy the whole hood lamas on me
Roc nation army"
Shown the lyrics and asked for comment, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, "What does this mean?"