Rapper DMX was interviewed about his new album by XXL Magazine. If you don’t know, that’s the one at 7-Eleven that has the half-naked hot black chicks on the cover; as opposed to Maxim which is the one with the half-naked hot white chicks on the cover.
Anyway, they asked DMX (real name: Earl Simmons) about Barack Obama. Suffice it to say he’s not really a “political junky“:
Are you following the presidential race?
Not at all.
You’re not? You know there’s a Black guy running, Barack Obama and then there’s Hillary Clinton.
His name is Barack?!
Barack Obama, yeah.
What the fuck is a Barack?! Barack Obama. Where he from, Africa?
Yeah, his dad is from Kenya.
What the fuck?! That ain’t no fuckin’ name, yo. That ain’t that nigga’s name. You can’t be serious. Barack Obama. Get the fuck outta here.
You’re telling me you haven’t heard about him before.
I ain’t really paying much attention.
I mean, it’s pretty big if a Black…
Wow, Barack! The nigga’s name is Barack. Barack? Nigga named Barack Obama. What the fuck, man?! Is he serious? That ain’t his fuckin’ name. Ima tell this nigga when I see him, “Stop that bullshit. Stop that bullshit” [laughs] “That ain’t your fuckin’ name.” Your momma ain’t name you no damn Barack.
Bad enough Earl doesn’t know who Barack is — not one of his friends even mentioned the name to him? — but the worst part was what he had to say just before his Barack giggle-fit:
[D]o you think there’s a reason that rap isn’t selling like it was in your day?
Yeah ’cause niggas ain’t saying nothing. People ain’t saying nothing. Ain’t but so many people… Some people buy records just to dance to ’em. Some people buy records to listen to the radio. And there’s people that buy records ’cause they listen to every song. They not feeding the people properly.
You mean the artists?
Yeah, the artists. It’s the same ole bullshit. That’s how it get. There has to be some fuckin’ substance.
Listen Earl I love “Ya’ll Goin’ Make Me Lose My Mind” but this is ridiculous. So you think album sales are down because there’s no substance to it then you admit you haven’t heard of Barack Obama? The original rappers like Public Enemy, Ice-T, even NWA in their own distorted way, had a goal that went beyond putting money in their pocket; they believed in effecting change. Jesus Christ even Flava Flav, Public Enemy’s comic relief member, sang “911 is a Joke.”