Well, to be fair, rapper “Common” may not be reciting that particular line at his upcoming White House visit. But you can watch him recite that and other violent lines in the video below.
The Daily Caller reports:
First Lady Michelle Obama has scheduled a poetry evening for Wednesday, and she’s invited several poets, including a successful Chicago poet and rapper, Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr., AKA “Common.” However, Lynn is quite controversial, in part because his poetry includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the “burn[ing]” of then-President George W. Bush.
Here is the video, with some choice lines transcribed below:
And here is a partial transcript, slightly corrected where the Caller‘s transcription falls short. (The full transcript is at the Caller link. For fun, count the number of references to firearms:
A Letter to the Law
Whatcha gonna do if ya got one gun?
I sing a song for the hero unsung
with faces on the mural of the revolution
No looking back cos’ in back is what’s done
Tell the preacher, god got more than one son
Tell the law, my Uzi weighs a ton
. . . .
Use your mind and nine-power, get the government touch
Them boys chat-chat on how him pop gun
I got the black strap to make the cops run
They watching me, I’m watching them
Them dick boys got a lotta of cock in them
My people on the block got a lot of Pac in them
A reference to burning Bush? Why, yes! It’s clever because it both references the Bible, and slyly hints at assassinating a hated Republican president!
Burn a Bush cos’ for peace he no push no button
Killing over oil and grease
no weapons of destruction
How can we follow a leader when this a corrupt one
The government’s a g-unit and they might buck young
Black people in the urban area one
I hold up a peace sign, but I carry a gun.
Oh: don’t forget:
If you disapprove of this, that means you are a racist.
Thanks to Dana.