Friday, July 16, 2004

Old Fart Loves Rappers

Last week I gave a shout out to the Beastie Boys, and today I say:  give it up for Jadakiss:
[S]even words in his new song ``Why'' -- ``Why did Bush knock down the towers?'' -- has gotten Jadakiss the most mainstream attention, and criticism, of his career.

``It caught the ear of white America,'' he said proudly during a phone interview with The Associated Press. ``It's a good thing. No matter what you do, somebody's not going to like it, but for the most part, most people love the song.''

Not everyone loves it. Bill O'Reilly called Jadakiss a ``smear merchant'' this week, and some radio stations have edited out the line in the song, in which Jadakiss talks about perceived injustices, conspiracies and problems affecting the world. MTV says it is playing an edited version of the video, as it was sent by his label, Interscope.

Jadakiss says fans have demanded to hear the original version.

``In the beginning, they would edit, but after that, everybody called back for the version that was calling Bush (out),'' he says. 

I believe the word is "word".