When hip-hop and politics mix the results are never good, and that's been the case long before the recent circulation of an online clip featuring Hurricane Chris performing "Halle Berry" in front of Louisiana legislators. The hilarious video might be making the rounds now, but trust, it's not the first time these two worlds have collided...strangely. Have a look back at Hip Hop x Politics most Most Awkward Collisions ever...
PLEASE HAMMER, DON'T HURT 'EM
• We wish this was a long lost Chappelle's Show skit, but sadly, this is real life. MC Hammer's, in particular. Everyone was trying to cash in on the tribute video game post-9/11, but Hammer's for "No Stopping Us" was the only one to feature American flag bandanas, Harlem Shake-style dance moves, a white fur coat, and actual Congress members. Even if he went with a look that we co-sign, nothing could have saved this disaster.
KARL ROVE BECOMES MC ROVE
• For a guy with a few political scandals under his belt, this still holds as the former presidential advisor's most embarrassing moment. Wack rhymes. Flagrant dance moves. Disgraceful beatboxing. It's all there. We bet the black guy on stage can't even look at himself in the mirror anymore.
KANYE BRINGS THE AWESOMENESS AND THE AWKWARDNESS
• If awkward collisions between hip-hop and politics were classic rap albums, Ye's "George Bush doesn't care about black people" tirade would be Illmatic. Not necessarily the best, but definitely the answer you'll hear most of the time. The Louis Vuitton Don's rapid-fire listing of Katrina-related injustices made things uncomfortable enough, but Michael Myers and Chris Tucker's stunned reactions elevated the awkward to the epic levels.
CALIFORNIANS ROCK THE VOTE IN THE LAMEST WAY POSSIBLE
• This fail comes on behalf of Colette Washington and the California Nurses Association. We're all for sticking it to the man (pause), but not with low-budget, corny rap videos. You can tell that homegirl thought she was going to get discovered after this one too. Damn shame.
WILL.I.AM GETS HIS PRINCESS LEIA ON
• Hey, will.i.am gets a hip-hop pass after his goons smacked up Perez Hilton, right? We can't be the only ones that were a little weirded out by CNN's decision to debut groundbreaking (fake) hologram technology on Election Night 2008 with none other than the Black Eyed Peas front man.
MICHAEL STEELE REPS FOR THE NOTORIOUS GOP
• After stating that he wanted to give the Republican party a "hip-hop makeover," DL Hughley brought the RNC chairman on his ill-fated news show to argue with Chuck D. What ensued was the type of confrontation you'd expect between a guy in a group called Public Enemy and well, a Republican. Black Steele in the Hour of Chaos, indeed.
EAZY-E BRINGS COMPTON TO THE WHITE HOUSE
• Listen up, kids. When The Game rapped about walking "through the White House without a business suit...Jheri curl dripping on Ronald Reagan's shoes," this is what he was talking about. Although he got it wrong. Eazy-E was actually invited by George H.W. Bush (and subsequently skewered by Ice Cube on "No Vaseline"). This is just a clip of the West Coast pioneer talking about the visit, but we can only imagine how awkward that Presidential dinner must have been.
"COP KILLER" CAUSES CHARLTON HESTON TO GO AFTER ICE-T
• Charlton Heston's main hustle was acting, but he's been involved in enough political activism to make sense here. His most famous move was causing a storm of controversy surrounding Ice-T and his band Body Count's infamous "Cop Killer" record. It's awkward enough hearing him recite the song's lyrics in this clip. It must have been way worse when he did the same in a Time Warner stockholders meeting that eventually got Body Count dropped from the label.
C. DELORES TUCKER TRIES TO DESTROY A BROTHER
• Pennsylvania's controversial Secretary of State (amongst other political titles) incited the wrath of everyone from Jay-Z to Eminem over the course of her life, but none of her campaigns was more publicized than the one against 2Pac. She lashed out at the rapper for his misogynistic and violent lyrics and he responded on songs like "How Do U Want It?" and "Wonda Why They Call U Bitch." 2Pac's retaliation provoked a $10 million lawsuit over loss of consortium, legally defined as loss of "society, guidance, companionship and sexual relations." No disrespect to the deceased, but yeah, that's awkward.
SIBLING DANCE-OFF IN COURT FAILS MISERABLY
• We don't know if Family Court with Judge Penny qualifies as legitimate politics, but the awkwardness in this clip is more than legitimate. The clip reveals the brothers' prior failure at the Apollo Theater and a sonning that doesn't even come from their mother, who also appears. Lame dance moves aside, Judge Penny is looking kinda right. MILF, even?