Drama Kings: When Rappers Take MLK's Name in Vain

Drama Kings: When Rappers Take MLK's Name in Vain


Three-day weekends are great and all, but it's important that we remember the reason for the season. Atlanta's finest himself, Martin Luther King, Jr., did more for this country than nearly any single person one could name—except for a few truly amazing humanitarians like Larry the Cable Guy and Tyler Perry, of course. And when Monday rolls around, so what if we celebrate it standing on the corner (© Chuck D)?

The thing is, with as much reverence as people have for the reverend, there are always those few knuckleheads who like to compare themselves to him for some truly astounding reasons. Take, for example, rappers. In fact, take THESE rappers, who—due to what we have to assume is some sort of temporary insanity—really see themselves on the same level with the late great MLK. Read on, but prepare yourself to shake your head in disgust...

jayz


Jay-Z feat. R. Kelly, "The Best of Both Worlds" (2002)
Offense: "The combination of Pappy Mason and Larry Davis/Martin and Malcolm, this is bigger than the album."
Complex says: No, it's true, snuffing out women backstage and playing Follow The Yellow Dick Road with teenagers is revolution in action!

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boosie


Lil' Boosie, "I Had a Dream" (2005)
Offense: "Fuckin' right I had a dream, but it wasn't nothin' like Dr. King..." (x8)
Complex says: We also had a dream... that ignant-ass rappers didn't use words like that as the hook to a song that described sneaking up and cutting a dude's throat from behind.

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game


The Game, Snoop Dogg feat. The Game "Gangbangin' 101" (2006)
Offense: "I'm Dr. Martin Luther King with two guns on/Huey P. Newton with Air Force 1s on."
Complex says: "I'm Dr. Zizmor with two wack tattoos on/Huey Lewis with retarded fans like you, son." [/fixed!]

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cassidy


Cassidy, "I Will Never Tell" (2007)
Offense: "All I'm doin is takin a beat and then speakin' the truth on it like Dr. King makin' a speech/Man, you snitches conversate with police, but it's the difference between a lake and a beach, and a grape and a peach..."
Complex says: Wow, with tortured analogies like that, we guess you really are on par with one of the greatest rhetoricists in American history!

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Lil' Wayne, "Love Me Or Hate Me" (2007)
Offense: "I spit rounds like the tiki bar/And if I got beef, I'm the meat cleaver/And I are the illest n***a Martin Luther King died for/And I ride for..."
Complex says: Wait, we thought you were a Martian. Isn't that more Malachi Z. York than Martin L. King?

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fab


Fabolous, "You Make Me Better" (2007)
Offense: "Yes, it's a G thing, whenever we swing/I'ma need Coretta Scott if I'm gon' be King ."
Complex says: That is some very kingly behavior you're known for, godbody. How is there not a street named after you in every city?

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50 Cent, "Smile" (2007)
Offense: "I'm like Martin Luther King, people listen to me a lot/It's 'nonviolent, nonviolent!' 'til I'm hit with a rock/Then it's 'Coretta fuck this, go and get me my Glock...'"
Complex says: Glock was founded in 1963—hardly enough time for it to become a household in the U.S. prior to King's death. NICE ANACHRONISM, CURTIS! *asthmatic snort*

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weezy2


Lil Wayne, "Playin' With Fire" (2008)
Offense: "When you're great it's not murda it's assassinate/So assassinate me bitch/Cuz I'm doin the same shit Martin Luther King did/Checkin' in the same hotel in the same suite bitch/same balcony, like 'assassinate ME, bitch!'"
Complex says: S. M. H.

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rawse


Rick Ross, "Mafia Music" (Remix) (2009)
Offense: "No need for a vest, that'll suffocate the flesh/I'm Martin on the balcony anticipatin' death (death!)/Let the rifles sing, 'cause I have a dream/My Coretta Scott-King in the tub fulla cream."
Complex says: If that tub was really full of cream, we doubt the Bawse would let anyone near it. That's a triple venti latte, C.O.-style!

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Kanye's "Martin Louis the King Jr." Video Blog (2009)
Offense: Changed his moniker from the Louis Vuitton Don to Martin Louis the King Jr.."
Complex says: King had a dream of black and white boys and girls playing together. Kanye had a dream of designing sneaker-shoes for playboys from Dubai who can afford thousand dollar kicks. Basically the same dream, totally.

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