by David Mendez
Joseph Curl of the Washington Times believes that Barack Obama must hate Jewish rappers.
Now, half-white Barack Obama (exactly my age) didn’t say a word, even though he was talking to college kids that day, but make no mistake, MCA was no Jay-Z or Kanye West. This guy was the real deal, groundbreaker, up from his bootstraps, Brooklyn boy made good. Funny the “coolest president ever” doesn’t say a word about the passing of MCA. Weird and kinda sad, actually.
I mean...I guess? The Beastie Boys, while a fantastic musical group, haven't been making waves at this point in their career. "Hot Sauce Committee Part Two" has sold 344,000 copies since its release last year. More than a third of that was a result of its first-week sales.
But I see where he's coming from, and I kinda understand his position. Up until this point:
The president took time from his busy schedule to comment on the passing of black musicians. When Whitney Houston, a longtime crack addict, died this year, the White House put out a statement. “I know that [Mr. Obama‘s] thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her daughter,” press secretary Jay Carney said. “It’s a tragedy to lose somebody so talented at such a young age.”
And when accused pedophile and drug addict Michael Jackson died in 2009, the White House weighed in with the president’s thoughts. “He said to me that obviously, Michael Jackson was a spectacular performer, a music icon,” spokesman Roberet Gibbs said. “And his condolences went out to the Jackson family and to fans that mourned his loss.”
For comparison's sake, let's look at the best selling records of each artist:
Jackson's "Thriller" was certified by the RIAA as having gone platinum 29 times.
Houston's soundtrack to "The Bodyguard" is 17 times platinum.
The Beastie Boys' best-seller, "License to Ill," went platinum 9 times.
Jackson, despite the regrettable way his life ended, was unquestionably an entertainment icon.
Houston was, without question, the most significant female vocalist of her generation. She was set to make a late-career comeback with a film, Sparkle, that's now set to make millions off of her memory later this year.
Adam Yauch, while a great musician, is best remembered as part of a whole — a significant, irreplaceable part, but still only a part of the Beastie Boys' rapping three-man weave. He's no icon, just a "Brooklyn boy made good."
Furthering a political agenda with his death cheapens his life. Making subtle accusations of racism toward our president twists that agenda into something ugly.