“Ayy, uh huh, uh huh, I heard that p***y for the taking.”
“White girl wasted on that brown liquor.”
“If you loved the girl, then I’m so, so sorry
I gotta give it to her like we in a marriage.”
No, these are not samples of forbidden song lyrics excerpted from a campus safe spaces handbook.
They are a few lines from Barack Obama’s favorite songs of 2017, which he posted on Facebook on New Year’s eve.
The Cool POTUS Guy Who Drinks Beer, Plays Basketball And Listens To Music Just Like Normal People has made a habit of sharing his favorite books and songs with the weirdly large number of people — like me, evidently — who care (his post has nearly 1 million likes).
Obama’s 2017 list is notable because 2017 was the year that launched the #MeToo movement, in which Americans were frog marched into believing that Ben Affleck and Harvey Weinstein are two sides of the same sexual predatory coin.
It was the one year that maybe, just maybe, progressives would reconsider their admiration for music that will “wake you the f*** up.” After all, the things done to women in many rap lyrics (“P***y for the taking” isn’t far from “Grab them by the p***y”) would certainly qualify them for #MeToo membership.
But no. Because Obama.
And because white progressives know that judging a black former president and his favorite black rappers would make for bad optics.
Think that’s a stretch? Just close your eyes and imagine Don Lemon covering Donald Trump’s list of the same exact songs.
Now you see.
This is not meant to judge rap music, per se — just the lyrics of some songs. Many rap beats are catchy. And many rap artists are talented. Some have also figured out how to make lots of money. That means they’re smart. At least, smart enough.
But isn’t it a little inconsistent for Obama — who launched the “It’s On Us” campaign and unleashed an anti-male campus witchhunt — to host rappers like Chance and promote songs like “Havana” (Camila Cabella, feat.Young Thug) that say:
Bump on her bumper like a traffic jam
Hey, I was quick to pay that girl like Uncle Sam
Or “Wild Thoughts” by DJ Khaled:
Ayy, uh huh, uh huh, I heard that p***y for the taking
I heard it got these other niggas goin’ crazy
Yeah I treat you like a lady, lady
F*** you ’til you’re burned out, cremation
Or “Unforgettable” by Humble Montana:
I’m gonna catch the rhythm while she push up against me
Ooh, and she tipsy
If you loved the girl then I’m so, so sorry
I got to give it to her like we in a marriage
Oh, like we in a hurry
No, no I won’t tell nobody
Now, maybe I’m just a prim white guy who sounds like Dave Chappelle’s impression of his white friend, Chip.
But was it me or was it Barack Obama who said, “I may be a little grayer than I was eight years ago, but this is what a feminist looks like.”