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Friday, April 20, 2007

Rap Mogul Takes On Obama

"My response to Sen. Obama is that you have to talk about the poverty and ignorance that creates such a climate that the poets can talk like that," Simmons told ABC News. 'And all the politicians owe them an education and an opportunity for a better life  and maybe they'll say something better.'

"But Simmons disputed Obama's contention that Imus' comments were in any way similar to those heard in rap music.

"'People who are angry, uneducated and come from tremendous struggle, they have poetic license and they say things that offend you,' Simmons said. 'You have to talk about the conditions that create those kinds of lyrics. When you are talking about a privileged man who has a mainstream vehicle and mainstream support and is on a radio station like that you have to deal with them differently.'"

Go to http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=entertainment&id=5214186

PLEASE go to the THUGWATCH section on this site and you will see the "poverty and ignorance" in the lyrics to the rap songs.

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