Rapper Jadakiss Blames Bush for Sept. 11
Not everyone loves it. Bill O’Reilly called Jadakiss a “smear merchant” this week, and some radio stations have edited out the line in the song, in which Jadakiss talks about perceived injustices, conspiracies and problems affecting the world. MTV says it is playing an edited version of the video, as it was sent by his label, Interscope. Jadakiss says fans have demanded to hear the original version.
“In the beginning, they would edit, but after that, everybody called back for the version that was calling Bush (out),” he says.
Jadakiss doesn’t really believe Bush ordered the towers destroyed – he says the line is a metaphor, and that Bush should take the blame for the terrorist attack because his administration didn’t do enough to stop it.
The controversy doesn’t appear to be hurting Jadakiss – his new album, “Kiss of Death,” released last month, is nearing 500,000 copies sold. However, his song “Why?” has stalled at No. 16 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles chart.
Hearing Jadakiss converse about political issues is a new concept – the rapper, who began his career as part of the group The Lox, is more known for his gritty rhymes about street life. But Jadakiss says his outlook has changed. “I’m growing up, I’m getting a little older. I’ve got two kids. I’m almost 30 years old,” says the Yonkers, N.Y. native.
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