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Thursday, November 5, 2015

LISTEN: Ben Carson's New Rap Ad Courts Young Black Voters

Posted By on Thu, Nov 5, 2015 at 1:42 PM

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Ben Carson, 64, retired neurosurgeon and Republican presidential hopeful, just released a rap-infused radio ad.

The political outsider has enjoyed surging popularity in recent weeks, partly due to the electorate's disgust with establishment politics, and also because some voters really enjoy people who went to medical school saying Joseph from the bible built the pyramids to store grain, the big bang is a fairy tale, and that evolution was created (or at least encouraged) by the devil. Actually, when you think about it, this rap (that samples some of Carson's stump speeches) is one of the most logical things Carson has said or done in a while.

The ad runs 60 seconds, features rapper Aspiring Mogul, and is entitled "Entitled Freedom." According to ABC news, it will begin running in eight markets soon: Atlanta, Detroit, Houston, Birmingham, Ala., Jackson, Miss., Little Rock, Ark., and Memphis, Tenn. Here's what Mogul came up with:

“Ben Carson 2016 / Vote and support Ben Carson / For our next president he’d be awesome / If we gonna get America back on track / We gotta vote Ben Carson matter of fact — go out and vote!”

Wow. I think young black voters in Atlanta (who this ad is supposed to target) have been exposed to enough top-shelf rap to know these bars are hilariously bad. Hope you didn't pay too much for that feature Carson. 

Carson isn't the only one courting rap fan's votes, though. Rubio likes to talk about how he likes rap. He even beefed with Pitbull once. Maybe we should get him to review this track? Or maybe we can turn the next Republican debate into a rap battle? Whoever disses the moderators with the illest rhymes wins.

Check out Carson's sick beats below, and stay tuned for his likely collab with fellow unlikely musical act, the Pope

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Matt Saincome is SF Weekly's former music editor.


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