No, that’s not a typo. I am of course referring to rap star Ludacris, with whom Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, has worked on AIDS awareness.
Obama recently told Rolling Stone magazine that Jay-Z and Ludacris are "great talents and great businessmen".
"It would be nice if I could have my daughters listen to their music without me worrying they were getting bad images of themselves," the candidate said.
And speaking of which…hide the blog from Malia and Sasha, Ludacris has a new song out, "Politics: Obama is Here."
"You never should've doubted himwith a slot in the president's iPod Obama shattered 'emSaid I handled his biz and I'm one of his favorite rappersWell give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammerBetter yet put him in office, make me your vice presidentHillary hated on you, so that b---- is irrelevantJesse talking slick and apologizing for what?...
"You can't stop what's bout to happen, we bout to make historythe first black president is destined and it's meant to bethe threats ain't fazing us, the nooses or the jokesso get off your ass, black people, it's time to get out and vote!paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrifiedMcCain don't belong in ANY chair unless he's paralyzedYeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped…"
Obama spox Bill Burton says: "As Barack Obama has said many, many times in the past, rap lyrics today too often perpetuate misogyny, materialism, and degrading images that he doesn’t want his daughters or any children exposed to. This song is not only outrageously offensive to Senator Clinton, Reverend Jackson, Senator McCain, and President Bush, it is offensive to all of us who are trying to raise our children with the values we hold dear. While Ludacris is a talented individual he should be ashamed of these lyrics."
UPDATE: ABC News' Sheila Marikar points out that rapper Jay-Z mentions Obama in a verse from his song "A-Billi":
"I see Benjaminsand a billion other 'big head' peopleimma natural born hustlaMarcy project mutha f**kaTurned proffesional journalistreportin' live from the gutterwhere girls carry box cuttersbrothers shoot-up with undercoversscreamin' 'F**k the World!!'Why?Cause' don't no body love us y'allShawn Carter, Sean BellWhat's the difference? Do tell50 Shots Or 50 Mill?Ain't no difference go to hellSo raaahh, lick a shot for Barack Obamachange gon' come or immabuy the whole hood lamas on meRoc nation army"
Shown the lyrics and asked for comment, Obama campaign spokesman Bill Burton said, "What does this mean?"