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Sarah Palin Believes Hip-Hop Fell Off After 1979


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A final note on CommonGate, i.e. Republicans' attempt to paint mild-mannered, non-controversial, nattily dressed Chicago rapper Common as a saggy-jeaned, morally corrupt thug: Sarah Palin appeared on Fox News last night to discuss the non-issue, calling the White House's decision to invite Common to a poetry event "lacking of class and decency and all that's good about America." She also claimed to like classic hip-hop, you know, from the good ol' days when rhymes were as benign as, "I don't mean to brag, I don't mean to boast, but we like hot butter on our breakfast toast." (Which, if we're being fair, should mean she's a fan of Beastie Boys' "The Move," too.)

"I'm saying this not a proponent of stifling any kind of free speech. I am obviously a proponent of free speech," she said. "I'm not anti-rap. In fact, like Bret Baier, I know the lyrics to 'Rapper's Delight,' too," she added, referring to the Fox News personality, who busted into the Sugarhill Gang's 1979 song at the Bob Hope Classic in January. As our colleagues at the Atlantic Wire point out, "Rapper's Delight" clocks in at a mighty 14 minutes, which is a lot of flow to know. We really hope Tina Fey will consider learning it all for some sort of epic Lonely Island digital short...

But seriously, if Republicans really want something rappy to worry about, they should be hunting down the Ol' Dirty Bastard fan lurking in Barack Obama's White House.

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