Monday, August 25, 2008

que verguenza

Starting off this blog with something that is not indie and only peripherally Spanish may not be the strongest choice. Nonetheless, let's discuss Daddy Yankee's voting record.

Let's forget McCain's stellar list of celebrity supporters--well, who else aside from Spencer and Heidi?--for a second and think about how at this point in the game, McCain has done everything he could to distance himself from his pre-election stance on immigration. Let's not forget that he had a freaking awesome immigration reform bill on the table as recently as 2006--but then abandoned it, along with his admirably liberal position on immigration in general, as soon as he needed to adopt the fierce neo-con facade. Instead, let's focus on the real issue: Daddy Yankee's place in the campaign. I'm worried that the poor guy is going to feel a little out of place in the McCain camp, especially if Romney joins the gang and mistakes him for one of his old handymen. As it stands, adding him to the mix is a little like adding tabasco sauce to a bowl of gruel. So what can he do to keep his popularity up among Hispanics while continuing to champion a cause that he firmly believes in?

An Obama diss track wouldn't be a bad start. Barack Obama more or less started the reggaeton-as-campaign tool movement while he was slugging it out with Hillary earlier this year. His song, the creatively-titled "Obama Reggaeton," did its part to ignite the Latino population, most of whom were ardent Clintonites; its only problem (aside from sounding like a cheap ad for second-rate beer) was that the guy who wrote and performed it was--well, he was a nobody. Daddy Yankee, on the other hand, has been in the game for so long that he can start shit and gain exposure for it in Kuala Lumpur.  Look what he did with Don Omar:

This election has the potential to become one of the greatest rap feuds America (latina y el norte) has ever seen. Now, if only Calle 13 would step up for Obama.

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