First: Warren G’s “Regulate” (with Nate Dogg) was the first rap track I heard all the way through—and liked.
The other day I was listening to a Ron Paul supporter bash “federal regulators,” and then it hit me: “Regulate” would be perfect for a conservative Super PAC attack ad. Throw it in the background, add some coded racist language that will activate suburban nervousness when it comes to hiphop, and you’re pretty much set.
“Big-state, big-spend liberals like Mr. Obama think that America should regulate its way to SOCIALISM. Did you know that major Jay-Z fan Barack Hussein Obama believes that you should pay for health care for the poor? etc…Paid for by ‘Dark Regulatory Clouds Over Our Freedom Super Pac.’”
And yes, it would work, but now I’m wondering if I’ve got it backwards. After all, the regulators are the track’s heroes! Run that track back again, and imagine an ad with these adjustments to the lyrics at the end:
“If you know like I know,
You don’t wanna step to this,
It’s the EPA,
Cleanin’ up energy markets.
If your factory blows smoke,
Then you’re fined like every day,
And if your car’s a gas-guzzler,
The EPA will regulate…”
“Paid for by Environmentalists United for Rolling on Punk Fools.”
Sorry GOP. Don’t worry, though—I’ve already addressed your “hip hop makeover” in an earlier post.