Jay-Z Calls Women “Hoes” at Obama Rally

At a campaign rally yesterday in Ohio, rapper Jay-Z, who has been appearing with the president at multiple events, referred to women as “hoes.”

Why did Obama allow this open affront to women to take place at his rally?

More importantly, will women voters in Ohio take notice?

UPDATE: If you listen closely, you’ll hear that, while Jay-Z substitutes “Mitt” for the word “B*tch,” the background vocalists are not making that substitution. They are bringing the B-word, uncensored. So add “B*tch” to the list of slurs against women uttered onstage at this Ohio Obama rally.

  1. Kervinlee

    I’m sorry, I couldn’t make out a single word that was said.

  2. Nic Neufeld

    I don’t listen to a lot of hiphop but growing up where I have I’ve certainly heard plenty.  What stands out to me the most about this clip is just how mundane and surprisingly mediocre the performance is.  Maybe he’s better in the studio, but his monotonous rapping on the flatted seventh, and seemingly bad sense of rhythm stand out to me.  I figure, if you don’t have to worry about hitting the pitches, at least keep your rhythm tight and crisp.  This guy is a super star?  Really?

    Again, I am far from a connoisseur, I just expected better quality.  Maybe he just had a bad mix in his in-ears or something.  And remixing such a cliched old classic rock anthem, it all just feels so…pedestrian, and devoid of groove or funkiness. 

    As for will women voters take notice?  Errr, probably not.

  3. Cutlass

    Sandra Fluke is surely outraged.

  4. Becky53

    It just seems weird to deal with the false ‘war on women” and then give jay z a pass on calling women by a derogatory term.

  5. MBF

    As long as he doesn’t threaten to make the “hoes” pay for their own birth control, he’s cool.

  6. Cuban Mike

    What else do you expect when they consider women to be preoccupied with their genitalia to begin with?

  7. Richard Fulmer

    No surprise.  This is on the same level as  the rest of the president’s campaign.

  8. Pejman Yousefzadeh
    C

    1. Because he knows he will get away with it; he is a Democrat, after all.

    2. Unless those women voters are Republicans, they will neither take notice, nor care . . . unless Jay-Z comes out as a Republican. Then, the fit will hit the shan.

  9. Nathan Harden
    C

    Hip Hop today is not built on the live performance. It’s an afterthought. Usually a montage of pre-recorded tracks pared down to about half the radio length, and played rapidly with a lot of gesticulation. You would have to go see The Roots to see one of the few good live hip-hop acts out there.

    Nic Neufeld: I don’t listen to a lot of hiphop but growing up where I have I’ve certainly heard plenty.  What stands out to me the most about this clip is just how mundane and surprisingly mediocre the performance is.  Maybe he’s better in the studio, but his monotonous rapping on the flatted seventh, and seemingly bad sense of rhythm stand out to me.  I figure, if you don’t have to worry about hitting the pitches, at least keep your rhythm tight and crisp.  This guy is a super star?  Really?

    Again, I am far from a connoisseur, I just expected better quality.  Maybe he just had a bad mix in his in-ears or something.  And remixing such a cliched old classic rock anthem, it all just feels so…pedestrian, and devoid of groove or funkiness. 

  10. Percival

    No big deal.

    Now, if he had said he had “binders full of hoes”….

  11. KC Mulville

    Rumor has it that Joe Biden wrote these lyrics. They say he’s really into hip hop.

  12. Becky53

    …maybe he really means a yard implement?

  13. paulebe

    If we’ve learned anything, we’ve certainly learned that there are speech codes for non-minorities that are not Democrats.  This is juxtaposed by an utter lack of standards for civility, decency, and morality for the rest.  

    Jay-Z is “the rest” and, therefore, okee dokee. 

    His talent is that he can rhyme – in a fashion.  That’s it.

  14. Paladin

    “99 problems”: I’ve got 99 problems but a (female dog) ain’t one is a mysogynistic enough song on it’s own. Replacing that particular slur for women with Mitt while keeping the hoes line is entirely in keeping with the high level of respect for women and political civility this campaign is famous for.

  15. Misthiocracy
    Pejman Yousefzadeh: 1. Because he knows he will get away with it; he is a Democrat, after all.

    A big-money Democratic donor, to be more precise.

  16. Misthiocracy

    He also uses the N-Word in that perfomance.

  17. Richard Fulmer
    Paladin: “99 problems”: I’ve got 99 problems but a (female dog) ain’t one is a mysogynistic enough song on it’s own. Replacing that particular slur for women with Mitt while keeping the hoes line is entirely in keeping with the high level of respect for women and political civility this campaign is famous for. 

    Former Time reporter Nina Burleigh said of Bill Clinton, “I’d be happy to give him [oral sex] just to thank him for keeping abortion legal.”  Nice crowd.

  18. bagehot99

    Jay-Z is exempt, because shut up, they explained.

  19. Paul Erickson
    Misthiocracy: He also uses the N-Word in that perfomance. · 19 minutes ago

    He mentioned Newt?

  20. Misthiocracy
    Nathan Harden: Hip Hop today is not built on the live performance. It’s an afterthought. Usually a montage of pre-recorded tracks pared down to about half the radio length, and played rapidly with a lot of gesticulation. You would have to go see The Roots to see one of the few good live hip-hop acts out there.

    In the words of Mr. Long, that’s exactly right.

    I wonder, is Jay-Z at all skilled when it comes to freestyling?  When was the last time he ever had to perform freestyle?

    A good freestyle performance is a thing to behold.

    Methinks hip hop started going downhill when they stopped giving the DJ equal billing with the MC. When the act is as well known for the skill of the DJ as for the MC’s rhymes, there’s an incentive to give a good, technically-proficient live show.

    I’m trying to imagine a Beastie Boys show without Mixmaster Mike looking down upon them from his exalted position on the dais. It wouldn’t be nearly the same.

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