Busta Rhymes in trouble for Middle East ignorance

Raise your hands if you’ve heard of Busta’s new track.  If you haven’t, you’ll hear about it soon.  This thing is catching fire, and not for good reasons.

First of all, having a track with a chorus that says “We’re getting A-rab money” is just silly.  Second, if you’re going to do it, at least be smart enough not to sample the Qur’an in it.   Worst of all, they Kanyed the sample (a new term I’m trying out for the gratuitous use of auto-tune).  Now, Islam is pretty strict about using the Quran for music (while you can record a recitation of the Quran, you cannot do so to music).

Rolling Stone has covered this and noted that at least one radio deejay has already been suspended for playing the track.  Listeners complained and lo and behold, bye bye Steve “Smooth” Sutherland.  At least temporarily.

Now, the remix is even worse.  It features Diddy, Akon, Lil Wayne, and T-Pain.  Pretty much the axis of suck.  And they’ve somehow managed to make it MORE offensive, by rapping some the lines in butchered arabic.  In fact, Lil Wayne actually busts out the lyric “Al hum duAllah with my billions pilin'”. That’s just plain awful.

Here’s the first video real quick.

And here’s the remix.

And yes, Busta and his boys do look like morons doing that dance.

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