George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People

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"George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People"
Single by The Legendary K.O.
Released September 6, 2005
Format Digital download
Recorded Houston, Texas
Genre Remix, rap
Length 3:48
Writer(s) Big Mon and Damien aka Dem Knock-Out Boyz
Producer(s) Kanye West & Jon Brion

"George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People" is a protest song by hip-hop duo The Legendary K.O. It was released[1] on September 6, 2005, just days after Hurricane Katrina. The song is available free on the Internet. The song was a single first made available from FWMJ's Rappers I Know website. It was released using the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 license.[2]

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The politically charged song is a response to the Bush administration's heavily criticized response to Hurricane Katrina, and its title comes directly from what Kanye West made on US national television.

It is a mash-up which gets its beat from Kanye West's song "Gold Digger". The first line in the song is a quote from West speaking at A Concert for Hurricane Relief.[3]

The song specifically criticized George W. Bush for his slow reaction to the plight of New Orleans. It spread widely over the Internet for several weeks after the catastrophe, in some cases backing video mash-ups with photo montages from the hurricane.

The refrain of the song asserts that "George Bush ain't a gold digger, but he ain't messin with no broke niggas" (a modified version of the line from the original Gold Digger), and implores, "come down, Bush, come on, come down" to New Orleans. Similar themes, including the characterization of black victims of the hurricane as looters, were covered by Public Enemy in a contemporaneous single, "Hell No We Ain't All Right!"

The track was quickly assembled into a mash-up music video by filmmaker Franklin López from subMedia.tv

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