Raps about rival gangs are so Clinton-era. It's all about Democrats and Republicans these days.
Comedian Remy Munasifi appears in a music video posted Tuesday on YouTube called "Raise the Debt Ceiling," about the current impasse on Capitol Hill.
With about 39,000 views as of Wednesday afternoon, the video has gone somewhat viral. The video appeared on ReasonTV, the YouTube channel for Reason magazine, a libertarian monthly that promotes what it calls "free minds and free markets."
The music video features the comic superimposed in front of Washington landmarks, Benjamin Franklin's $100-bill mug and a graffitied wall inscribed with "Greenspan 1987-2005" and "Fed Life." Throughout the video, he employs an apropos "raise the roof" dance move.
Munasifi appeared Wednesday on "CNN Newsroom."
"When you watch the coverage, it's Republicans calling the Democrats crazy and the Democrats calling the Republicans crazy. I was looking at the debate and thinking, 'Look, you're all crazy.' And all this spending kind of fits in well with a bad rap."
Munasifi said he earlier wrote a song for ReasonTV about the Transportation Security Administration renaming the hokeypokey the "Pokey Pokey."
"Raise the Debt Ceiling's" lyrics feature references to dwindling funds for social services and tongue-in-cheek references to current events. One verse includes the lines:
"Bail out all kind of cars / got all kind of whips / ladies ask me how I get 'em / I tell 'em stimulus!
"Social Security surplus? / Oh, guess what? it's gone / I got my hands on everything / like Dominique Strauss-Kahn.
"Ain't got no Medicare trust fund / son, that's just absurd / spending every single penny that / we see, son, have you heard?"
The song's bridge is a mock C-SPAN clip of two fictional lawmakers spouting rhythmic jargon within the "committee on spending a crap ton of money." The characters' names also ring a political bell. The Republican senator is named Fran Tarpington, while the Democrat is F. Lee Bailout. In the same segment, Munasifi is asked if he has "a comment for committee" and responds, "I make it rain."
"Raise the Debt Ceiling" departs from traditional rap songs, many of which brag about spending money, by questioning the habit of "droppin' $100 bills and million-dollar bombs."