Five Years After Katrina, Legendary K.O. Still Don't Like George Bush
"George Bush ain't a gold digga, but he ain't messin' with no broke niggas."
If Rocks Off were to make a list of memorable lines from underground Houston rap songs, that line from The Legendary K.O.'s viral 2005 single "George Bush Don't Like Black People," would no doubt earn a spot.
So with the five-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaching - has it really been five years already? Jesus - we figured to reach out to K.O.'s Damien Randle to see whether or not George Bush still doesn't like black people, Louisiana's apparent permanent terribleness and, of course, Amy Winehouse.
Rocks Off: The five year anniversary of Katrina is here, so the question we want to put to you seems pretty obvious: Does George Bush still not like black people?
Damien Randle: The bigger question is: IS HE EVEN ALIVE? He went the way of Jimmy Hoffa after Inauguration Day.
RO [laughs]: When you wrote that song, were you aware that it'd gain so much traction?
DR: No. That's probably the one question that's been asked the most over the last five years. And it still surprises us how much attention the song garnered, especially when you consider that it was done almost on a whim.
RO: How insane is it that Louisiana still isn't completely right? We mean, that's pretty bizarre, right? It's like everyone decided to just ignore it because it's all screwed up. It is officially America's version of pre-The Wrestler Mickey Rourke.
DR: Has Louisiana ever been right? I don't say that as an insult, but the roots of Louisiana's issues run a few hundred years back. But what's happening over there reminds me of what happened in Berlin after the Wall went down: Capitalism steps in and reshapes the city in its own image.
A great number of the people that got displaced are never going back, no matter how much they believe they are. I've been there a couple of times over the last few years, and it still feels like something's missing. Once you step outside the French Quarter, a good percentage of the city looks like a ghost town. I'm predicting a mass suburbanite migration into N.O. within the next ten years.
Note: This has to be the most eloquent interview answer to ever be given following a Mickey Rourke joke.
RO: Ooh, speaking of, what happened to Amy Winehouse?
DR: Wherever Bush is.
RO: Did you ever give any thought to making an entire series of songs about Presidents who don't like black people? It could be very lucrative.
DR: Seeing that we didn't even plan to make this one, much less a series of them, I'd say that it's pretty unlikely. Besides, "Grover Cleveland Doesn't Care About Black People" just doesn't have a ring to it.
RO [laughs]: How about Obama? Does Obama like black people?
DR: We'll see if another hurricane hits within the next few years.