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Rapper Turned Lawyer is Dem Nominee for Upstate NY Congressional Seat

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Antonio Delgado, a former rapper turned lawyer is the Democratic nominee for Congress in the 19th district upstate taking in the Hudson Valley and Catskills region, according to The New York Post.

Delgado, previously known as “AD The Voice” and who doesn’t make big mention of his hip-hop exploits in his campaign web bio is trying to defeat Republican incumbent John Faso.

The rapper’s past work includes some language that’s not safe for work. He put out an 18-song CD titled “Painfully Free,” in 2006, in which he frequently hurls the N-word, slaps the two-party political system, rips the “dead” presidents as “white supremacists,” blasts capitalism, likens blacks to modern day slaves, calls poverty the “purest form of terrorism” and boasts of “having sex to a porno flick.”

The New York Post goes on to cite a number of lyrics by Delgado, a Schenectady native and Rhodes scholar with degrees from Colgate and Harvard Law, where he rants against injustice and lets loose on other issues, for example:

In a song titled “I Want,” he raps, “I wanna ride with my n—-s see them all get figures/I wanna see a righteous capitalist, if it’s possible for one to exist.”

On another track he rhymes, “Dead presidents can’t represent me, not when most of them believe in white supremacy/like spittin’ on my ancestry.”

The song “N—-s?” includes the lyrics, “Look like we only goin’ from chains to cuffs, still n—s still locked up stuck on stuff.” In this song, he grapples with use of the “N” word but spews it repeatedly anyway. “I use the word n—a like I forgot the slaves owned,” he riffs.

In “SOS” he knocks the response to Hurricane Katrina, likening the Superdome used to house displaced residents as a “slave ship” and calling “poverty” the “purest form of terrorism.” He adds, “Why the response wasn’t as fast as 9/11?”

Hip hop reporters in media generally gave positive reviews for his work.

“The album features hardcore hip-hop/rap numbers that tear into society hypocrisies and imperfections,” said a review in hybridmagazine.com,

Delgado on Sunday defended his lyrics while arguing that musical artists can become politicians.

“This is a willful and selective misreading of my work for political purposes. My music defies the same stereotypical notions that led you and whoever chose to share this music with you to immediately hear certain words and think they are bad or scary. If you listen to the content of the lyrics my mission is clear,” Delgado said.

“Any attempt to turn me into a right-wing caricature of a hip-hop artist is going to fail, because it’s not who I am and the voters in NY-19 have shown that they know better,’” added Delgado.

Former President Barack Obama carried the 19th congressional district in 2008 and 2012. But Republican Donald Trump came out on top there in 2016.

Faso won the open seat in 2016, defeating Democrat Zephyr Teachout.

Degaldo, 41, won a seven-way primary with 22 percent of the vote and now faces a broader electorate on Nov. 6, according to The New York Post.

“This is truly a swing district that will be closely watched in New York and across the country. A lot of resources will be thrown in this race on both sides,” Siena College pollster Steven Greenberg said.

“Anything bad about either candidate will certainly come out.”

By: Nivian Haverford

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