The Rev. Al Sharpton is no stranger to the spotlight, but his attacks on hip-hop have worn thin for Atlanta rapper Elemental Emcee and Chief Rocker Busy Bee Starski, of the hip-hop film "Wild Style" (wow, obscure). So the pair responded the way rappers have been responding for ages: with a diss track.
"Al Sharpton is a Ho" is a scathing take-down of the New York activist and friend of the late James Brown. He is also, according to Elemental Emcee and Busy Bee, a media whore who's "a fraud, a phony, a fake, hypocrite."
"Al you ain't a reverend, more like irrelevant," Elemental rhymes. "More actor than activist, tell me what you represent."
Whatever you think of Sharpton, the track is a pretty brilliant taunting. "Aaaaal," female vocalists chant, the way opposing fans used to chant "Darrrrryl" when Strawberry and the Mets were in town. Beneath that, a deep male voice repeats the title of the song, while Busy Bee and Elemental rhyme over the top.
"Please support real leaders in your community by ignoring these types of charlatans masquerading as holy men," Elemental says on his website.
There's been no response so far from Sharpton.
"Al Sharpton is a Ho"