Saturday, November 08, 2008, 10:57 AM // 1 comments

Chocolate City, y'all

george clinton's dream comes to life

In 1975 George Clinton and Parliament released Chocolate City. The song's largely spoken vocals (delivered by George Clinton) express pride in "Chocolate Cities", that is, cities with a majority black population. The singer playfully hypothesizes what it would be like if there was an African American in the White House, and assigns the following people to positions in government:

Uh, what's happening CC?
They still call it the White House
But that's a temporary condition, too.
Can you dig it, CC?

And when they come to march on ya
Tell 'em to make sure they got their James Brown pass
And don't be surprised if Ali is in the White House
Reverend Ike, Secretary of the Treasure
Richard Pryor, Minister of Education
Stevie Wonder, Secretary of FINE arts
And Miss Aretha Franklin, the First Lady
Are you out there, CC?
A chocolate city is no dream
It's my piece of the rock and I dig you, CC
God bless Chocolate City and its (gainin' on ya!) vanilla suburbs

Now that we have an African American in the White House I wonder how much George Clinton's vision will come to life. Time will tell. Can you dig it, CC?

Listen / Download: Chocolate City - Parliment



Anonymous Stephen said...

Nice post. Referencing your last two posts, wouldn't it have been cool is Obama's acceptance speech went like this:

Obama walks up to the podium, stands quietly for a second, looking left and right. Finally, he says, "President Elect....President-fuckin'-Elect!"

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