Saturday, July 14, 2007

Something kinda disturbing from Laz D

A white rapper with Down syndrome.

Sounds like a Fred Armisen sketch that Lorne Michaels would never put on the air, but it becomes a backstage legend at “Saturday Night Live.”

But no, it’s real. It’s realer than “Real Deal” Holyfield.

The rapper’s name is Cameron Lasley, a.k.a. “Laz D.” He is 25 years old and mentally retarded due to Down syndrome. And he’s got something to say about “the street.”

Unfortunately, I can’t quite understand what he’s saying about the street. Because of the Down syndrome.

Click here to watch Laz D’s “Street Anthem” video on YouTube. Be prepared to feel many conflicting emotions.

On one hand, this certainly qualifies as a triumph of the human spirit. Laz loves hip-hop music, there’s no doubt about that. And he is bravely following his lyric-spittin’ dreams in spite of the mocking laughter of a hostile world.

On the other hand, well... mocking laughter is pretty hard to resist in this case. You’ll see what I'm talking about.

Then you feel guilty for laughing. And so to mitigate that guilt, you condemn the legion of snarky assholes on the Web who have poked merciless fun at Laz D on various comment boards.

“[H]e has Down Syndrome, which makes him just slightly more retarded than Eminem,” wrote one cruel wit.

(Cut the kid some slack, why don’t you?)

“I wish he used the N word more or at least call himself a retard multiple times,” wrote another one.

(He’s got more courage than you, douchebag!)

And some guy wrote: “If I was a rapper with Down syndrome I’d call myself Chrommy 21.”

(Oh shit... now I’m laughing again! Ohhhh my God that’s funny...)

11 comments:

Andrew said...

Oh please. There's not a thing shameful about shameful humor. I don't even have to watch the clip to know it's funny. Sometimes the premise is enough.

Undercover Black Man said...

You're a cold, hard man, Andrew. I bet you give Rubik's Cubes to blind kids.

SJ said...

“[H]e has Down Syndrome, which makes him just slightly more retarded than Eminem,” wrote one cruel wit.

I think that comment was supposed to attack Eminem.

Doctor Memory said...

“If I was a rapper with Down syndrome I’d call myself Chrommy 21.”

No no no. The proper name for an MC with Downs is X-Tra Chrome.

DeAngelo Starnes said...

"Rubik's Cbees to blind kids" - very funny.

Dave, this blog is the shit. Keep up the mad weirdness of Life.

DeAngelo Starnes said...

Should've previewed the last post. "Cubes" is what I meant to print. Maybe Laz D's spirit took over my fingers.

I'd berate my interns for that kinda slop.

Blaark said...

Honestly I'd say the new R.Kelly provokes more embarrassment and merits more mockery and that Laz D is about as coherent as half the rappers from Houston. The hard part in watching this is just the dorky, clueless white kid aspect. Unfortunately it looks like his new found fame is beginning to corrupt him-- there's other videos with production values and rent-girls... So maybe he's just retarded enough for the mainstream now.

Undercover Black Man said...

Thanks for the vibe, DeAngelo.

RC said...

Unless I am mistaken I believe that Karl Rove has to win the Dorky Hip Hop Award. He ought to appear in Laz D's upcoming video so as to make ol' Laz look downright slick.

Undercover Black Man said...

No no no. The proper name for an MC with Downs is X-Tra Chrome.

The more I think about that one, the more I like it.

Izzy said...

I laughed before getting to the second paragraph of reading.