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...)