Bavu Blakes Disqualified From Scion Competition Over Controversial Anti-Bush Lyrics

Only a day after he had been informed he made the top ten in the Scion:NextUp Unsigned Emcee Search Contest, Austin rapper Bavu Blakes learned from organizer Jay Cortez of Inform Ventures that his entry had been disqualified because of overly “political” lyrics. Blakes’ entry, “Black Gold,” (listen at his MySpace site) was rejected for three lyrics in particular:

  1. “Now Bush and bin Laden got so much they rotten”
  2. “Texas home of the real death row”
  3. “What’d we really go to Iraq fo?”

According to [via], Inform Ventures’ Patrick Courrielche told the site that Blakes was not actually a finalist, but was under consideration for being a finalist. Cortez had told Blakes earlier that there was a possibility of editing the lyrics, and Blakes had given him approval to do whatever it took to advance him in the competition.

His rejection means that he will miss out on the prizes, which includes him the chance to win the grand prize which includes a $50,000 marketing deal with Scion, $5,000 in cash, opportunities to perform at Scion events and a music video for the winning song.

Scion and Inform Ventures have been notable in recent years for their corporate support of hip hop events, which critics claim is co-opting hip hop culture. The blog HoustonSoReal had the following comments:

While we understand that any corporate entity has the right to include whoever it wants in their promotions and marketing strategies, we find it quite funny that a company so hell bent on using hip-hop to promote it

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