As promised, D.C. political gadfly Ron Moten has produced an up-to-the-minute hip-hop broadside aimed at Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D).
The track, featuring rapper Big Wax (aka Wali) and based on Kanye West’s “Power,” works in just about every possible fault of the three-month-old Gray administration — Gray’s handling of teacher reinstatements, the imposition of an enrollment cap on the summer jobs program, the firing of his chief of staff, the ongoing drama at Hardy Middle School, cuts to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families benefits and even last week’s revelations that new Employment Services Director Rochelle Webb was treated to a $5,000 taxpayer-funded stay at the W Hotel downtown.
Chorus: “No way Gray should have all that power/ His days numbered; his minutes, even the hours / But in the end, the last say is ours.”
Another choice line: “Everything he accused Fenty of, he guilty of / All of that cronyism stuff, we ain’t condonin’ ... / the scandals too much; I need a moment.”
A video for the “Power” remix, Moten says, is in the works — likely to be debuted at a”rebuttal” to Gray’s State of the District address that Moten will deliver at a downtown bar Monday.
Moten, incidentally, isn’t the only Fenty ally to be responding to Gray’s speech. Sinclair Skinner, the fraternity brother who became a campaign lightning rod, yesterday published his own response to the speech.