MC Lyte has come to the defense of President Joe Biden for not only calling LL COOL J by the wrong name but also calling him “boy.”
As previously reported by AllHipHop.com, the two Hip-Hop artists were honored on Saturday (September 22) with the Phoenix Award during the 52nd Annual Legislative Conference produced by the Congressional Black Caucus.
“Two of the great artists of our time representing the groundbreaking legacy of Hip-Hop in America, LL Jay Cool J, uhhh…” the POTUS said while stumbling through his speech. “By the way that boy—that man’s got biceps bigger than my thighs.”
BIDEN: “LL J Cool J, uhh, by the way, that boy’s got— that man’s got biceps bigger than my thighs” pic.twitter.com/ulCQRkEp0l
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) September 24, 2023
MC Lyte later took to social media to shift the tides on his comments. She first thanked everyone for celebrating Hip-Hop culture and her career as the 50th anniversary events continue.
“I want to say that I have nothing but respect, love, and admiration for my big brother LL COOL J,” she said. “For being a pioneer in this business, for helping me write some of my iconic rhymes and for inviting me to be a part of his tribute during the Kennedy Center Honors, a high ranking achievement which has only been bestowed to one Hip-Hop artist to date: to the G.O.A.T. LL COOL J, I will forever thank, honor and love him.”
MC Lyte ultimately shifted the conversation to address Biden’s blunder.
“In regard to the recent occurrence during the Congressional Black Caucus Phoenix Awards, while I do not condone any disrespect of any kind, especially to a Black man we all love and hold in high regard, I must say, I was actually there and I do not believe President Biden’s comments were malintended, he made a mistake, a mistake I’m sure he regrets,” she said. “One of my most fond memories is that of being in the presence of my elders when they make a mistake with a name, sometimes even my own. I pray that we will pay more attention to the historic importance of this moment than the errors that were made in it.
“What we should all spend time focusing on is this: for the first time in history, both the President and Vice President of the United States, together, have acknowledged, embraced and publicly shown their love and appreciation for a monumental achievement in Hip-Hop. Let’s try to keep showing each other love and grace. Long live Hip-Hop!”
MC Lyte didn’t allow any comments on the post— saying in the most dignified way, “I said what I said.”