East Coast Avengers release song against Fox News anchor


By Landon Antonetti

As the presidential race comes to the final stretch, we see more coverage than ever on respective news networks such as CNN, ABC, etc. But one news station that can’t seem to keep out of the limelight these days is FOX News, specifically Bill O’Reilly.

O’Reilly is every rapper’s worst enemy. He botched Ludacris’ deal with Pepsi in 2002, Snoop Dogg publicly expressed interest in fighting him and Nas is leading a boycott against the network that employs O’Reilly. Now the East Coast Avengers want to kill him. No, you read correctly. Esoteric’s new group East Coast Avengers have recently released a single entitled “Kill Bill O’Reilly.”

The Boston based hip-hop group delivers this blood soaked single right on the heals of Nas’ poorly publicized boycott of FOX News and just in time for the Republican National Convention. The ominous lyrics to this politically-driven massacre soak over a brooding instrumental that would strike fear into the even the hardest of newscasters.

The way the song is assembled takes on the same recipe as any underground hip-hop song, with classic boom-bap drums, a looped sample accentuated by a scratched-in chorus and some choice vocal samples from O’Reilly himself.

Although a great backdrop, the lyrics are what really make this track the bombshell that it is. With lines like “I wanna hurt you, immerse you in torture” and “You a lyin’ coward, a lost soul, most statements you make are not so,” you really can’t help but give this song a second listen to catch anything you missed the first time.

In case you haven’t caught on yet, this track is the poster child for free speech; you must be in America when you can make a song about murdering a TV personality and his family.

The song is making waves among hip-hop heads, right-wing bloggers and even MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, but there has been no word from O’Reilly himself as of yet, which is surprising from someone who talks about his beef with rappers more than 50 Cent and The Game combined. That doesn’t mean it’s not getting to him. In a not-so-surprising twist, MySpace has pulled the single from the East Coast Avengers page, and MySpace is owned by none other than FOX. A coincidence? You be the judge.

The Boston natives have certainly earned their publicity by shooting up O’Reilly’s character, reputation and credibility with this violent display of words, but it wouldn’t be wise to count O’Reilly out so quickly, it should be interesting to hear what the man has to say in the coming weeks because by the looks of it. This story is far from over.