A St. Louis-area rapper called Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon a “fucking coward” and a “cracker,” and attacked a black Missouri police captain, calling the captain a “house n*gger” in a new song released Wednesday.
Tef Poe is the same lyrical stylist who Al Sharpton praised as a “peaceful” Ferguson protester during an interview on his MSNBC show weeks after the Aug. 9 police shooting death of Michael Brown by Darren Wilson.
Poe, whose real name is Kareem Jackson, released “War Cry” on Wednesday. He traveled this week with Brown’s parents to a United Nations summit on torture.
In a 5-minute track laced with obscenities and violent imagery, Poe attacks Nixon, a Democrat, and several top law enforcement officials for what he believes is their complicity in what he sees as a racist justice system.
“The governor is a fucking coward,” Poe raps.
“Jay Nixon, coincide by me, come to the north side see if you survive like me.”
The song’s release came a day after Nixon held a press conference as the St. Louis-area awaits a grand jury’s decision on whether or not to charge Wilson for Brown’s death. Nixon called for peaceful protests if the grand jury decides not to charge the officer, but said National Guard troops and other law enforcement will be deployed if protesters get out of hand.
“Chief Dotson is a motherfucking slave catcher. Mayor Slay is a motherfucking slave master. Ron Johnson is a motherfucking house n*gger,” rapped Poe.
Dotson is St. Louis police chief Sam Dotson, Slay is St. Louis mayor Francis Slay and Ron Johnson, who is black, is the captain of Missouri Highway Patrol.
“White rappers in the city hesitant to get involved. Nat Turner of the city, I’m about to kill them all,” Poe rapped, citing Turner’s 19th century slave rebellion.
“My voice is like a shotgun,” Poe rapped. “With every breath of my body is fuck Jay Nixon.”
“This ain’t your daddy’s civil rights movement,” Poe rapped. “Nah, this ain’t your momma’s civil rights movement.”
“Governor Jay Nixon, my eulogy is fuck you, tell that cracker he should sweep the floors when I come through.”
“The police is ISIS, the pistol is the sword.”
Despite Poe’s aggressive lyrics, he insisted in a statement accompanying the release of the track that he and his comrades are non-violent, but, instead that they are “desperate.”
“We believe in non violent protests. We advocate strongly for non-violent protests. Our mission statement is non-violent protests,” Poe wrote. “We pray for peace but we are prepared defend our families. We are prepared to protect our children.”
“One of those who’s been part of the peaceful protest,” Sharpton called Poe on his show on Aug. 19. “Joining me now is a recording artist from St. Louis who using his influence in the community to rally for peace. Thank you for joining me Tef Poe.”
“My focus is to give young people an avenue to express themselves and release anger in the right way,” Poe told Sharpton, adding that he hoped to show young people “how to peacefully protest.”
The activist rapper has also made media appearances on MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes.”