Iman Shumpert and Michelle Obama have teamed up to provide us with a daily dose of strange. According to Amir Shaw of Rolling Out (via Sports Grid), the first lady will be releasing a hip-hop album, and one of her collaborators is slated to be the New York Knicks guard:
Michelle Obama will release a hip-hop-inspired album. Although she probably won’t rhyme or sing on any songs, it will be the first time that a first lady has delved into hip-hop for a greater cause.
The album will promote Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign in an effort to fight childhood obesity. Obama enlisted DMC, Doug E. Fresh, Ashanti, Monifah and other artists to create songs on the 19-track album.
The project, sponsored by Partnership For A Healthier America and Hip Hop Public Health, will seek to raise awareness through entertainment.
Once this sets in and you realize it's actually happening, you're obligated to make a joke or 10. Said task would be much easier, however, if Obama was actually rapping on her own album, but she's not. She'll leave the vocals to the professionals—and professional basketball players.
Shumpert will be appearing on a track entitled "Pass the Rock," along with Artie Green. It's unclear if the "rock" refers to passing a basketball, thereby implying kids should remain active by playing more hoops, or if it's in reference to the candy, essentially imploring kids to just say no...to sugar.
Either way, this is a pairing for the ages.
Something tells me that when Shumpert began putting his music out there, he never envisioned joining forces with the first lady to combat childhood obesity. A flattop battle with Norris Cole and Nerlens Noel would have been a more reasonable endeavor.
This is so much better, though. The only way this could be more interesting is if Obama herself dropped a few lines opposite Shumpert, perhaps taking a few light-hearted jabs at the monstrosity he calls a head of hair in the process. All for the health of today's youth, of course.
Other tracks on the album are “Veggie Luv” featuring Monifah and J Rome, “Hip Hop LEAN” featuring Artie Green and “We Like Vegetables” featuring Los Barkers!, among others.
Bizarre track listing aside, Obama's hip-hop venture is for a good cause, so let's keep the quippy responses to a minimum.
Shumpert's hair, however, is still fair game.