50 Cent Protégé Hot Rod Wastes No Time Releasing His Latest Track, “Osama bin Laden Is Dead”


Sorry, Lil B! A decidedly less “based” rapper has copped your style and beaten you to the news-cycle-rap punch. Hot Rod, a 2006 50 Cent signee who was swiftly dropped by Interscope and then, in late 2010, re-signed by 50 to G-Unit’s new pop, dance and R&B subsidiary G-Note, rushed to the studio last night to record, master, and premiere the singular “Osama bin Laden Is Dead.”

The sidechained Eurotrance and party-lyrics (“Osama was killed tonight, so everybody come and have a good time!”) of Hot Rod’s would-be anthem are not dissimilar to his January single “Dance with Me.” But lyrically, “Osama bin Laden Is Dead” is deeply indebted to O Music Awards performer (and The Pack member) Lil B, who has spent the last two years creating a cottage industry (and a devoted fanbase—one fan even snuck behind Geraldo Rivera during Fox News’s coverage of bin Laden’s death and shouted the common fan tribute “THANK YOU BASED GOD”) by rapping about anything and everything, including twitter trending topics and other pop stars like Charlie Sheen and Justin Bieber:

Certainly Lil B doesn’t have a copyright on being the first to rap about something, but when he’s not singing, Hot Rod’s flow is pretty derivative, to say the least. (He even sneaks in a “#winning” just to make his song extra-viral.)

Hot Rod (who according to his twitter also goes by Black Bieber, Gnarlie Sheen, Rebecca Black, and Lord Gaga,) doesn’t seem to mind the criticism, though:

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