Indie rap group makes waves with O’Reilly death threats

By David Edwards
Monday, August 18, 2008 13:21 EDT
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A provocative new song from a little-known hip hop group is making waves for advocating the murder of two well known conservative icons.

The East Coast Avengers, a Boston-based threesome, last week leaked to the Internet a copy of their new song “Kill Bill O’Reilly.” The song’s profane, sometimes crass lyrics don’t dance around the band’s desire to see the Fox News host killed.

i wipe the dirt from my hands as i walk from your grave
those ain’t facts those are lies in the statements you made so

we gotta get em get em we gotta chill em chill em
we gotta dead em dead em we gotta kill em kill em

The band goes after many of O’Reilly’s better known controversies, such as the sexual harassment lawsuit he settled with a former producer, his claim that there was no such thing as homeless veterans and his defense of the Iraq war despite having never served in combat himself.

At one point, the group also takes aim at right-wing blogger Michelle Malkin, causing her to remind them that she’s ended her stint as an O’Reilly guest host. Conservative blog NewsBusters accuses the group of taking its talking points from liberal media watchdog Media Matters for America.

First posted at a Wired blog last week, the controversial song seems aimed at drumming up some free publicity for the band’s album, Prison Planet, to be released next month. The album title seems to be an homage to the Web site of the same name. PrisonPlanet.com’s founder Alex Jones, a prominent conspiracy theorist who believes that 9/11 was an inside job, is listed as one of the East Coast Avenger’s top friends on the group’s MySpace page.

The following audio is from East Coast Avengers, broadcast on August 13, 2008.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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