New mp3: D-Tension freestyle roasts Russell Simmons, Oprah

Mark Twain: shook one?

DOWNLOAD: D-Tension, "Oprah and Russell Simmons Say I Can't Call You a Hoe so Please Fellate Me, You Lady Of The Evening" (mp3)

The irony has been widely noted: talk-show liberal bites the dust for making racist-jerk comments, but somehow the white conservative media finds a way to spin the blowback into an attack on rap lyrics. Inevitably, black moderates are forced to take sides. And while personally we might equivocate a little more and make some allowances for political pragmatism, Lowell's D-TENSION is just plain salty about this particular episode of intellectual black-on-black crime. He's also high-larious. It's a rare MC who can make good points as well as he plants laugh lines, but on this one D spins sense from nonsense, namechecking everyone from Mark Twain to Martin Scorcese as he delivers a joker's screed on "lyrical gentrification," political correctness, double standards, slippery slopes, free speech, and how "Oprah wants us all to sound like white guys." (And as certified white guys, we can't tell you how much this scares us.) As he puts it in the final verse, "there's always some asshole blaming it on the music." Amen.

D-Tension, of course, is a producer, FNX onair guy, veteran Boston indie-rap promoter, and one-half of the satirical hip-hop duo Los Wunder Twins Del Rap. "I'm a lousy freestyle battle rapper so I have to be careful who I make diss tracks about," he emailed us, with the above track attached. "In this case I am confident that I could roast Russell, Orpah and Al Sharpton in an MC battle so I ain't worried!"

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