Gov. Andrew Cuomo has received plenty of accolades for his first 18 months in office, not the least of which is an approval rating near 70 percent and near-constant chatter about his presidential ambitions.
But this one
might be a first is a standby for recent New York governors — his name in a rap verse.
On a new mixtape from rapper Childish Gambino (AKA Troy from Community), Cuomo is mentioned in a verse by Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA, who manipulates the pronunciation of the governor’s surname to rhyme with Bruno, Juno, Puzo, Hugo, sumos and “Wu go.”
(A hearty tip o’ the hat to Patrick Donges, assistant news director at WAMC-FM, who spotted this gem.)
The Cuomo reference appears at the tail end of RZA’s verse on “American Royalty,” off of Childish Gambino’s mixtape “Royalty.”
Here’s the relevant section, courtesy of rapgenius.com:
Childish Gambino or Bobby Digi’lino on the tracks
We breaking more backs that Sammartino, Bruno
We saw more baselines than Juno
Change more law in New York than Mr. Cuomo
Godfather novels I write like Mario Puzo
Master time fix the clocks like I’m Hugo
Hold the weight like nine sumos
Bust shots like John Lugo
You know how the Wu go
UPDATED: As it turns out, this marks at least the third reference to a New York governor in a rap verse. Bill Mahoney of NYPIRG points out that ‘90s rapper AZ had a quasi-hit in 1995, in which he rapped: “Making it hard trying to figure who’s out to trap me, Pataki, got all kinds of undercovers coming at me.”
And in 2008, G-Unit channeled New York’s 54th governor on “Close to Me” — “But I ain’t trickin, I ain’t Eliot Spitzer.”
We would embed the Cuomo song here, but the language is a bit salty for our family blog. If you’d like to take a listen, you can hear the track here. The Coo-mo, err.., Cuomo reference comes just after the 1:02 mark.