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"Rent Is Too Damn High" -- The Album!

Jimmy McMillan during a 2010 gubernatorial debate.

Jimmy McMillan during a 2010 gubernatorial debate. Photo Credit: Getty

     OK, so The Rent is Too Damn High Party candidate Jimmy McMillan is going to face an uphill battle today in his campaign for governor. Maybe his album release campaign will fare better?
      Yes, McMillan is releasing an album digitally today (you’ll have to wait until Dec. 7 for an actual CD) and yes, it’s called “The Rent Is Too Damn High, Vol. 1.”
      Now, this isn’t McMillan’s first foray into music. In 1975, he was known as Jimmy Mack when he released the single “A Woman Is So Hard to Understand,” a sign that his knack for cutting to the heart of complex issues isn’t new either.
      Throughout “The Rent Is Too Damn High, Vol. 1,” McMillan takes his political message through a variety of genres. There’s the dancey single “What Is This,” the old-school hip-hop of “Landlord Listen Up” and the dark groove of “When You Can’t Pay Your Rent,” which features McMillan spouting rent prices and could almost fit on 50 Cent’s “The Massacre.” Fitty, Jimmy Mack needs a remix!
      You just knew from his cadence at the gubernatorial debate at Hofstra University that McMillan had some hip-hop to him. And I swore that when he announced, “Allow me to introduce myself” in the same cadence as Jay-Z does in “Public Service Announcement” that I would vote for him if he finished it with “My name is Hov, H to the O-V.” Alas, he didn’t.
      We can only hope that McMillan’s “The Rent Is Too Damn High, Vol. 2” will feature some covers like Gwen Guthrie’s “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on But the Rent” and Living Colour’s “Open Letter (To a Landlord).”

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