Joe Biden's Battle Rap Video Has Not Gone Down Well

With just under one month to go until election day, Joe Biden's campaign is trying every possible way to reach voters from all demographics and backgrounds—but one stunt has not gone down as well at his team hoped.

The Democratic nominee has implemented an unusual campaign tactic and has recruited the help of a well-known battle rap league, the Ultimate Rap League. Yes, you read that right.

The former Vice President is honing in on hip hop and rap fans in an effort to reach more voters, but it hasn't really elicited a positive reaction from many.

The Biden-Harris campaign released a new political ad on Tuesday featuring New York battle rappers, DNA and Charlie Clips.

Available to watch on YouTube, the spot has been viewed 77,378 at the time of reporting, but has been disliked on the platform more than twice as many times as it was liked.

The video features the two rappers debating important topical political issues such as the fatal shootings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor, police reform, the pros and cons of voting, and more—through the medium of rap.

"So, when you tell me to go and vote, go and vote/Well, the reason why it's such a hard one/'Cause how we expect our people to get jobs and the president can't even get the job done," Charlie Clips rhymes at one point.

"So, you think because you brought me here that I'm just supposed to confide in Biden?/What about the innocent Blacks that get snatched out of their car just for riding?/We don't even ask for much/All we do is ask for respect/Before they did what they did to George Floyd/This country had they foot on our necks/Now, do you understand why I'm upset?" Clips continues.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden plays music from his cell phone as he participates in a Hispanic Heritage Month event at the Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Florida on September 15, 2020. Cuban-American fighter Jorge Masvidal accused Biden of pandering when he played "Despacito" from his phone at a campaign event. Getty/JIM WATSON / AFP

"I feel you/'Cause every time we throw the system a uppercut, all they give us in return is low blows/But Biden and Harris got a plan to outlaw the chokehold/It's inspiring/Donald Trump is The Apprentice/But now it's our turn to do the firing," DNA responds.

Despite the campaign's best efforts, the reaction on social media has not been completely positive, with many claiming that the approach is "pandering" to Black voters.

Comedian Tim Young tweeted: "Biden thinks this type of pandering is what African Americans want... lame and gross."

That nigga Biden really got Charlie Clips and DNA to join the campaign 😂😭🤣

The pandering is lavish.

— CHASE. (@ChaseNCashe) October 13, 2020

While producer Chase N. Cashe added: "That n**** Biden really got Charlie Clips and DNA to join the campaign. The pandering is lavish."

On GOD we just need @JoeBiden to shut the fuck up long enough to not fuck up the Black vote but here we are.

This the kinds pandering you’re signing off on, @SymoneDSanders!? What the fuck is this bullshit?!?!?!?

— Gucci Manedalorian (@WHUTUPDOE) October 14, 2020

Nah making battle rap look bad and soft, Biden even had to turn comments off on that video cuz he know he pandering, 90% dislike ratio on that video as it stands right now on his page.

— BRap916 (@BRap916) October 14, 2020

However, the response isn't all bad, with a number of comments coming to the defense of the video and its intention.

For those upset at the DNA x Charlie Clips rap battle endorsed by Joe Biden, I get it. But at the same time, show me any progressive steps you’ve made to change anything, especially in the black community. If you can’t show me, just be quiet. I see all hate but no productivity.

— Awakened Sun God. (@TheMindOfSunGod) October 13, 2020


— DEREZ | URLTV (@derezbrown) October 13, 2020

I think it’s kinda cool!

— Christmas 🎄 Mami (@itzStephieLynne) October 13, 2020

Newsweek has reached out Joe Biden's campaign team for comment.