Cosby Shows Off Rapping Skill With New Album

Movies & TV

John Kennedy / October 14, 2009

Maybe Bill Cosby doesn’t hate rap after all.

The 72-year-old legendary comedian is planning to drop his own rap album, Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency, calling on old-school vets like Ultramagnetic MC’s Ced-Gee and William “Spaceman” Patterson to produce the project.

The album plays as a backdrop to Cosby’s former fiery lectures about problems in urban America. Tracks on the album include “Where’s the Parade,” “Dad Behind the Glass” and “Get on Your Job,” as the songs deal with topics ranging from absent fathers to self-respect.

“I don’t like referring to the music as clean,” Cosby said in a statement. “What I like is what you’re not going to do. You’re not going to curse. You’re not going to put women down. You’re not going to put the glory of the gun somewhere. And you’re not going to put a whole lot of violence up front like that’s the thing that will cleanse you and make you feel better.”

Cosby and his band, Cosnarati, are planning a live New York City show October 19. Footage of the show will be available on Ustream.

Bill Cosby Presents the Cosnarati: State of Emergency hits stores Nov. 24. Until then, you can stream the album here. –Linda Hobbs