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Lastings' latest bad rap

 

Foul mouth strikes out

 

By IAN BEGLEY

DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER

 

Wednesday, May 16th 2007, 11:48 AM

 

 

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Lastings Milledge's foray into hip-hop with pal Manny D (l.) is not a big hit with the Mets.

 

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Lastings Milledge's rap has gone from bad to worse.

 

Milledge, who ticked off Met teammates last season with his on and off-the-field antics, has taken poor judgment to a new level, performing on a rap song that would make Don Imus blush.

 

The rappin' right fielder uses the N-word and bitch and also says "ho" in a song featured on his new record label's Web site.

 

Milledge, performing on souljaboirecords.com, raps about "rich (N word)," "wealthy (N word)," a "top-notch ho" and having "a different bitch for every night" on the sexually explicit song "Bend Ya Knees."

 

Milledge, the Mets' 22-year-old phenom playing at Triple-A New Orleans, is the CEO of Soul-ja Boi records, a Florida-based label. He performs on the Web site with rapper Manny D, a childhood friend who is signed to the label.

 

"He's lost his mind," said City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-Queens), who sponsored the Council's resolution that condemned use of the N word. "I don't understand how he could, in the spirit of Jackie Robinson, put out music that's so vile, using . . . some of the worst words in music."

 

In addition to his choice of language, Milledge's timing is also awful, as the song comes on the heels of the firing of WFAN morning host Imus, who used the words "nappy-headed ho's" to describe the Rutgers women's basketball team.

 

Comrie said he played the song for two female interns who were "horrified" by Milledge's words. Milledge is in Port St.Lucie to rehab an injury. Comrie said the Mets need to help him rehab his image as well.

 

"He needs to be taken in a room by the Mets staff and be made sure he understands that's not the position of a major league athlete or a black male in society," Comrie added. "That's not how he wants his mother or sister treated. It's just ridiculous."

 

In a statement last night, the Mets distanced themselves from Milledge's music project: "We disapprove of the content, language and message of this recording, which does not represent the views of the New York Mets."

 

Reached by the Daily News yesterday, Milledge said he didn't want to comment on his music career during the baseball season and would not confirm it's his voice on the Web site. But Manny D did confirm to The News that it's Milledge's voice.

 

"That's the only song he would be on that's on the album," Manny D said. "He is not trying to get all into rapping because he has to concentrate on baseball. That's his No. 1 priority."

 

The album is expected to be released in August, Manny D said.

 

"Do I feel like he should watch what he says because he's in the public eye? Yeah, but everything he's doing is positive," Manny D said. "He's not out there shooting people or shooting up dope. How can you fault somebody for something they say?"

 

One Mets player, speaking anonymously before last night's game at Shea, wasn't surprised by Milledge's lyrics. "Language like that in a rap song? Shocking!" the player said sarcastically.

 

Milledge was expelled from Northside Christian School in 2003 for having sex with a 15-year-old girlfriend and agreed to enroll in a juvenile arbitration program to avoid prosecution. Soon after the Mets drafted Milledge in 2003, the Daily News reported that he had been accused of having consensual sex with 12 and 13-year-old girls as well, which led to his expulsion from school.

 

Milledge made his big-league debut last May and immediately rubbed some teammates the wrong way by showing up late and high-fiving fans down the right field line after hitting a home run. Milledge, who hit .241 with four homers in 166 at-bats last season, came to spring training last March with a more mature approach, suggesting that he got a bad rap last season. Now he's just producing bad rap.

 

"I don't know what kind of fan base he's trying to attract by denigrating women," Comrie said. "He needs some sensitivity training."

 

Milledge, who said rehab of the sprained ligament in his right foot was "going good," assured Mets fans he won't let hip-hop distract him from his day job.

 

"I'm only talking about baseball right now, I just want to rehab and get back (to New York)," Milledge said. "This is only something for the offseason."

 

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I think this kid threw his career out the window

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didnt the marlins request Miledge for Willis just last year, and the mets said no.

I find that hard to believe.

 

As do I. :thumbdown

 

I don't think by pursuing hip hop on the side means the end of his career, far from it infact. I like the kid, he just seems to have fallen out of favor with the Mets org.

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so a guy that can't seem to cut it in the majors, has had problems with underage girls not once but a couple of times, not really respected by his own peers, puts out derrogatory rap albums and can't live up to the hype still a priced commodity?

 

hmm I guess all the teams that wanted him in the past and now dont really seem to value him as much must be crazy right?

 

well there's always room in KC

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didnt the marlins request Miledge for Willis just last year, and the mets said no.

 

Hahaha, no.

 

It was Delgado that we wanted Milledge.

 

what?

the marlins wanted to trade Delgado to the mets for Milledge. the mets said no.

Actually, we said no because the Mets wouldn't take enough salary on if they traded Milledge.

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