But perhaps the most…hmm, we’ll go with “questionable”…decision made by Carson in the last week was releasing a 60-second campaign ad to urban radio (including the Atlanta market) to raise his profile among black youth. The ad, called “Freedom,” features snippets of Carson campaign speeches in-between lyrics from a rapper named Aspiring Mogul who hails from right here in Georgia.
Several media outlets report that Aspiring Mogul is also known as Robert Donaldson, a youth minister, the founder and chairman of the Savannah Black Republican Council, a district chairman for the Chatham County GOP and past vice-chair of the Savannah Young Republicans.
The rapper worked with the Carson campaign to create the ad, and a four-minute song will reportedly be released on iTunes later this month. But the candidate appears to be distancing himself from the ad, telling CNN last Thursday that “there are people in the campaign who felt that that was a good way to do things” but that he “probably would have taken a little different approach.”
For his part, Aspiring Mogul remains undeterred by Carson’s comments and tells Vulture that he hopes the song will prove that not all rappers are “sacrilegious Northern Democrats.”