News: Bill O'Reilly Responds To Jay-Z's "Off That" Diss, "A Regular Otis Redding, Isn't He?" [Video]

Tuesday, Aug 25, 2009 10:50AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Controversial television host Bill O'Reilly has responded to Jay-Z's "Off That" name drop and aired the rapper's new song during his weekday broadcast last night (August 24).

While keeping his response limited, O'Reilly mocked Jay by comparing him to iconic soul singer, Otis Redding.

"The rapper Jay-Z has a new song out," O'Reilly said before playing a brief snippet from "Off That." "Hhmmmm...a regular Otis Redding, isn't he? Yeah. Hmm." ("The O'Reilly Factor")

Jay's song also took a jab at conservative political commentator Rush Limbaugh.

"I just may let you borrow this," Jay raps in the song. "This The Blueprint, n*gga follow this/And if this is what tomorrow is/Welcome to tomorrow b*tch -- Yeah, you still on that/We still making money 'cause we still off that/Same black verse white, we all that/Please tell Bill O'Reilly to fall back/Tell Rush Limbaugh to get off my balls/This 2010, not 1864/Yeah, we came so far so I drive around town, hard top and exhaust -- How's that for a mix/Gotta black president, green presidents/Blueprint to my white iPod/Black diamonds in my Jesus piece, my God..." ("Off That")

Otis Redding is most known for his songs in the 1960's.

Although Redding at his peak was viewed as a consummate, versatile showman, he began his recording career in the early '60s as a Little Richard-styled shouter. The Georgian was working in the band of guitarist Johnny Jenkins at the time, and in 1962 he took advantage of an opportunity to record the ballad "These Arms of Mine" at a Jenkins session. When it became an R&B hit, Redding's solo career was truly on its way, though the hits didn't really start to fly until 1965 and 1966, when "Mr. Pitiful," "I've Been Loving You Too Long," "I Can't Turn You Loose," a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," and "Respect" (later turned into a huge pop smash by Aretha Franklin) were all big sellers. (All Music)

The host is known for tackling hip-hop artists and most recently shared his personal opinion on the passing of Michael Jackson.

"There's an old saying, 'You can't choose your family,' and it's true," O'Reilly said on his broadcast. "The family of Michael Jackson honored his memory today in Los Angeles and I do not, do not, wish to intrude on that...But Michael Jackson's place in America is a legitimate topic of discussion and 'Talking Points' is just about fed up with all the adulation. It is basically grand standing and pathetic in the extreme. Yes the man was an all-star entertainer but that's it. So enough with the phony platitudes, okay? The truth is Jackson's interactions with children were unacceptable for any adult. His incredible selfishness spending hundreds of millions of dollars on himself while singing 'We Are The World' should make any clear thinking American nauseous and why are Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton making this a racial deal? Jackson bleached his own skin and chose white men to provide existence for his in vitro children? I mean, give me a break with all this." ("Talking Points")

Check out Bill O'Reilly's response to Jay-Z below:

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