BY JON CRONIN
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) has decided to shine a light on his opponent Democrat Michael Scala’s previous career as a rapper in his bid to retain his District 32 seat.
Ulrich’s campaign criticized the City Council contender, who is a 34-year-old attorney, for the explicit lyrics that the councilman described as sexist. Scala recorded some of the music as recently as six years ago as the rapper Pizon.
“Today again demonstrates Eric Ulrich is the only candidate running for council who will truly represent all residents, regardless of party, race or sex,” said Liam McCabe, Ulrich’s campaign manager.
“Republicans, Democrats and Independents will continue to rally behind Councilman Ulrich and re elect him on Nov. 7.”
In the song “Homegirl Remix” on the album Family Business, which was uploaded to iTunes in March 2002, when Scala was 19 years old, the rapper says, “She told me she loved me when we got back to the car. At the back of the car, told that b—h ‘peace’ and hopped back in the car. But nobody told her stay at the back of the car. F—ed around, hit the b—h in the back of the car.”
Later in the song, he raps, “Police telling me to back off the car. I looked at the officer and we screamed, ‘B—h, get back in the car.’”
In the song “Change Your Mind,” a solo from Scala that was uploaded to music streaming service SoundCloud in 2011, when Scala was 28, one lyric goes, “Me and rap go together like Spanish chicks and baby strollers.”
In response to criticism of his lyrics during the campaign, Scala wrote on his Facebook page that he used music as a young man “as an escape outlet,” and eventually was signed to a record label. Of the lyrics, he said that, “While sometimes vulgar—and it’s easy to cherry-pick specific lyrics and disregard positive messages or attribute some lyrics to me that were written and performed by someone else, as they did—the characters portrayed tended to receive their comeuppance by the end of the song or album.”
“It goes without saying that the man writing this today, the Democratic nominee for New York City Council, has come a long way since youth,” he said. “The opposition acknowledges that trying to make the argument that my having naturally matured as an individual is no different from the councilman evolving on issues.”
Scala criticized Ulrich for using material from his youth to sully his campaign and for distributing cards stating that the councilman’s re-election was endorsed by the Transportation Workers Union—when, in fact, the union endorsed Scala.
In response, Ulrich’s camp released another statement asserting that Scala’s comments indicated that he refused to apologize.
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