All Hip Hop reported today that Bill Cosby would be releasing his own rap album, titled State of Emergency. They quote unnamed sources and say Cosby’s rapping would be an extension of his recent speeches criticizing the black community for its failings in parenting, teen pregnancy, crime and education.

I was surprised, though to read this line in the online article: "Cosby’s album will not contain any profane language, nor will it offer any denigrating comments towards women." Were they expecting something else? Were they thinking of a different Bill Cosby??? Also shocking, considering I’ve met the bloggers at Jossip, is that their initial reaction is to snark: "Yes, lame-o. Lame-o rhymes with Jell-O." My memory seems to recall that Fat Albert contained some early hip-hop/rap undertones, so they shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss his effort, should they?

By the way, Cosby was just on Letterman the other night and I don’t recall him saying anything about a rap album. Just Cosby, sitting down in a folding chair placed onstage, telling jokes and making faces.