I’ve always said that rap and opera are two genres of music I have simply failed to develop an appreciation for. Now that I’m on my way with opera, I think it’s time to start listening to rap. Or at least paying attention to the rather operatic drama that surrounds it.
Why now? This interview on NPR yesterday morning with an international relations prof from GWU convinced me.
“If you go back to, like, 19th century bounce-power politics, this is how rising powers would make it,” Lynch says, citing conflicts between Japan and Russian as well as among rising powers in Europe. “If they wanted to get somewhere, they had to take someone out.”
The difference today is that we’re in a uni-polar world with the United States on top. In the rap world, Jay-Z is that guy.
The Game is the erratic wildcard.
“He’s North Korea; he’s Iran,” Lynch says. “He might not win, but he can hurt you if he drags you down into this extended occupation, this extended counterinsurgency campaign.”
Tell me this doesn’t deserve to be an up-and-comer on Stuff White People Like.
And send me your recommendations. Prudish me has always had a hard time with lyrics (are they called lyrics or just raps?) about women’s behinds and other bodily features, not to mention all the stuff about shootin’ folks. The 20-Something I work with listens all the time and finds the words hilarious.
Maybe I should start with some of the artists who film videos in our building. Here’s one. When we watched it in the office, the 20-Something recognized all sorts of other artists in it — I suppose a cameo in another dude’s (oh . . .dude is very white: bro’?) video is a form of political alliance?
On second listen, I like it! (Hey, Mikey!) It was filmed in the Hurt Building, on Edgewood outside, and in some other ATL spots you’ll recognize.