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Okay, that was awesome. I am glad nobody spoiled me to the fact that there’s a Finnegans Wake reference on the first full song on Missy Elliott’s debut album*, because it was a blast to hear it myself out of the blue.
*(though it was delivered on a Lil’ Kim verse, apparently!)
I am finally listening to a whole bunch of Missy Elliott songs beyond just the hits and they are all pretty cool! But also it’s after midnight now and I should probably go to sleep instead.
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Okay, so if you follow me on any social media platform you know I love the TV show Community. You may or may not know that I’ve been listening to a whole lot of hip-hop, probably more total listening minutes than indie/rock/pop, over the past year or so. I still want to write a big long thing, for my own benefit, figuring out a bit about my relationship to hip-hop; in order to enjoy a lot of the songs I enjoy, I have to just plain old ignore plenty of misogyny, homophobia, and so on, plus become totally inured to the n-word and casual references to women as “bit**es” and occasional other bits of strategic unfeeling. Not all rap requires this, of course, but rather a lot of the mainstream stuff does, because rather a lot of the mainstream stuff has braggadocio as a major component, and a major component of rap braggadocio involves rapping about “getting women” in a way that is completely impersonal and often - it seems to me - demeaning.
Anyway, this post is about something that’s really interesting to me at the moment, and that’s Donald Glover’s (actor and comedian, Troy on Community) side career rapping as Childish Gambino.
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