On November 20, Mr. McCracken of “This Blog Sits at the Intersection of Anthropology and Economics“, wrote a post about the reviews of Jay-Z’s newest album. I’m a huge fan of hip-hop and my personal opinion is that much of the popular stuff today is wack. Anyhow, he wrote a great post, titled, Jay-Z, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Kelefa Sanneh, and the new transformational modality.
And while the whole post is great, I really dug the following passage. It made me laugh out loud, and is also quite true:
Part of the problem is that hip hop is now American culture, lock, stock and barrel. It remains at outsider of a kind, but it has been thoroughly taken up. This is not to say that it is toothless or jejune. But it is now a song America sings to itself, not about itself, and certainly not against itself. This has set in train lots of transformations in the community. As Sanneh points out, Nas got grumpier and Snoop Dogg more playful.
Indeed, as Josh Eells said recently, Snoop Dogg went from being a foulmouthed, porn spinning, ex-murder suspect to someone publicly associated with Wayne Newton, Lee Iacocca and Jay Leno. Against all odds, he is hip hop’s goodwill ambassador:
You get the feeling [Dogg] could parachute into the West Bank with some Seagram’s and a pound of L.A.’s stickiest icky–and the next thing you know, peace in the Middle Izzle. And hot tubs.
Hot Chip is cool, and their Greco-Roman mixtape is pretty dope. Available for the rest of the month. Heard them first on NPR (KCRW Music on iTunes/Radio/Public, check it out, they had Gnarls Barkley spinning months before it really blew up). Give it a listen (clicking on the link will open up a new window in which the mixtape will play). There are some non-work-friendly lyrics, but if you play it low or have cool folks nearby, I’m sure you’ll be fine. via myspace. Hot Chip’s website