Did we ever poll the second? We should. (Or both together, even.)
― dead-trius (Eric H.), Friday, 17 February 2012 22:08 (2 years ago) Permalink
And there are so many easter eggs, lyrically and sonically! I always discover something new when I listen to it. It's a complex motherfucking work. Just about a week ago, I first noticed that "My People" ends with the words "Good morning. Did you have a Dream?" And I capitilize Dream intentionally, because whether she was referring to the American (Amerykahn?) Dream or, I think more likely, MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech, she intends to load the word with more meaning than its M-W definition would indicate.
― mr. mayan end times guy (The Reverend), Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:07 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
yeah absolutely - i get annoyed when people overuse adjectives like "meaningful" but it absolutely applies to new amerykah in the sense that every word, note, inflection, every last detail in the arrangement is there for a reason, and even the most minute element of it can spark off these chains of thought just like yours
― lex pretend, Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:12 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink
Yeah, even things in the sequencing. It's no accident that "Me" is followed by "My People". She's already claimed her people as her in the former song. "I salute you [insert your name here] because you are me". It's also no mistake that she goes from grown folks acting all niggerish and not taking responsibility for their kids in "The Cell" to lamenting how those same kids "don't know their language...don't know their god" in "Twinkle" to the epiphany of "wait....what if there were no niggers, only master teachers?"
― mr. mayan end times guy (The Reverend), Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:23 PM Bookmark
Wait, but that's the Dream she has! You even have Curtis Mayfield playing herald for her with the sample of him at the beginning of "Master Teacher" repeating "dreams..." over and over.
― thraeds of life (The Reverend), Friday, 16 November 2012 08:58 (2 years ago) Permalink
*still learning things about this album*
― thraeds of life (The Reverend), Friday, 16 November 2012 08:59 (2 years ago) Permalink
This is still my favorite album of my lifetime, bout to put it on for the third time in a row.
― thraeds of life (The Reverend), Friday, 16 November 2012 09:18 (2 years ago) Permalink
She's playing NYE in Oakland with The Coup I believe.
― Everybody did shit, art happened! (forksclovetofu), Friday, 16 November 2012 15:05 (2 years ago) Permalink
― A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Friday, 16 November 2012 21:40 (2 years ago) Permalink
― J0rdan S., Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:43 (1 year ago) Permalink
second verse is the best vocal performance of her career imo
― J0rdan S., Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
Only smoked a joint or two betwixt me and you.
― Not Simone Choule (Eric H.), Thursday, 9 May 2013 19:46 (1 year ago) Permalink
that hump makes me sob tbh
― horseshoe, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink
always feel like whiney is going to pop up and take me to task for ^ that sentiment, but it's true
i just got to find a wayof liiiiivingcheck tooo checkjust tryin to pay my rent and i can feel itcoming down around me and this children;_;
― horseshoe, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:21 (1 year ago) Permalink
can i just posit the brother on her floor as the punctum here
― daft on the causes of punk (schlump), Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:34 (1 year ago) Permalink
my brother's sleeping on my floora bitch could use a little moooooore
― horseshoe, Thursday, 9 May 2013 22:37 (1 year ago) Permalink