I've no doubt that prof. New has good intentions and I'm sure she's brilliant, but I often feel a weirdly reductive poetics is applied in rap analysis, where the text is treated as an allegory to be decoded 1:1 through understanding of slang
it gives a pretty closed interpretation, it misses the complexity of rap lyrics, and perhaps there's something faux-naif about treating lines like "wisdom be leaking out my grapefruit" as if they were difficult to understand
it's something I believe was also very prevalent in early rock criticism where endless hours were wasted "deciphering" Dylan lyrics and the like
― niels, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 09:45 (one year ago) Permalink
"...and that's one the ways your 'pen is extreme'... now, what does it mean to 'dominate break loops.' that--that's the beat, right? so, explain that. ... it occurs to me that to say you 'dominate break loops' is also a way of saying there's this underlying... formal... given...."
― dylannn, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:14 (one year ago) Permalink
"'giving mics menstrual cycles'... are those cycles in any way metaphorically related to the loops?"
― dylannn, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:15 (one year ago) Permalink
I'm playing Breath of the Wild and every time I see one, I think "she opened up her ass like a
― Jay Elettronica Viva (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 17 May 2017 14:23 (one year ago) Permalink