Listening to Fifty Cent at the office, I am struck by how different he is from "mainstream" rappers such as Dr Dre and Snoop Dogg. I was going through some elderly collections of MP3s I have on disc yesterday and found a big file of hiphop that featured Warren G, the Dogg, et al. Frankly, I was a bit taken aback by the coarseness of the lyrics. I mean, they were pornographically crude, talking about jammin' nigga meat into you mouth bee-yatch and all that. After I was done laughing I began to dislike it. It was not inventive, and beyond 8th-grade "who can say pussy the most times" humor, not funny at all. The voices were cool and the music was great, but shit!
Fifty Cent is a change from all that. Mind you, he's still crude, but he's a fuck of a lot mor real. Of course as I say this, the song is sayin BITCH, this nigga's gonna take yo ass home fo a gang-bang, nigga. Ah well.
At least there's Mingus, who inferred all of this without resorting to crudity.
Heard from Erica today. I met her through the Uberhaus submission site when she was but a stripling, a 15-year-old poet with a sarcastic wit. She's started college recently. Encourage her to keep in touch, will you?