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Non-Fiction Advocate of the Day

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Alexander Nazaryan at the Atlantic Wire says you should read Signifying Rappers, David Foster Wallace’s recently re-released collaboration with Mark Costello about the emergence of hip hop in America.

A book about rap written a quarter century ago by two very white guys has tremendous potential to be embarrassing. I am happy to report that Signifying Rappers did not make me cringe a single time, though I did have to look up both cultural references (Schooly D) and words from DFW’s famously capacious lexicon (epiclesis; seriously, Dave?). It is also probably the only book about popular music to seriously discuss the origins of synecdochal imagery.

At heart, this book has heart. Its message is simple and humane. “Rap is poetry”…

This is part of the Wallace collection I have not gotten to, but Nazaryan gives it a healthy endorsement. My recommendation is to go buy Signifying Rappers, then get yourself copies of “Yeezus,” “Magna Carta Holy Grail” and Questlove’s Mo’ Meta Blues and make a summer out of it.

And if this Dave Wallace and Mark Costello collaboration isn’t grabbing you, maybe the new track from Elvis Costello and The Roots is more your speed:

– Michael Moats

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“It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times.”

This morning the New York Times ran an extensive interview with Kanye West about his career and his album “Yeezus,” (due out June 18th). Scattered throughout the seemingly unfiltered interview are some classic Kanye gems. In honor of Ye’s past as a poet, I’ve culled together something of a remix, or what kids in Brooklyn call “found art,” using some of the best lines of today’s times…er, Times…in a four part “poem.”

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It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times.

I.

I think you got to make your case.
I was on the junior team when
I was a freshman,
That’s how good I was.
I’m letting it out on everybody
Who doesn’t want to give me my credit.

Anytime I’ve had a big thing that’s ever pierced
And cut across the Internet, it was a fight for justice.
You know, if Michael Jordan can scream at the refs, me
As the Michael Jordan of music, can go and say, “This is wrong.”

I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.
“Did this person have the biggest thing of the year?”
That thing is more fair because I was there.
Respect my trendsetting abilities.
Once that happens, everyone wins.

It’s only led me to complete awesomeness at all times.

II.

It was a backhanded apology.
My long, backhanded apology.
I looked at Justin, and I was like:
“Do you want me to go onstage for you? You know,
Do you want me to fight?”  Continue reading

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