Thursday, July 05, 2007

on a MTV2 docu-prog, My Block Virginia, the Clipse are showing us around their old hood, they sit down on one particular stoop and they're smirking a little when they talk about how "y'all know what we used to do here", and the presenter asks, well, don't you feel like you kinda glorify the crack trade a bit with your music? And Malice woffles a bit about how people get into that business cos they need money, they feel they have to have material things for self-affirmation, "to feel like they're somebody". And then Pusha T chips in to complete the thought: "it's ignorant, but it's the truth"

that cracked me up for some reason: it seemed like just such a perfect snappy slogan/get-out-clause for a whole bunch of this-is-me/i-aint-changing, reactionary stances and attitudes. Gangsta's "for real-ism" and Oi!'s "we just report what we see", obviously. But also the political incorrectness current, encompassing everything from the new (now getting on a bit) laddism of the 90s starting with Loaded then spreading to every men's magazine virtually, Vice magazine, the conservative (especially sex-and-gender related) values casually and cheerfully espoused in a show like Entourage (which i watch, of course, avidly), and [fill in your own examples] [there's tons of them].

Where post-political fatalism and authenticity converge:

"it's ignorant, but it's the truth"

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