I see so many people lost who really try to pretend But am I just another white boy who has caught on to the trend When I take a step to the mic is hiphop closer to the end? ‘Cause when I go to shows the majority have white skin They marketed the windmill, the air flair and head spin And white rappers albums really get the most spins The face of hip hop has changed a lot since Eminem And if he’s taking away black artists’ profits I look just like him Claimed a culture that wasn’t mine, the way of the american Hip hop is gentrified and where will all the people live It’s like the central district, beacon hill to the south end Being pushed farther away because of what white people did, now Where’s my place in a music that’s been taken by my race Cultural appropriated by the white face And we don’t want to admit that this is existing So scared to acknowledge the benefits of our white privilege Cause it’s human nature to want to be part of something different Especially when your ancestors are European Christians And most whites don’t want to acknowledge this is occurring Cause we got the best deal, the music without the burden Of being black in a system that really wants you to rock Cause all you need is a program and you can go and make hiphop And we hate the mainstream cause we’re the ones that took it Now we listen to Aesop Rock and wear t-shirts that say Brooklyn But it’s not about black and white right I mean good music is good music regardless of what you look like But when you don’t give them props isn’t that selfish? That’s like saying rock was actually started by Elvis So where does this leave me? I feel like I pay dues but I’ll always be a white MC I give everything I have when I write a rhyme But that doesn’t change the fact that this culture’s not mine But I’m gonna be me so please be who you are This is something that’s effortless and shouldn’t be hard I said I’m gonna be me so please be who you are But we still owe ‘em 40 acres now we’ve stolen their 16 bars
Hiphop started off in a block that I’ve never been to To counter act a struggle that I’ve never even been through If I think I understand just because I flow too That means I’m not keeping it true, nope
Hiphop started off in a block that I’ve never been to To counter act a struggle that I’ve never even been through If I think I understand just because I flow too That means I’m not keeping it true, I’m not keeping it true
Now I don’t rap about guns so they label me conscious But I don’t rap about guns cause I wasn’t forced into the projects See I was put in the position where I could chose my options Blessed with the privilege that my parent’s could send me to college Now who’s going to shows the kids on the block starving Or the white people with dough that can relate to my content? Marketed the music now adapted to the lifestyle What happened to jazz and rock and roll is happening right now Where’s my place in the music that’s been taken by the media With white corperations controlling what their feeding ya I brought up aesop rock but I’m not even dissing dude We love hiphop and what do you think caucasians are listening to And I speak freely when I write this If a black emcee examined race there goes half their fan base, white kids And this is so true. and we didn’t even have to fight the system We just went and picked up the microphone too And we got good at it so we should be rapping But only supporting them is like burning Jimmy and buying Clapton Now Clapton’s incredible. but no Jimmy no foundation So here comes history and the cultural appropriation White kids with do rags trying to practice their accents From the suburbs to the upperclass mastering a language But hiphop is not just memorizing words It’s rooted in authenticity something you literally can’t learn But I’m gonna be me so please be who you are This is something that’s effortless and shouldn’t be hard I said I’m gonna be me so please be who you are But as I’m blessed with the privilege, they’re still left with the scars
Hiphop started off in a block that I’ve never been to To counter act a struggle that I’ve never even been through If I think I understand just because I flow too That means I’m not keeping it true, nope Hiphop started off in a block that I’ve never been to To counter act a struggle that I’ve never even been through If I think I understand just because I flow too That means I’m not keeping it true, I’m not keeping it true
When you search “Marnie Stern” on Google News at the moment, three main stories come back: 1. You can win a date with her! 2. Her little dog nearly died getting bitten in the windpipe by a much bigger dog! 3. Here’s a new song from her forthcoming album. That and a handful of news stories about the character Marnie in “Girls”, who I suppose you could say had been acting stern in a couple of recent episodes etc etc.
Those first two topics: I know she obviously consented to going on a date with a fan. I know she really loves her dog, Fig— the half-Yorkie/half-Maltese made appearances in both the Skype interviews I’ve previously done with Stern— and that “Pet Sounds” is a regular Spin feature. More articles about Marnie are 100% a fantastic thing, and if she’s calling the shots on their content, all the better. But I hope no-one reading those stories— which have the kind of headlines you’d read on a magazine with a boyband on the cover— dares to underestimate the seriousness and brilliance and profundity of her work for a single second. Tempering coverage of brilliant women with cute details, or, say, putting articles about innovative female publishers in the Style section while their male counterparts get profiled in Books with nary a mention of how shiny their hair looks today— it’s tired, and fearful, and there’s no need for it.
Marnie Stern’s amazing fourth album, The Chronicles of Marnia, is the thing that deserves to get talked about the most, along with all the skill and creativity and conquering of self-doubt that went into it. I hope that on March 19, the day it’s released on Kill Rock Stars, that’s the thing that’s getting stories and fulsome praise or at least sincere critical engagement, not waiting on the tweets of whoever it is that ends up going on that date with her. If it’s hints of romance you’re after, what more could you ask for than a record full of heart?
I don’t give a damn about you or this town no more no, but I know the score need me to fall down so you can climb up some fool ass ladder, well good luck
I hope there’s something better up there
their first demo tape is better than any demo tape ever released for any reason you care to name. i’m referring to ‘Tube-Fruit, All Smiles And Chocolate’. If you care to disagree then just ‘ask’ me so I can shoot you down. I promise. I will.