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Common: FINDING FOREVER
Jay-Z: AMERICAN GANGSTER
Finding Forever is infested with Racial Slurs, Self-deprecation, Contempt of Women, Hostility to Police--in short, don't buy!!!!, September 23, 2007
By The Hoplite Phalanx Fighting Formation "SPQR" (So keep your bankroll lottery...eat your salad...day, deathbed motorcade!) - See all my reviews
Unlike the majority of reviewers who are rap sycophants, I don't enjoy the genre, and I haven't listened to much rap. My precious little exposure to rap comes from a ways back in the early 90s when rap music wasn't the ghetto-minded, violence-and-crime-endorsing cesspool that it is today. Remember when rap music was innocent and not sociopathic as in that group called Kriss Kross, where two young guys had a gimmick where they dressed in reverse styles???? Lately, my public awareness about rap has been awakened by the great FNC (Fair and Balanced, y'know!) host, Bill O'Reilly (who's looking out for YOU, y'know!), when he spotlighted the disconcertingly destructive lyrics that rappers abuse nowadays.
Wanting to see if his shocking-but-true reports about toxic rappers (such as Snoop Dogg/Nas) were true, I decided to purchase one of the biggest rap records out now based on sales, and that's Common's last effort. To my chagrin as well as realistic expectation, much of the great O'Reilly's warnings coming from exposes of the rap community were verified by my listening to Common's latest record!!!!
Despite that Common's last record isn't as shockingly profane and inciting as other, more anti-social records from Snoop Dogg et al, Common's misuse and misjudgment of lyrics really lowers the listening experience to the point of revulsion. Whenever I suffer hearing lowlife lyrics such these that Common's used, I always deride the artist for two evildoings: one, for profaning the culture and, two, for being too intellectually lazy to come up with better descriptive words.
Take the infamous song "Start the Show." Many of the reviewers here are already be hardened to the raw, abrasive references in rap, so, again, this song's lyrics are likely non-offensive to them, but to me--who practices decency--they're foul abominations. This slighting song features lines like "the PIMPS and the HOES, HOES," "Yellin (Fu** the police)...," "...brief these nig*az on who I be," and "...nig*az knew Rashid!" This is only in the first couple of minutes!!!!
When I hear these execrable excuses for "lyrics"--which black "activists" like Sharpton and Jackson tolerate while only damning white guys like Don Imus--I'm resentful and outraged despite I'm not a minority. I also sentence all the unduly glorifying reviews from earlier reviewers as being absolutely misdirecting as no person can find any of the trumped-up credit within these lyrics said reviewers have been claiming. In only the few snippets I cited above, Common has heinously managed to incite animosity to the police, demean black people, and disrespect women!!!! Again, where in Common's Finding Forever is the merit????
Let's move on to another nightmare: Southside. A few choice examples are: "Nig*as out in Georgetown," "A conscious nig*a with mac like Steve Jobs," and "With nig*as masked up..." Again, I dare any of Common's sheeple-fans to defend these lyrics and divulge what's so praiseworthy about them. Whenever Common uses racial slurs like nig*a--there'd also better not be a double-standard enforced that blacks can use that pejorative while anyone else cannot--he just hurts his own community and lowers decency in general. In addition to these racial affronts, Southside's beat is hypnotically redundant and the lyrics pitifully struggle to be imaginative and clever, but they fall short savagely.
Since he's a rapper, Common's also of the elitist ideology that he's got to address some social issues, and he does this in U, Black Maybe. In it, Common moans insincerely about the black community's problems ranging from discrimination to self-imposed black problems like gang violence and unwanted teen pregnancies. The irony here is monstrously uncontrollable as Common himself--with his gloating promotion of racial slurs, disrespect to women and animosity to the cops--is a part of the problems of the black community. Pathetically, though, he doesn't rap about himself, though he should!!!!
This was my first rap CD, and it made such a disparaging impression on me that it's served to repulse me to the whole rap genre. In a nutshell, the great O'Reilly's right: rap is largely destructive and obscene. What also has me provoked is how Common--and this goes for other rappers, too--sounds very illiterate when rapping; this is not helped at all by the fact that he raps in "ebonics" and makes up colloquial-but-not-official words in his inferior "poetry" that's disguised as rap.
Lastly, and this is calculated precisely for the Common-sheeple who brownnose him at all costs: according to Wikipedia, Common's an inglorious man who's got some character flaws. For one, he's a racist. In a Touch magazine interview, he actually derogated fellow black men for dating white women; secondly, in 2006, at an Emory University concert, he ineptly and discreditably rapped how certain he was that the three Duke Lacrosse players raped the black stripper (of course, all three white players were declared innocent). Further, he named his daughter after an infamous Black Panther!!!! At the risk of redundancy, what the hell do Common's fans praise him for?
Yo, yo, yo, homey, yo! Uuuunnnhhhhhhh! Bling, bling, bling in the hiz house! Fo' shizzle my nizzle! Awwwwwww, yeeeah dog!!!!!!!!, November 18, 2007
By Nero's Fire Against The Christians "Stabbing ... (Break your Neck with Diamond Noose; It's the last you'll ever choose!) - See all my reviews
Infamous rapper Jay-z returns with American Gangster which is based on the Denzel Washington film of the same name. Jay-z has slippery and menacing motives for making American Gangster: he's confessed he was IMPRESSED with the Denzel character in American Gangster because, as Jay-z rationalizes, a black guy's never ascended that "high" in a movie before. To recap, the Denzel character's a villainous devil who was a heroin kingpin who smuggled the drug into the US on returning American military planes during Vietnam!!!! Subhumans don't get much lower than the Denzel character, yet to Jay-z, this apparently is flattering for black portrayals in films; as a Caucasian, this offended my bleeding-heart sensibilities to the bone.
I must proudly declare that Bill O'Reilly's my unquestioned guru when it comes to determining which rapper I consider vile, merely degenerate or barely palatable!!!! If you've watched his informative Factor program--and who as a rap fan hasn't?--you know O'Reilly's scorn of late was reserved for Nas because of his sadistic insensitivity to the parents and students of Virginia Tech. Therefore, I actually wasted money on this Jay-z album hoping he wouldn't be another Nas (defined as someone who preaches violence, anti-police venom, profanity and maltreatment of women in his anti-social toxicity disguised as music).
However and morosely, after buying American Gangster and hoping for a rapper who didn't disparage blacks and women or abuse profanity, I must sentence Jay-z as being as bad if not worse than some of the most infamous, foul-mouthed rappers like Naz and Fiddy Cent. This is based on an impartial, independent, and fair and balanced analysis of Jay-z's lyricizing on American Gangster.
The moral relativists who comprise the critics of the entertainment world have wickedly praised Jay-z's album as not glorifying the Frank Lucas story but rather only "exploring" the lure of a gangster's life...BS!!!! Jay-z's lyrics clearly fete the gangster lifestyle since in the context of his lyrics, he's usually "rapping" about all the materialistic appreciation and power a dealer acquires. To the average teen or young man listener, this sounds tempting, not dissuasive, and Jay-z could've and should've included cautionary tales of consequence in his "songs" (such as the fact that dealers end up dead or in prison), or straightforward warnings against such behavior if he was serious about not glorifying the drug dealer/criminal lifestyle.
I base my condemnation of Jay-z on the content and lyrics of just his introduction where he abuses the word ni**er TEN TIMES!!!! Like all violent and depraved rappers, Jay-z uses such inflammatory slurs with liberal abandon and--here's the worst trespass--without ANY RELATION TO THE GIST OF his little rap song. To get the "message" of his introduction out (still don't know what it is due to his illiterate "grammar"), Jay-z surely could've banished the word ni**er. If a white man would "create" a "song" like this, he'd be lynched by Sharpton, Jackson, the ACLU, college professors and the NAACP. I find it very despairing that no one in the black community, or the reviewers here, protests against this self-destructive abuse of slurs.
Moving right along, the poetically titled "Ignorant S*it" has no purpose other than to be purely destructive. The "song" glorifies gang-banging by explicitly describing blacks murdering other blacks (whom he always refers to as ni**ers), celebrates drug-dealing by intimating about details of a drug deal, and glorifies explicit sex by using terms such as c*m, spreading legs, and giving head. Women in this song are referred to as h*es and bit*hes, and the swearing is virulently off the charts: the chorus consists of nothing but "fu*k" or "s*it!!!!"
Yet another equally infamous "song" is "Say Hello." This showpiece of healthy and intelligent social commentary actually encourages already wayward, black disaffection by brainwashing blacks to think they have it so hard, using all kinds of class warfare cliches!!!! He then abuses excuses like poverty et al to justify crime and gang-banging. At the end, Jay-z even has the nerve to aggressively defy people who want rappers like him to stop using the words ni**er and bit*h, instead extorting that he'll only desist if blacks get more handouts or politically correct misconceptions of social "justice."
I'll only cover the aforementioned, three songs to spare the decent reader from being bombarded with the low-minded foulness that infests Jay-z's album; the intelligent reviewer will deduce that the content of these three songs is widespread on American Gangster.
The sacrilege to our society is when American Gangster debuted in early November, it actually did so at number one, total validation of the conviction that our society's ill!!!! Consolidating the unwholesomeness that I've exposed, this album also has the usual flaws of rap: illiterate attempts at grammar, ebonics all over the place, and a reinforcement of slanderous, black stereotypes!!!! I order people who are contemplating purchasing this baseness to perish the thought; if you misguidedly assume this "music's" worthy, I'll pray for you in church on Sundays.
"The Devil is not the Prince of Matter; the Devil is the arrogance of the spirit, faith without smile, truth that is never seized by doubt. The Devil is grim because he knows where he is going, and, in moving, he always returns whence he came."