AEIdeas

The public policy blog of the American Enterprise Institute

Subscribe to the blog

Discussion: (16 comments)

  1. My contributions:

    “The What” by Notorious B.I.G. feat. Method Man, mostly for this one line, “F*ck the world, don’t ask me for sh*t
    And everything you get ya gotta work hard fot it.”

    Also Eric B.’s “Paid in Full”: “Thinkin’ of a master plan / Cuz ain’t nuthin but sweat inside my hand / So I dig into my pocket, all my money is spent / So I dig deeper but still comin’ up with lint / So I start my mission- leave my residence / Thinkin’ how could I get some dead presidents / I need money, I used to be a stick-up kid / So I think of all the devious things I did / I used to roll up, this is a hold up, ain’t nuthin funny / Stop smiling, be still, don’t nuthin move but the money / But now I learned to earn cos I’m righteous / I feel great! so maybe I might just / Search for a 9 to 5, if I strive / Then maybe I’ll stay alive / So I walk up the street whistlin this / Feelin out of place cos, man, do I miss / A pen and a paper, a stereo, a tape of / Me and Eric B, and a nice big plate of / Fish, which is my favorite dish / But without no money it’s still a wish / Cos I don’t like to dream about gettin’ paid / So I dig into the books of the rhymes that I made / To now test to see if I got pull / Hit the studio, cos I’m paid in full”

  2. I like rap music (though maybe not the hard-core “authentic” rap) and I like cultural conservatism, so I am looking forward to this series.

  3. I’m just shocked at how much hip-hop has fallen, with Justin Bieber considered part of the genre!

    1. “….with Justin Bieber considered part of the genre!” By whom? Aei?

      1. “…featuring Busta Rhymes”

        when was the last time Busta sang pop music?

  4. Rory Daulton

    I believe that quote from “John 3:17″ should be stated as from “1 John 3:17.”

  5. Dude, it’s not John 3:17. It’s 1 John 3:17. There’s a difference.

  6. Caucasian American

    “I’ll even make my son be Republican/so everybody know he love white people”

  7. Alec Pronk

    This is just plain messed up. The quotes from this cook Mark Steyn are disrespectful and way off the mark. Rap is way out of your comfort zone and maybe you should research and listen to more rap before you write some straight-up racist bull.

    1. Caucasian American

      preach

  8. Eminem, “Not afraid”

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j5-yKhDd64s

    :)

    Charles

  9. Some Guy

    Sir Mix A Lot’s No Holds Barred is the perfect paean to the right to self-defense.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHtSSSLn9E8

    And his Swap Meet Louie is a pretty good defense of intellectual property rights.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0IrjFamL2c

  10. Sophist

    **When Mr. Bieber turns to discussing the policy implications of 1 John 3:17[…]it is private charity, not government redistribution that he sees as the way forward[…]This is what “asking the rich to pay their fair share” should look like — not coercion through the tax system, but an appeal to humanity’s moral core.**

    In other words, you want to ditch the system that has worked to alleviate suffering fir they system that was abandoned because of hundreds of years of evidence showing that it was ineffectual.

    (Also, how can you type the phrase “Mr. Bieber turns to discussing the policy implications” and retain any shred of dignity?)

  11. you know what’s rad? taking an art form historically associated with a disenfranchised minority and using its trapping to criticize those exact people. seems weird to jack your entire aesthetic and sound from the same people you call ‘lazy’ but, what do i know, i just actually listen to rap music that isn’t explicitly created for middle-class white people

  12. Johnny Deep

    LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL. Yeah. “Rap music is for conservatives!” You peoples are hysterical. Hysterically delusional….

  13. Adam Claycomb

    To quote Jay-Z:

    “Well, we don’t believe you, you need more people”
    – Takeover, The Blueprint

Comments are closed.

Sort By:

Refine Content:

Scholar

Additional Keywords:

Refine Results

or to save searches.

Open
Refine Content