Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Rap Feuds Mirror World Politics

"Mark Lynch, professor at George Washington University and the director of the Institute of Middle East Studies, tells Steve Inskeep he has always been a rap fan and is interested in parallels between rap, political science and international reactions."

NPR: Rapper Feud Mirrors World Politics

Foreign Policy: Jay-Z Schools Us In U.S. Hegemony

"So Jay-Z, like the United States after the war in Iraq, has got a tough decision to make," he says. "Do you ignore these provocations? But then they might spread — then people might think that you're weak. Do you hit down really hard? You could maybe destroy The Game, but you're going to be exhausted in the process."

It's like the United States having to fight counterinsurgency campaigns worldwide. The more powerful you are, Lynch says, the more limits there are on your ability to use that power.

"Heck, when [Jay-Z] tried to retire after the Black Album, he found himself dragged back into the game (shades of America's inward turn during the Clinton years?)."

1 comment:

Alexander said...

I caught this on NPR's twitter but haven't read it yet...your blog is on point though, way to bring the world up to speed