These Days: Monday, July 3rd, 2017
Anti Semitism: Here is a line from Jay-Z’s masterful and mordant “The Story Of O.J.”
“You wanna know what’s more important than throwin’ away money at a strip club? Credit.
You ever wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America? This how they did it.”
First, it’s a pity who would place it on one of his greatest songs, but also, is it anti-Semitism? Armin Rosen in Tablet (here) dubs iit roleplaying, but then again what isn’t? The truth is, if Jaybo is playing a role there should be a kicker to the line, maybe it is just clumsiness on controversy and very sadly on a song that deserves more. And if that is roleplaying, what is the “nigga” litany chorus? Personally, I don’t think it is anti-Semitism. Rather, it is an exaggerated thought that adds up to good advice. The “Jewish” was unnecessary but if Jay-Z’s point was that to successfully work in real estate you need to know how to use credit, he is right. What I do think is that when you read the New York Times review of 4:44 and they don’t even mention it, it has no traction but now try this on for size. Imagine if Luke Bryan had written “You wonder why Jewish people own all the property in America?” and imagine the fallout. His career might have been over by now. Also, if Kid Rock had said it…
Sports: Wow, both the Yanks and the Mets got completely shellacked yesterday. The Yanks lost 1 – 8, also, “The Yankees wrapped up a 3-4 roadtrip in which they lost players to injury, leads and games they should’ve won. They are 5-14 since starting 38-23. They are 2-5 against Houston, which improved to an MLB-best 29 games over.500.” They are also 3 games behind the first place Red Sox in the American League, they’re playing .400 ball and they need the homestand of a lifetime to get back into it.
POTUS: I swear it this guy is insane. It is so bizarre, it’s like we have our very own Kim Jong-Un…. Trimp posted this on his twitter account:
Old Music: I’ve been listening to a ton of old the Fall now I have a ticket to their Baby’s ALl Right in September. They won’t be playing em, but that first run of three albums from the late 70s: Live At The Witch Trials, Dragnet, and Totale’s Turns is as great as any first three albums at any time.
New Music: Jay-Z and Peter Perrett rule my turntable, followed closely by Ski Mask The Slimp Dog. Ratboy are bringing up the rear.