Monday, September 13, 2010
Empire State of Mind
Yes, I'm home planning for your class right now, but--let's be honest--I'd much rather be at Yankee Stadium watching the concert that Jay-Z and Eminem are performing tonight.
Let me be clear, first of all, that both of these rappers have done things that I think we'd all agree are bad. I think we'd all agree that they both have written lyrics that send bad messages and use inappropriate language. However, I think they both deserve some credit for their talent with words, music, and business. They've written some lyrics that show a strong understanding of U.S. history, and they've written other lyrics that just make you think.
So, since your homework tonight is based on quotations, here are a couple of quotations from Jay-Z's latest album:
"I move onward, the only direction
Can't be scared to fail, searchin' perfection"
"Don't be mad 'cause it's all about progression
Loiterers should be arrested"
What do you think these lyrics mean? Do you think they send a good message? Do you agree with them? Are they inspiring? Why? Do you disagree with any part of these lyrics? Why?
See you tomorrow.