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Rapper Feud Mirrors World Politics

July 23, 2009 by jjosh

(your basic world superpower)

Great bit on NPR yesterday morning about how conflict in the world political arena is mirrored by conflict in the rap world. A fun metaphor, and the guy who worte a paper on it just runs with it in a really smart and fun way, pointing out lots of parallels to how large powers deal with smaller upstarts and vice versa. Things to listen out for:

– the host’s extremely white chortle/guffaw at some of the parallels

– how excited the interviewee is about rap

– Kanye coming in as Europe at the end in a blink-or-you-miss-it metaphor extension that is so right!!!

NPR Morning Edition – Rap=World

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Bonus points to NPR for having downloadable mp3’s of their stories.

Additional points to me for participating in a focus group years ago at NPR concerning their websites. I had just gone freelance, had some time off, and my friend’s husband was conducting studies for NPR on how to improve their website. I was filmed using their site and then asked questions about how the experience was. I told them some things were confusing, and everything should be able to be downloaded. Nice.


  1. KT Granger says:

    That very same morning, NPR also had a segment on Pablo Escobar’s theme park with wild animals and dinosaurs! A surreal morning to be sure.

  2. odin's daddy says:

    cant wait, last time we got a gem from NPR it became talkin wu!

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