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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr Sampson Simpson View Post
    Can't even call that garbage hip hop. No talent what so ever to make that nonsense. So sad people make millions of stupid shit like this. The beats suck and the lyrics are so uncreative.
    That was the entire point. The entire video is about misdirection. The fact that it worked on you is evidence of it's effectiveness. Try again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. Hellh0und View Post
    How does it capture "the gun culture"?


    you mean the illegal gun inner city violent subculture?


    it doesn't represent any law abiding gun owners.
    He said gun CULTURE. In particular, the video illustrates how guns are protected and ushered around on red velvet while the bodies they claim are treated like trash and unceremoniously dragged out of sight of the public.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blueneck View Post
    First time I've seen this, although it's been made a big deal of, didn't he get a pulitzer or something for this?
    That's news to me and everyone else. Smells like propaganda.

    My first reaction was "meh". It's really no more violent that most movies and whatever statement he is making seems to get lost.
    Just because it's lost on you, doesn't mean it's lost.

    I mean, who didn't know America was like this?
    Wait, I thought the message was getting lost? You seem confused.

    Ha pop music become so tame and sexualized that this is what passes for edgy or political? IMO, he could have pushed it much farther than "I'm nothing but a bar code". Duh.

    Disappointing in it's blandness and lack of focus.
    What are your suggestions for improvement?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. Hellh0und View Post
    He sure is no KRS-One
    That was completely the point. That people pay attention to the lyrics and not the message.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Tetsuro View Post
    That was completely the point. That people pay attention to the lyrics and not the message.



    KRS-one's message was far more powerful than this garbage and scapegoating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. Hellh0und View Post
    KRS-one's message was far more powerful than this garbage and scapegoating.
    And if he did it like KRS-One, the only people that would pay attention would be the people accusing him of biting style. If you know as much as you want people to believe you do, you know that's true.

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    I like it. But I usually like arts. The fact that it's deemed offensive, garbage, vulgar, whatever by the general public, proves that it hits the mark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev. Hellh0und View Post
    How does it capture "the gun culture"?


    you mean the illegal gun inner city violent subculture?


    it doesn't represent any law abiding gun owners.
    A man is having a great time dancing and singing while in the background violence is everywhere. Then he grabs a gun, shoots a guy in the head and gets back to dancing and having a great time. I think the gun was placed on a nice pillow in reverence. Then more dancing, a black choir sings along, he grabs an AR and kills them all, then everyone keeps dancing and singing and having a great time. Not sure how you missed the point but remedial courses are available at your local community college if you were not taught to pay attention.

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    I don't understand why the mods determined this video is extremely violent.
    It isn't.
    It speaks to black fears of today's America.
    Choir members being gunned down? Remember the mass shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC? White supremacist Dylann Roof murdered nine people there.

    Here's an article that was helpful. Childish Gambino?s ?This Is America? Exposes an Expat?s Fear: Opinion ? Variety
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronin Tetsuro View Post
    That's news to me and everyone else. Smells like propaganda.



    Just because it's lost on you, doesn't mean it's lost.



    Wait, I thought the message was getting lost? You seem confused.



    What are your suggestions for improvement?
    How about mentioning the NRA promoting paranoia and inflating culture wars to increase gun $ales? Or political speech substituted by buying an AR15 everytime there's a mass shooting?

    Be blunt. Remember "fuck the police" and make topping that your goal. We have enough wishy washy crap out there. We've all been there and done that with hiding subversive messages in what appears to be benign lyrics decades ago. You want to change the world with your music you're going to have to scream much louder than this.

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