There are few things more ridiculous than when conservatives try to do pop culture, whether it’s their lame attempts at being Daily Show copycats that have crashed and burned or this hilarious article by David Goldman accusing Jay-Z of fomenting “American fascism” — with Obama in on the whole thing, of course. He quotes the lyrics from a Jay-Z song called DOA and gives this amusing analysis of it:
The explicit call to violence (including chain-snatching as a form of political expression) is a playful challenge to his “political connects,” namely the president. One should not conclude from this that Obama favors criminal violence, but rather that the popular response to Jay Z’s evocation of felonious rage is so great that Obama finds it convenient to exploit it. There is nothing at all new in any of this: we heard it before from Nietzsche in his evocation of the “blond beast’s” life-affirming violence, from George Sorel, from Mussolini’s call for “creative violence.”
Jay Z appeals to the same kind of rage that Hitler and Mussolini exploited during the interwar years…
This is a war in which there are no knockout punches, no decisive battles: It is an extended war of attrition to recreate a conservative majority from the grass roots up, in the face of a truly evil effort to exploit the rage and frustration of young Americans. It will last the rest of our lifetimes and more.
But as Amanda Marcotte points out, the song DOA is actually about…autotune. Seriously.
Oh man, that’s very scary! I mean, “DOA”! Whatever you do, however, don’t actually listen to the song itself, which came out in 2009 and is short for…..wait for it…. “Death Of Autotune”.
Yep, the “violent” lyrics Goldman is talking about are not actually a call to go out and hurt Republicans. He casually leaves out the lyrics like, “This is death of auto-tune, death of the ringtone”, because that might the idiots reading his column realize that the song is actually about how the song itself is like “a deadly weapon” against not actual human beings but heavily autotuned music. Or maybe Goldman thinks that “autotune” is secret hip-hop code for “crotchety white people”. I can assure him, it’s not. It’s a production tool you can use to make someone’s voice sing-songy that happens to be really popular in music right now.
Hell, I’m all for violence to end the threat of autotune.