The rapper Common was invited to take part in a White House Poetry event on Wednesday, angering some GOP members who claim the hip-hop artist’s lyrics celebrate violence. Last night’s “Evening of Poetry,” part of Michelle Obama’s White House Music Series, reportedly went smoothly, showcasing performers like singer Aimee Mann, comedian Steve Martin, and former poets laureate Billy Collins and Rita Dove. But some right-wing idiots criticized Common’s participation in the event, pointing to controversial rhymes he recited on a 2007 episode of HBO’s “Def Poetry”: “Why they messing with Saddam? / burn a Bush cos’ for peace he push no button / killing over oil and grease / no weapons of destruction,” Im not too much of a fan of Commons newer stuff, but Ill give him credit for this. Amazing poem and a great performance. Some people really have a problem with this, but I would still love to see the reaction if Weezy got invited to the White House.
In Eminems newest video, he is giving a major poetic shout out to his home town of Detroit. This isnt a music video, but more of a head nod to the streets that raised him and the streets that he is clearly happy to say that he is from. Detroit is kind of a weird story if you ask me. Its the backbone of the auto industry in this nation, but the place couldnt be more of a dump. All you hear is how hard the people work, and how their determination and sweat help mold their city. I admire that, but also kind of feel bad for them too. These people work so hard, and are barely keeping their heads above water. Maybe instead of a cute youtube video, Em could start sprinkling around some of the Shady Aftermath paper to these people. Just a thought.
A few months ago we had an article about George Watsky, Pale Kid Fast Freestyle, and since then we have really been digging on his stuff. Not just his album (which is free and you should totally download) but his youtube clips of poetry and various other stand up acts. This is by far my favorite, just because he touches on so many good points. My mom has stuttered for her whole life, but you would never know it. She’s been able to overcome it, even when she’s steaming mad, or whyling out to techno music and dancing around the kitchen. This poem, if you really listen to it, hits on a ton of awesome points that people with speech impediments deal with.
This is a really powerful poem by Taylor Mali cleaned up a bit (aka censored) for a teacher’s inservice audience. I have a lot of friends, and know a lot of people that do not care what people do for a living, or what they do for people, all they want to know about your job is how much money you make a year, and that is the only important thing to them, money. Well those people really have to wake up and realize everything in this world isn’t about money, it’s about enjoying what you do every day, helping others become better individuals, being happy, and making the world a better place. So to all the teachers and every other profession that doesn’t make a lot of money in the eyes of your peers, thank you for what you are doing.