Blues people got the blue chip stock option
Invisible man, got the whole world watching
A double allusion to classics of black literature. Blues People is a seminal work of musical criticism by the black militant poet LeRoi Jones, written in 1963 about the fate of black music in a predominantly white country. Those observations, Mos suggests, are applicable to the state of hip-hop as well, circa 1999, except that now the financial stakes (“blue chip stock options”) are higher.
And Invisible Man refers to Ralph Ellison’s great novel about the black experience; the paradox is that blacks (in hip-hop, at least) are no longer “invisible,” that is, ignored by white America and its power structures, but are in fact among its most recognizable faces, and its most prominent cultural ambassadors.
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