Remind me of Thelonius and Dizzy
‘The break beats you get broken with / on time and inappropriate / Hip Hop went from selling crack to smoking it / Medicine for loneliness / Remind me of Thelonius and Dizzy’ If one interprets the first bar here as a reference to Blow’s ‘The Breaks’ this augments the hypothesis already put forth in the preceding bars, that the life of rappers was imitating their crime ridden narratives. The crack smoking and ‘medicine for loneliness’ juxtaposed with the preceding names of two seminal jazz artists, can be easily interpreted as a reference to the destructive heroin addictions of such greats as Charlie Parker. This interpretation reads thus: The capitalist materialistic politics and culture of hip hop are essentially killing the artists just as the jazz culture destroyed and conspired to the downfall of Jazz artists like Chet Baker et.al.
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