Not live, we just exciting
A witty addition to Morrison’s litany in the original list of doublets in The Bluest Eye:
…we were not strong, only aggressive; we were not free, merely licensed; we were not compassionate, we were polite; not good, but well behaved. We courted death in order to call ourselves brave, and hid like thieves from life.
Here, Def suggests the “exciting” nature of mainstream rap is not truly “live”; it’s just a form of entertainment, performing to entertain the oppressor, which isn’t really living at all.
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