It is a choice of evils—I fancy nearly every war is that Letter to Noel Willmett by George Orwell (Ft. Noel Willmett)

Something that Voltaire or Wilde would have said!

In order to at least insure that the extremely evident fascism of Italy and Germany in the 1940s did not go unchecked, war was vital. It did conflict with Orwell’s feelings about the state, but preserved the remaining shreds of liberty that Orwell clung to. There was more hope in supporting a bad war than allowing fascism to spread, thus making the war itself a choice of the lesser “evil.”

And come on — Mussolini literally used the name “Fascist Party” — Orwell was not far off!

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These niggas wanna break my neck
They could, I'm a buck fifty when soaking wet
My hood got a clear port and an ocean deck
Ea$tside by Trinidad James (Ft. Alley Boy, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane & Young Scooter) 1

Nobody really knows what to do with the 150lb Gambino — he’s not hood enough to fight like Gucci, but spits harder than anyone else on this track. His entire swagger is of a different, Hollywood kind, but it kills.

Playing on that entirely different swagger, even his home is not a home. While you grind away for that little mansion in Atlanta, ‘Bino is stashed out on his old-school style retreat, a million dollar yacht somewhere off the Mediterranean coast. This continues the play of the “Venice” line — he stays where his driveway is a literal port and his yard is a deck open to the entire sea. That’s balling. The worst part? You had to learn it from this guy:

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These rappers are so inventive
Your Maserati is rented, my second house is in Venice
Ea$tside by Trinidad James (Ft. Alley Boy, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane & Young Scooter) 1

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Anyone can come up with another stupid line about their cars, homes, and clothes, but few can back it up. While you lie about your Maserati (that you rented), Glover goes home to his other house in Venice. What you lie about is what Gambino owns, no matter how “inventive” your raps get.

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Mikey
January 17th, 2014

It sounds like “invented” to me. As in, they aren’t self-made or real, but artificial instead.

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Shout out to them bad bitches
KOD Miami
Ea$tside by Trinidad James (Ft. Alley Boy, Childish Gambino, Gucci Mane & Young Scooter) 1

The King of Diamonds strip club, every rapper’s retreat of choice. From Young Money stars to Trinidad and Gucci Mane, everyone has taken a tour of the…facilities.

Drake, of course, is the club’s number 1 fan.

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But I love you and I care
So you got to get off that conveyor belt
If I could
I would come right in and take you off myself
Another is Waiting by The Avett Brothers

The “conveyor belt” is not a grocery store, but instead the constantly moving cycle of body image issues perpetuated by modern culture. While magazines may sit next to the conveyor belt, the real system is the one forcing girls into lifelong struggles with weight and image, leading to depression, pain, and worse. The singer, of course, is always willing to try to fix this. The pain expressed is similar to that found in Maroon 5’s “You Set the Scene.”

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If one simply proclaims that all is for the best and doesn’t point to the sinister symptoms, one is merely helping to bring totalitarianism nearer Letter to Noel Willmett by George Orwell (Ft. Noel Willmett)

Fascism is one of the “isms” that promises more than it can deliver. The ideas of equality, freedom, and voice are extended, often serving to mask the full reality of a fascist government: it is a dictatorship. The “sinister symptoms” of civil rights abuses, spying, and outright manipulation of power can be ignored by those seeking the pure ideal, but they still manifest and destroy any hope of purity. The same indifferent youth that extoll the values of fascism almost always fail to note its intense faults.

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To begin with there is the general indifference to the decay of democracy. Do you realise, for instance, that no one in England under 26 now has a vote and that so far as one can see the great mass of people of that age don’t give a damn for this? Letter to Noel Willmett by George Orwell (Ft. Noel Willmett)

Political indifference is nothing new, but was particularly strong in what was supposedly a post-suffrage world. The restriction of voting to 26 and up (matched by the extension of voting rights to women over 30) was taken as the cake, rather than a slice of democracy. As a result, the entire populace takes on an indifferent, sluggish appearance when supposedly mid-fight for freedom. Orwell’s weariness and fear makes sense.

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Oh, take the world and burn it in a spoon Mightiest of Guns by A.A. Bondy

The single tightest metaphor for inhaling the world ever constructed. To absorb the world fully, it must enter your veins and take control of who you are, becoming part of you. The same is true for sorrow. By “burning” the world in a spoon, a common tactic for preparing heroin, and injecting it, you can absorb and become the good and bad all at once. The idea is positive, but the reality is grim, all part of the same world in which we live.

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Me and you, what can we do
When the words we use sometimes
Are misconstrued
You and I by Wilco (Ft. Feist)

Closeness also does not promise the ability to share and understand. With a relationship built on passion rather than a developed friendship, they struggle to relate the visions and thoughts that they want. This divide widens with each word, slowly wearing away even at the well established closeness.

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This one we made just for fall
And winter runs a bit too small
Paper Doll by John Mayer

The theme of constant wardrobe changes continues, but as a walking metaphor: the girl (heavily suggested to be Taylor Swift) is living a wandering, circular life. She constantly feels the need to draft a new appearance, despite remaining constantly under a shell. As the seasons turn, from fall to winter, nothing changes.

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