Rap Genius co-founder Mahbod Moghadam The Rap Genius guide to annotating the news by Digiday (Ft. Ricardo Bilton) 16

On the site he is simply known as “Maboo” (mysterious name, no?)

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Context is king The Rap Genius guide to annotating the news by Digiday (Ft. Ricardo Bilton) 16

A play on James Henry Hammond’s 1858 speech before the U.S. Senate, where he assserted that “Cotton is King” for the Southern U.S. states

Also a play on the common media schtick, “content is king.” Fun new media variants in recent years have put an emphasis on things like “context,” but other approaches to taking this and turning it go something like “…but collaboration is queen.”

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I have retained legal counsel. I Unconditionally Deny the Newsweek Report by Dorian Satoshi Nakamoto 10

The “legal counsel” in question is Ethan Kirschner, who does plaintiff work, another indication Nakamoto may be gearing to sue Newsweek. He would likely have grounds for a lawsuit on the basis of defamation, emotional distress, lost compensation, or invasion of privacy.

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Underneath the taffeta FALLINLOVE2NITE by Prince (Ft. Zooey Deschanel)

A crisp, smooth, plain woven fabric made from silk or cuprammonium rayons. The word is Persian in origin and means “twisted woven.”

It sounds like Prince likes to stay beneath a light set of sheets whilst making love, which in my opinion simply creates puddles of sweat and a huge mess — but then again I am a really sweaty person…

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I am still sleeping
In my blue dream and
My Afternoon Dream by Jhene Aiko

Most likely Jhene is dreaming in a soft, oceanic blue, like the Hawaiian ocean

And/Or she could be going through a Picassoesque “Blue Period”…

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Throw em back, till I lose count Chandelier by Sia 15

Sia is abusing liquor — we have no information on whether she — like Nicki Minaj — is able to keep count of her money…

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It's like happy violence Happy Violence by Dada Life (Ft. Johanna Berglund)

If you think about it, sex is a violent activity that people seem to enjoy, like pig wrestling

In the act of intercourse, a man is essentially stabbing another person with his dick…

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Feynman and the Stoics exaggerated their objectivity not to undermine but as a means to fight bad habits. Contemptuous Expressions by Ryan Holiday 12

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Deeply Stoic exercise Contemptuous Expressions by Ryan Holiday 12

A school of Hellenistic philosophy founded in Athens by Zeno of Citium in the early 3rd century BC.

The Stoics taught that a disciplined, ascetic person would not suffer; here, Feynman’s dad is seemingly being pessimistic, telling him to not respect people cast in celebrated positions, but really he is teaching his son not to take anything too seriously

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Rinse yourselves of the intoxicating waters of Lake Wobegon Women Should Embrace the B’s in College to Make More Later by Catherine Rampell

A play on Dave Chapelle / Prince’s advice to Charlie Murphy to “purify [him]self in the waters of the Lake Minnetonka”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnWdnD0oyBk

Lake Wobegon is a fictional Minnesota town featured on A Prairie Home Companion and is described as a place where “all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

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