I'm a color reporter
(Rose City on the 409)
But the city's been bled white
(White city on the yellow line)
Bled White by Elliott Smith

XO engineer/producer/mixer Larry Crane is cited in Matthew LeMay’s 33 1/3 book as saying that “…the lack of color in ‘Bled White’ has its origins in Smith’s skeptical eye towards gentrification…” (p. 48)

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Eat meat, hate blacks, beat your fuckin' wife
It's all the same thing
Liar by Bikini Kill

In the liner notes, the lyrics “It’s all the same thing” (which is what Hanna actually sings on the track) is crossed out and corrected to read “connected”, demonstrating a richer, less-reductive analysis more in keeping with Kimberle Crenshaw’s theory of intersectionality.

In a 2013 SPIN interview, Hanna commented:

Do I regret some lyrics like, “Eat meat / Hate blacks / It’s all the same thing”? Yes. Because that’s not a smart way of talking about intersectionality, and I regret it."

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If Sonic Youth thinks you're cool
Does that mean everything to you?
Thurston Hearts The Who by Bikini Kill

Sonic Youth did in fact think that Bikini Kill were very cool, and later featured Kathleen Hanna in their video for Bull in the Heather

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JGBNkLM9_8

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Thurston hearts The Who
How about you?
Thurston hearts The Who
Do you heart The Who too?
Thurston hearts The Who
How about you?
Thurston hearts The Who
Do you heart The Who too?
Thurston Hearts The Who by Bikini Kill

BK would later draw from Dr. Seuss for another song title

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"You get so emotional baby" Double Dare Ya by Bikini Kill

Whitney Houston fan Kathleen Hanna works in a subversive reference to the star’s hit:

http://youtu.be/0YjSHbA6HQQ

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Met Donald Trump and he froze up
Standing on his Bentley yelling "Pimps down, hoes up"
Ghetto Manifesto by The Coup 1

A rare and welcome lyric positing general poor/working class identification with the labor dynamics dealt with by sex workers, a marginalized and criminalized sector of the workforce.

Also not the first time The Coup has problematized identification with pimps while maligning The Donald to hilarious effect

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Low-paid prostitutes with no fishnets WAVIP by The Coup (Ft. Das Racist & Killer Mike)

Many leftists use sex workers' lives as a shock value metaphor for all workers' exploitation under capitalism. Riley has generally been better than most at writing about sex workers as real people and full fledged characters in his songs, as a sector of the workforce rather than some sort of insulting wake-up call to it.

It is notable that Riley specifies “low paid” here, speaking to the range of conditions in which sex workers work, and the “fishnets” pun (give a sex worker a fish and s/he’ll eat for a day…) is priceless

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May all your guns go off if it's time to bust The Guillotine by The Coup 1

Boots revisits a recurring concern

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"Somethin somethin somethin, somethin, I get weeded"
My daughter scribbled over that rhyme, I couldn't read it
Any Man by Eminem

Eminem has a daughter named Hailey and if you mention her in a song, he will kill you

Although his daughter is old enough to be a teenager, so you kind of wonder if she’s going to rebel against her father by being a button-down Christian, preserving her virginity and listening to Lawrence Welk

As a side note, this song-ending conceit of his daughter actually scribbling over all but the last three words of the line in his rhyme book is amazing

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February 22nd, 2014

I also think this is a playful attack on people who criticized him around this point for constantly rapping about drugs. So with him saying “… Somethin, I get weeded” He is making fun of the fact that no matter what he puts in front of it they only hear the weeded part.

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All the warnings from the punk rock 101 courses over the years, since my first introduction to the, shall we say, ethics involved with independence and the embracement of your community has proven to be very true. Kurt Cobain's Suicide Note by Kurt Cobain

A likely reference to Kurt’s time in Olympia, Washington where he connected with the politicized, community-oriented DIY punk rock scene

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