Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Bar Exam

Artist: Joell Ortiz
Track: Slaughterhouse - Joe Budden (with Joell Ortiz, Nino Bless, Crooked I, Royce Da 5'9")
Album: Halfway House

I define gutter, everytime I rhyme I climb up another notch
Hip hop got my spine smothered
But I'll be fine brother
My mind hovers above all you jive suckers
Listen, that's word to my mother
You throw a shot at me
I'm throwing a shot back
Your's is on a joint
Mine's whistling by your top hat
Ya I'm cool, but you violate and I'll cock back
Open the mac's mouth and black out like I do not rap
I'm sick and tired of niggas lyin'
They fifth is lyin in they second drawer
Next door to some bullshit they ironed
Ya'll be makin up stories that them little kids be buyin'
I do everything my Penn State like a Nittany Lion
I ain't gotta mention the streets on this song
To get in a nigga ass on these beats like a thong, pause
Veterans co-sign me, the up and comers scared
The pretty girls go "Papi here's my underwear."
Never in a hundred years I thought I'd be a rapper
But in less than a hundred bars I knew I'd be a factor
I'm PS4 in HD and the screen is plasma
You're Atari 2600 with a weak adapter
Between us the gap's so crazy
I'm Gucci, Louis V, you're Gap, Old Navy
I get coochie in the V, you attract no ladies
You're suburb, I'm gutter where it make cat's go crazy

Sunday, May 2, 2010

CFP: Rap and Hip Hop Culture

Who: PCA/ACA & Southwest/Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations Joint Conference

Dates: April 20-23, 2011

Where: San Antonio, TX

Proposal submission deadline: December 15, 2010

Conference hotel:
Marriott Rivercenter San Antonio
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
USA Phone: 1-210-223-1000

Proposals for both Panels and Individual Papers are now being accepted for the Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture Area. We had excellent representation in this Area for 2010, and we are looking to expand in both quantity and complexity for 2011. This year, we are particularly interested in proposals that address the following:
- Intersections of Hip Hop and Pedagogy
- Rap Music, Hip Hop Culture, and Space/Place
- Theoretical approaches to Hip Hop (i.e., Language Theory/Postmodernism/Social Theory)
- Rap, Hip Hop, and Academic Disciplinarity
- Rhetorical Approaches to Rap Music and Hip Hop Culture
- Rap, Hip Hop, and Film/Documentary
- Hip Hop Subjectivities/Agency
- Anthropological/Sociological approaches to Hip Hop Culture
- Economics and Hip Hop Culture
- Discussions of international Hip Hop
- Intersections of Hip Hop and Religion/Theology
- Hip Hop and Technology
- Latino Hip Hop
- Women and Hip Hop
- Hip Hop in the age of Obama

As always, papers and panels that consider the myriad ways that Rap Music and Hip Hop culture impact and feed upon Popular and American culture are encouraged. This Area should be construed broadly, and we seek papers that aren’t afraid to take risks. Proposals from Graduate Students are particularly welcome, with award opportunities for the best graduate papers.Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words with relevant audio/visual requests by December 15, 2010, to Robert Tinajero at the email below. Panel proposals should include one abstract of 200 words describing the panel, accompanied by the underlying abstracts of 250 words of the individual papers that comprise the panel.

Robert Tinajero,,

-- Nick J. Sciullo