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Monday, March 28, 2011

Anybody Want To Know What Cynicism Is?

'Nothing' is the fourth studio album by the American, rock, funk and hip hop ensemble 'N.E.R.D' (No One Ever Really Dies). 
       On vocals, despite Pharrell Williams' vain attempts at falsetto, there's an element of ironic truth behind his glibly composed lyrics. What caught my attention on this album though, is the band's almost 'nouvelle vague' feature-track, It's In The Air'.
   It goes without saying that on this number, Orwellian dystopia gets the N.E.R.D treatment. The song opens with a sample of Rhode-Island congressman, Patrick Kennedy's infamous outburst of disgust at the US media's mixed up priorities: 
    Long story short, when they should've been covering the hard-hitting topic of the withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, the media's moguls decided to 'get-rich-quick' off of scandals surrounding politician Eric Massa. That sounds FAR too familiar. Need I say Iris Robinson, or even (non-political) Jade Goody? Further on down the track, sleek, quick-fire verses from Shay Haley accompanied by the iconic Chad Hugo on keys, create an upbeat tempo. Throw in a 'Big Brother' reference here  ('1984' George Orwell) and a 'woof' there and it gets as messy as the media.

Doesn't sample the rant for some reason.

"You wanna know what cynicism is?" Kennedy shouted, his voice cracking. "There's one, two press people in this gallery. We're talking about Eric Massa 24/7 on the TV, we're talking about war and peace, $3 billion dollars, a thousand lives, and no press? No press? You wanna know why the American public is fit? They're fit [does he mean fed up?] because they're not seeing their Congress do the work that they're sent to do, it's because the press, the press of the United States is not covering the significant issue of national importance, and that's the laying of the lives down in the nation, for the service of our country. It is despicable, the national press corps right now."

When the shit hits the fan.
Get real, not rich.


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