July 10th, 2013 11:52am

Come To The Housewarming

Jay-Z “SomewhereInAmerica”

Jay-Z’s most interesting lyrics these days are focused on his frustration with attaining an extraordinarily high level of success, but still feeling shut out from the highest echelons of society. He’s sending a message to everyone coming up behind him: No matter what you do, you’re going to have to confront racism. In this song, he’s talking about making enough money that he can force himself into their community whether they like it or not – rap star gentrification, basically. But once he gets there, he just watches some rich white girl pop star appropriate dance moves from his culture, and all he can do is laugh with bitter condescension.

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