URGH! A Music Blog

We Don’t Care About The Young Folks

Posted in Hip-Hop,Kanye West,Peter Bjorn & John by M on August 21, 2007

The cover of Peter Bjorn and John's Young Folks, edited to read: I Only Know the Kanye Version

Sad but true.

Still Katrina’d After All These Years

Posted in Hip-Hop,Kanye West,Music Videos,The Game by M on February 16, 2007

The Game in the video for Wouldn't Get Far

In the outro for his song “Wouldn’t Get Far”, The Game notes that he sees the same “bitches” dancing in videos for Snoop Dogg, Lil Wheezy—and for Hurricane Katrina coverage “floating away on the hood of a Camry”! A college student with a Katrinablog wisely asks:

Has hip-hop gone that far that even something as catastrophic as Hurricane Katrina is used as a punch line to degrade women?

Indeed it has! The track even features an amoral Kanye West, still somehow the patron saint of Katrina coverage, reveling in his promiscuity.

Kanye West and a censored, bikini-clad woman in the video for Wouldn't Get Far

The “Wouldn’t Get Far” video doesn’t contain the offending outro and features some self-mocking, Pop-Up Video humor. Even this doesn’t balance the song’s abhorrent subject matter, though: calling out hip-hop groupies by name and repeating every sexually-based rumor about them. Kanye doesn’t list any specific golddiggers, but The Game seems determined to document as much slutty behavior as he can fit into four minutes.

I actually think keeping Katrina in the public eye is a good thing, and I’m glad to see it even under these circumstances. And I don’t necessarily think a song mocking the girls that bump-and-grind in videos is a bad idea. But there’s nothing good about what Kanye and The Game have done here. Shame on both of you!

Women with nice rims in the video for Wouldn't Get Far

Comments Off on Still Katrina’d After All These Years