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“Contextually Post-Black Pop-Star Rapper” Is An Incredibly Dumb Group Of Words

By 11.18.13

In recent years, I’ve really tried to avoid “bashing” other people’s writing. I write tons of articles on a weekly basis and, admittedly, I’m wrong just as often as I’m right. And in the vast amount of words I’ve written, I guarantee I’ve used some really dumb phrases to try to prove my points. If someone wanted to pick apart my articles and write think-pieces on stupid things I’ve said, I’m sure he or she could write a book. So, I really try not to come down on other writers too hard.

However, I can’t let New York Times’ Jon Caramanica slide by with one of his most recent statements.

There have been white rap stars before, and white artists who use rapping in a pop framework, but, in effect, Macklemore is the first contextually post-black pop-star rapper. He is a harbinger of cultural and demographic seismic shifts long in motion. His success has taken place largely outside of the traditional hip-hop ecosystem, though his songs have crept onto hip-hop radio, an acknowledgment of their ubiquity and of the diversity of the listening audience.

“Contextually post-black pop-star rapper” is a group of words that don’t make any damn sense together. I don’t know if Caramanica just jumbled words together that he thought sounded provocative or not, but “post-black pop-star rapper” sure sounds troll-y. And I’m definitely not putting that past a guy who once said Nicki Minaj was the most influential act in Hip-Hop right now.

I think Caramanica’s argument is that Macklemore is a rap act that’s been able to find success outside of the confines of rap radio or rap circles (even though he’s always gotten blog love) (although is still sort of a rapper and reached his pinnacle of fame outside of rap radio) (even though Kid Rock considered himself a rapper) (even though who gives a sh*t this is a stupid conversation to even have)(I’m pissed I’m even talking about this because some guy wrote some dumb words together to get this exact reaction out of me).

I have a few questions for Caramanica:

1. Was there a pre-Black rap act? Or just a Black rap act?

2. Are there any post-White rap stars?

3. Can “post-Black” be applicable to any other walk of life? Was Larry Bird a post-Black NBA player? Am I doing this right?

4. Seriously, what the f*ck does this mean?

Don’t worry, though, Caramanica. Your words are not forgotten because we have the USA Today to thank for the ambiguous-but-I-still-feel-like-I-should-be-offended sentence du jour.

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The USA Today called Best Man Holiday a “race-themed” movie. Because it has Black people in it. I also don’t know what this means.

Maybe I’m dumb. Maybe I don’t anymore understand how to react to people who don’t understand Black people. Maybe there are perfectly reasonable explanations for these phrases.

But until I get one, I’ll just sit here feeling offended.

Previously: On Trinidad Jame$, TDE, Being Misquoted & Misrepresented In Media

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