September 28th, 2007


Lupe Fiasco

They posted this to Idolator, to make fun of the video. But I'm liking the analog beat, and Lupe gets off some nice lines. Extra points for the mythological references: "I'm flying on Pegasus you flying on a pheasant", "I'm a West Side Poseidon" and almost feminist references to "foreplay-less sexists."

Not all of his verses are as successful -- the first part "I'm fearless, now hear this, I'm earless, and I'm peerless, that means I'm eyeless, which means I'm tearless, which means my iris resides where my ears is ..." good concept, nice internal rhyme (eyeless/iris), but rhyming 'tearless' with 'ears is?' Ummm... and all those "which means" and "that means" are pretty awkward, too.

He gets better as he goes along, but he's being paid really well, he should maybe spend some more time editing. Maybe he'll grow up into a great MC eventually.


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I was typing something and once again misspelled 'separate.' Which made me think about Marvin Bell.
Marvin Bell is a poet, and a professor in the Iowa Writer's Workshop. I had him as a teacher several times, and always enjoyed him, as a poet, teacher, and goofball.

Anyway I remember being in a workshop, and someone very serious had just finished reading a longish poem. No one said anything, and Bell was hunched over the mimeographed* poem. Finally he broke the silence. "Remember, there's a rat in 'separate'"

I remember practically nothing of what he said about writing poetry, but I do remember that. He actually had a fondness for silly spelling mnemonics like that, e.g. "The Principal is your 'pal'"

*yes, mimeographed. Xerox copies were too expensive. We got Mimeograph masters, and typed -- with typewriters -- our manuscripts on them. They printed in blurry blue, and the 20th copy was blurrier than the first. And if you ran the machine, you got blue ink all over your hands.