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March 26th, 2013
thesmithian

Jay-Z has too many shimmering bars of a now 17-plus year career for this verse to be considered in the same way. Though he does win for saying, All black at the white shows/White shoes at the black shows. There’s something in it that speaks to Jay-Z’s own life and work, to Justin’s life and work, and to their album and upcoming tour. There’s something in it that speaks to the American circle of Elvis supposedly wearing his hair like brothers conking their hair to supposedly look like Elvis and his brethren. There’s something in it about Jay-Z’s very deliberately, multi-culturally booked Made In America music festival. There’s something in it about who gets to do what and who gets credit for what and what makes a song or an artist “go” or “be” “pop,” or not. There’s something in it to twist you out a bit.

more on Justin Timberlake’s new album, here. this piece is written by me.

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