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Chris lives in Austin, TX, where he once shook Willie Nelson's hand.

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  1. Avatar Patrick
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    First time I heard MC Solaar was on Guru’s Jazzmatazz.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Patrick
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      Yeah, he has an English-language record company and has worked with a few American artists, most notably Guru and Missy Elliot. The Missy Elliot song is, like all Missy Elliot songs, awesome:

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  2. Avatar Kazzy
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    I need to listen to these at home, but I had actually been meaning to ask you if foreign hip hop artists use the N-word or some local equivalent the way it is used in American hip hop. I was thinking about Drake’s use of the term — which isn’t really notable given the vast overlap between American and Canadian culture — but it got me thinking more broadly about the phenomenon of the reclamation of the word and all the controversy that surrounds its usage and how this might play out in other cultures.Report

    • Avatar Chris in reply to Kazzy
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      When I first heard Drake, his use of the term made me cringe a bit. I’m still not quite sure why.

      I don’t know that I’ve ever heard the English word in French-language hip hop, and there’s a French equivalent, equally unspeakable (though in France, by pretty much anyone), and I’ve never noticed it in French hip hop. The topic of race comes up a lot in the lyrics, but if there’s a word or words that serves the function that the n-word does in American hip hop, I don’t know it.

      From what I can tell, that word’s not very common in British rap either.

      There is a French slang term that, if you read the lyrics and aren’t familiar with French, looks a lot like it: “niquer,” but it’s pronounced “nee-kay,” and is actually short for “forniquer” (“for-nee-kay”), which means what you probably think it means. The shortening of it is slang for fishing. NTM is actually the abbreviation of “Nique Ta Mère,” which also means what you probably think it means. On the list of badass hip hop names, then, Suprême Nique Ta Mère ranks right at the top.Report

      • Avatar Kazzy in reply to Chris
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        Drake’s use initially gave me pause. But his father is from the American south (Memphis) and he grew up in Toronto, two hours from Buffalo and four hours from Detroit. That makes it hard for me to make an objective argument that his use is really any different from his American counterparts.

        Then again, he’s Drake, so everything he does seems to garner a different reaction. Personally, I am highly amused by his shtick (I’m pretty sure he was trolling everyone with the lint roller at the Raptors game) but I know he rubs a lot of people the wrong way and/or is otherwise seen as soft, a poser, fake, etc.Report

      • Avatar Chris in reply to Chris
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        Drake is a Kentucky fan now, so I’m sort of bound to not hate him. Doesn’t mean I have to listen to him though.Report

  3. Avatar Vikram Bath
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    the work symposium has been delayed

    But the Cheese Symposium is right on schedule.Report

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