Tri-Lams up! Alpha Betas Down.
So I was in the car today on my way to work, lamenting the death of my keyboard at home, and two interviews caught my attention on the radio.
This made me happy because I hate that my fucking keyboard isn’t working. Do you know how difficult entering www.sublimedirectory.com is when you have to copy and paste every…single…letter?
Like, really friggin’ difficult.
As I always do in the morning, I turn on the car, open up the sunroof, lower the passenger side window, and then turn the radio onto Hot 97.
Most days Miss Jones, DJ Envy, and Michael Shawn/Sean/Shaun are okay, some days they can be really ignorant and offensive, and the rest of the time they’re hit and miss (ie the “Young Bastard” sketches.. THEY’RE NOT FUCKING FUNNY!). Today, however, was a good day. Do you wanna know why? I’ll ‘splain in 3 words:
Kanye. West. Interview.
I only caught the end of it, but it made me happy because we all know that I’m the biggest Kanye West stan on the planet. Seriously. If he needed a kidney I’d give him one. If it wasn’t the right match, I’d give him yours. (Mental Note–ready tub of ice)
Anyway, I didn’t hear enough to expound on it, but I’m sure someone (I’m talking to you, Eskay) will up the audio at some point. It was just cool hearing an interview with him and not “Lil’ Random” or “Yung 1 Hit Wunda”.
I drive a little bit further down the road and I land on Z100. Normally I vomit upon hearing their Morning “Zoo” show, as it’s a bunch of stupid celebrity gossip and prank calls, which annoy me worse than Lil’ Wayne’s rappin’ voice.
Today was different. Today they were interviewing Pete motherfucking Wentz, aka the bass player and lyricist of…wait for it…Fall Out Boy.
He was talking about being a nerd and about how the guys in his audience are the same Guidos that used to beat him up in high school, and how Rude Snowbunnies and their Guidardians (no typo–sound it out) should be kinder to nerds because they could very well be the same kinda kids like Fall Out Boy or other bands like that.
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It kinda got me to thinking, Being a nerd is kinda in right now. I’m not talking about these little honkey ass crackers that rumple their hair and throw on a smedium t-shirt with a fucking Sega Genesis controller on them and claim to be nerds. Those motherfuckers are just as bad as the Guidardians or the Jocks.
I’m talking about genuine nerds. Star Wars, different clothes, sincerely shy, a sense of humor that’s witty without being overly sarcastic.
By crackey, I’m talking about me.
Nah, but f’real.. Kanye West and Pete Wentz are two of music’s biggest stars, one innovative sonically, one innovative lyrically–and they’re both nerds! I’m sorry, but that’s just awesome to me.
The days of the great big intimidating “I’ll fuck you up” rappers are about done (Paging Mr. Jackson–we have a gold watch and a ticket to Palm Springs FL waiting for you at Courtesy Desk 4…). The days of the angry white boy rocker guys have been done for a while (Paging Mr. Durst and Mr. Rock…). Matter ‘fact, even the overly pretentious “LOOK AT ME!” Emo Boys are done, those ingenuous fucks like My Chemical Romance or motherfucking Good Charlotte.. them boys and their pretentiousness and their Oh-So-Kewl dyed hair is about done too. (Paging every other rock band like that…)
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My point is, children, is that talent and sincerity are finding their way back into pop culture. The posturing and posing of yesteryear are about done–we’ve been gimmicked to death.
FOB and Kanye West–two talented and successful musical acts, both fronted by nerds.
Transformers & Superbad–two incredible films both critically and commercially successful, featuring sincere, quirky, nerdy leads.
Me personally, I love this shit. Let the genuine nerds reign, and let the culture vulture crackers and blackers (yeah, I said it) go off into the wayside. Your time has come and gone, and you were kinda boring.
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Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to light another candle in preparation for this coming Tuesday.