Wednesday, April 16, 2008

The World of Tomorrow, Today (JM)

We are truly entering a brave new world. One where we have a new generation of 90210, a New Kids on the Block Reunion Tour and, my new personal favorite, Bill Cosby's first rap album. That's right, the Cos, had went in to the studio to lay down some tracks and ill rhymes (actually, and sadly, he doesn't rap, but instead speaks around others rapping). Either way, this is assuredly going to be hilarious.

Here's the thing, I very much respect Dr. Cosby for his work, and generally agree with a lot of what he has to say about race relations. He is quite concerned with African-American culture and promoting a sense of personal responsibility. I have a problem with this type of venture, because it's simply never going to sell. It's kind of like Christian rock, the fact is that if you're inclined to listen to Crock in the first place, then you probably don't need the message it's sending. I am sorry Jars of Clay, you probably haven't saved too many souls with your delightful mid-90's Christian pop, even if Flood certainly has managed to at least soothe mine. The same goes for a rap album produced by Bill Cosby. I suspect it will be owned by two types of people: 1. People who had it bought for them by their parents; 2. Lovers of irony. In the first case these kids will learn that lesson very quickly when they bring up the latest Cosby album around their schoolyard chums. As for the second case, I will let you know how it is.

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