Rap battle: Howard vs Rudd

Written By: - Date published: 9:55 am, December 11th, 2007 - 7 comments
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Somehow I missed this when it was originally posted. In case you did too…

7 comments on “Rap battle: Howard vs Rudd”

  1. Robinsod 1

    What can I say? That’s hilarious – on a slightly more disturbing note I had this sent to me the other day:

    I’m still not sure what to make of it…

  2. excellent Rudd/Howard clip.

    robinsod, that link’s pretty rough. the Wiesenthal Institute, of the Riefenstahl Trust would have lots and lots to say about it.

  3. that’s “OR” the R trust, definitely not “of”

  4. Robinsod 4

    Yeah Bean, it’s a hell of a confused/difficult subtext. I’ve had a bit of difficulty unpackaging its metanarratological threads. Little help?

  5. ah i think it’s just a cheap commercial exploitation of a very delicate peice of footage, the significance of which is lost on the target audience.

  6. Robinsod 6

    In that case it sits quite well as an artifact of Jamesonian postmodernity: it is both representative of the death of affect, the commodification of historical signs subsequent to the separation of signifier and signified.

    Well, that’s what I thought at first as well but I have trouble reconciling that interpretation with the thing’s viscerally and the fact that the gangster-rap/nazi conjunction may be deliberately paradoxical (thus giving the clip a grounded irony based in race-identity narratives) or could equally be looking to imply similarities between the two discourses particularly surrounding the idea of masculine violence. It’s picking whether there is a supernarrative in place here and if so what it is that’s bugging me.

    Some days I find the world a very confusing place…

  7. Robinsod 7

    sorry that should be “and the commodification”…

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