Friday, December 19, 2003

Maoist international music reviews! [via MeFi]
As much as Lopez would like to pretend it is otherwise, social status and wealth are inextricably linked in capitalist society. She sings, 'Don't be fooled by the rocks that I got, I'm still Jenny from the block,' as if one could go from being lumpenproletariat to fabulously wealthy without any change of class consciousness. Whether she likes it or not, she benefits from the exploitation of others. The lifestyle she leads, i.e. the rocks that she's got, is only possible through the slavery of imperialism. 'Make the money, get the mansion, bring the homies with us' may assuage her settler guilt, but it only reinforces the depressed economic conditions of the ghetto she claims to represent, to say nothing of the country-sized ghettoes Amerikan hegemony creates. "

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