Long before I became editor of DigBoston, believe it or not, I was a fairly prolific hip-hop critic, writing for the likes of Spin and the Source. And ever since long before that, I have detested Jay Z and the trite materialistic trash he passes off as conscientious thoughtful boom bap.
Within an hour of waking up last week to countless posts hailing Jay’s genius—many written by people who I’ve never seen prop any music at all, independent or commercial, on social media—I realized the extent to which a lot of them are just like Trump supporters. Not politically, but rather in that they don’t know a lot about a topic, but nevertheless feel compelled to preach about their favorite billionaire.
Without any further ado, I swapped the words “Jay Z” for “Trump” and “4:44” for “hair” in the following posts, really for no reason at all beyond highlighting just how childish and inane all this chatter is in the first place.
Can someone please help me get the new Trump hair on Zune?
Pretty sure these links work for the new Trump hair. I haven’t tried it myself because I’m mobile right now.
Trump’s new hair might be the best hair of 2003
I’m not a Trump fan but the fact I keep seeing people say Kanye means more to the culture than Trump makes me want to go on a shooting rampage.
Thank You Trump!
Sooo apparently Trump dropped a new album or something.
Did anyone not know Trump has been cheating on Beyonce since the beginning? If you ain’t woke enough to know that I don’t know what to tell you. But at least he was smart enough to pay all his sidechicks off.
The hair is great but I see the same people bashing it are the let’s keep it underground and broke. Trump is saying real grown shit.
Trump’s album is an apology to Bey. Bet Kanye’s next album will be an apology to Trump.
Damn … Trump has always had a way of gettin’ under other rappers skin … Welp he’s done it again! LOL. And I love it.
Love this Trump joint. Honest. Transparent. Self-reflective. Soul-Baring. Redemptive. Clever. Can’t knock his evolution.
With all the memes and debates … It’s safe to say that Trump has once again not only created another classic rap album but also brought back Real Rap conversation … In the last 48 hours, his hair was the topic in my barbershop, in my office and in the streets … It felt like the ’90s all over again when me and my crew would sit for hours analyzing and comparing the hottest hair that came out.
A Queens, NY native who came to New England in 2004 to earn his MA in journalism at Boston University, Chris Faraone is the editor and co-publisher of DigBoston and a co-founder of the Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism. He has published several books including 99 Nights with the 99 Percent, and has written liner notes for hip-hop gods including Cypress Hill, Pete Rock, Nas, and various members of the Wu-Tang Clan.