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Eazy-E vs William Shakespeare

“I look you dead in the eye,
Then I spit.
I tell you to your face,
Punk, you ain’t shit!'”
– Eazy-E / Two Hard Muthas


“I do defy him,
And I spit at him;
Call him a slanderous coward
And a villain!”
– William Shakespeare / King Richard II


I wish I could remember the name of the person who first brought this bizarre parallel to my attention, but I can’t. However, I first learned of it circa 1996, so I’ve been aware of it for at least a decade and a half, and I’ve always appreciated the intellect that was able to bring these two circles together in this weird hip-hop/literature Venn diagram. Thanks, stranger! And honestly, if you’re looking for something to punch up your cardio workout, I’m gonna suggest you go with Eazy-E. If you’re looking for something to make your hips and/or brain bigger, go with Shakespeare.




[c] 2012 Russ of America


Art Appreciation

Somewhere, (possibly here,) there’s a written rule that you can’t visit an art gallery without using the word “evocative.” It’s how you inflict maximum pretension to your art gallery companion in your overstated observations.


“Oh my, this painting is evocative of the warmth and free sexuality of Spring time!”
“My dear, this mosaic is evocative of Jackson Pollock’s frenetic slathering of paint onto a surface.”
“Dear me, this statue is evocative of 400% More Jackoff Magic’s literary expressionist genius.”


You learn the word “evocative” in your first art appreciation class, and it is re-emphasized in your first year of art school, should you be accepted, and you probably won’t be, because your art sucks ass.



[c] 2009 Russ of America