Is Rick Ross Magnificent Pt. 2

OG Aristotle up in this blogpost trynna continue my analysis of ricky ross the boss. The kind people of Schooled of Athens let me write a pt. 2 cuz no one likes cliff hangers and not that this is a big surprise or anything but i prefer my pockets fat. jussto recap in the case ur lazyass is too lazy to click the back button and read another 300 word or-so post (seriously ive seen about 100 generations and u millenials or the worst in terms of work ethic)… rick ross thinks hes magnificent cuz he spends his paper on things he really doesnt need and i think that he isnt magnificent for the exact same reason. aight now that we got that outta the way lets get busy and talk about what it means to be a human being which we will then connect with the idea of means (maybe in pt 3?) which we will finally connect back to the idea of what it means to be magnificent and decide once and for all if rick ross is in fact magnificent. its a process yo deal with it. lets go

step one: who is a human being

if ur reading this then congratulations ur a human being. if u look outside ur window and see the neighbor mowin his lawn then congratulations thats a human being. if ur fightin with ur homie cuz he jus cheated on your girl then congratulations ur homie is a human being…no less a decent one. everyone u see walkin and talkin and bickerin and fightin is a human being the same way that the person at the traphouse sellin bags of weed is a drug dealer…but…if the drug dealer starts to sell bags of pizza herbs every time he breaks the ten crack commandments (#4) then is he still a drug dealer?  i guess you could say he is a drug dealer since hes still sellin drugs at least some of the time but he forsure isnt actin fully as a drug dealer…that is…because he sometimes dosent sell drugs and breaks away from the duties of his job then he isnt fulfilling 100% of his total drug dealin capabilities yafeelme. he just a half-ass drug dealer. same thing with human beings. to be a full human being we gotta use our full capabilities. we gotta let the love flow thru our viens but we also cant forget to use our heads at the same time. that’ what keeps us in a different category from cats and dogs and giraffes and chimpanzees and rick ross and drake. animals can only use their emotions, they juswanna drink eat and reproduce until the sun goes down yafeelme. humans can rise above this. they can eat drink and reproduce too but they also can use their brains to make rational decisions like coppin a jacket when it snows out instead of payin for a new Kanye West mixtape that you can just stream for free. so if u a human being who only uses ur emotions then you kinda like that drug dealer who has to sell bags of cilantro and parsley whenever he burns out his own supply. u still a human being yo you just not actin as a full human being cuz if it isnt clear at this point ur not using your brain and to be a full person, to actualize ur fullest human potenial u gotta be using ur brain cuz thats what makes u a human being in large part

so we should prob amend the original question a lil..instead of who is a human being we should ask..who is the most human being... and the answer, as this brief analysis has shown, is the person who feels and thinks at the same time

aight take a breather, listen to that new joey bada$$ album and make yourself a vegan omlet. Pt. 3 comin up which means more paper for me and more knowledge for you. once again its a win-win


OG Aristotle


Kendrick, Boethius and God

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Kendrick Lamar’s latest release, DAMN., is one of his most raw albums yet. One of the more common themes on the record is Kendrick’s image of God’s ultimate plan for him; who has control over his life, and who is worrying about him while he’s doing good deeds for others? Or, in his own words; “Ain’t nobody praying for me”.

Kung Fu Kenny has always had illusions to Christianity in his lyrics, but DAMN. takes it to another level. Kendrick mentions the Book of Deuteronomy in the song YAH., saying, “Deuteronomy say that we all been cursed”. He’s referencing the curses for breaking God’s laws, being some truly awful punishment involving pestilence, fire, and illnesses. God has control over Kendrick’s life if he strays away from the “noble path” that God wishes him to go on: the Christian path. Kendrick is obviously worried about not going on this path in the album, mentioning on YAH., FEAR., and GOD. his own morality and doubts about himself.

The Post-Plato philosopher, Boethius, thought similarly to Kendrick. In his Consolation of Philosophy, he talks about determinism and wonders, like Kendrick, if God is really all powerful. Boethius describes his Wheel of Fortune idea, in which a person goes through various stages of grief and happiness in their life. Kendrick’s patterns of depression in his music as well as the songs on DAMN. being a lyrical mix of typical hip hop tropes like getting money and fame, while others are introspective pieces on himself, his family, and his relationship to God and his fans, who consider him a type of god.

Kendrick’s final song on the album, DUCKWORTH., also describes fate. Near the end of the song, he mentions an incident that happened between his father, known in the song as Ducky, and his future CEO of Kendrick’s record company, Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith. When Kendrick was three, Anthony robbed a KFC that Kendrick’s father worked at but didn’t kill him. Kendrick wonders, “Because if Anthony killed Ducky/ Top Dawg could be servin’ life/ While I grew up without a father and die in a gunfight”. Kendrick’s life could’ve been dramatically changed by this encounter, but because of the way it went down, Kendrick, Ducky, and Anthony are where they are today. One little change could’ve robbed all of them of a future. Fate seemed to work itself that day for the better.

DAMN., while being a phenomenal hip hop album for 2017, analyzes common fears that human beings have about their fate and place in the world. It’s an excellent addition to Kendrick’s already amazing discography.

Is Rick Ross Really Magnificent? Pt. 1

marble-flooring-galleryWhat up what up its OG Aristotle here. id like to give a major shoutout to the people at Schooled of Athens for inviting me to write on their blog. at first i was kinda skeptical cuz lets be honest…Schooled of Athens is a mad corny title. But you know what isn’t corny? When youre walking down 5th ave with your pockets fat about to cop yourself a fur coat cuz its already september and the groundhog missed its hole by six weeks. so after some quick deliberation i accepted the invitation and now im here about to break down some philosophical truths with some help from the homie Rick Ross

first off i got nothin but mad respect for Rick Ross so when i say that hes got it twisted in his song Magnificent when he opens up each verse with the lines “im the magnificent with a sensational style” youll know that im sayin it because i got nothin but love. btw if the kind people at Schooled of Athens invite me back maybe ill breakdown the philosophy of friendships but for now lets talk about what it means to be magnificent

according to Rick Ross to be magnificent means to have the flooring of your crib constructed out of marble thats, and i quote, “flowin like the nile.” its the same thing as being a don, a boss, a profit and a G. basically u have to be stackin paper and be spendin it on things like gold emblems, bottles of expensive wine wrapped in gold and exotic modes of transportation

i dont wanna beat around the bush or anything so let me just be straight with yall…rick ross is confused. spendin large amounts money can make you magnificent…but spendin it on unecssary toys makes you vulgar. my apologizes for the term but its what i came up with a couple thousand years ago and tbh ive done enough adopting

to show u how rick ross is wrong we first gotta talk about what it means to be a human being and since ive reached my word limit (or thereabout) ill have to make another post which means more paper for me and more knowledge for you. its a win-win really



Get Schooled

“A wise man sees failure as progress, a fool divorces his knowledge and misses the logic.” – Canibus, Poet Laureate II

Philosophy: the word comes from the Greek philo – love – and sophos, wisdom. But what does it have to do with us – or, more to the point, with modern music?

Even though a lot of people (probably your parents) dismiss rap as “not really music,” it’s an incredibly complex art form that explores questions about social justice, ethics, and other big-picture issues. Here, we’ll break down some of those topics through the lens of Classical philosophers: Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, and the other OGs someone made you read in high school history classes.

Here’s an example: in Plato’s Apology of Socrates, presented at the trial that led to Socrates’s execution in 399 BCE, Socrates is quoted saying, “Oh my friend, why do you care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor and reputation, and so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul?” In simpler terms, why is improving your status more important to you than improving the person that you are?

Over two thousand years later, in 1993, Nas, AZ, and Olu Dara would record Life’s a Bitch, a genre classic: “Visualizin’ the realism of life in actuality; f*** who’s the baddest, a person’s status depends on salary.” Even though the lyric initially seems to glorify financial gain and a laundry list of bad behavior when taken out of context, in a 2007 article with Rolling Stone, Nas would go on to discuss how much the collaboration had meant to him and Olu Dara, his father: “I asked my dad to play on the end of it — I told him to play whatever comes to mind when he thinks of me as a kid. I think he’s really proud to see me coming up and really taking my life serious and doing what I want.”

Both Socrates and Nas stress the importance of living an authentic life that holds true value, with the latter writing: “I woke up early on my born day; I’m 20, it’s a blessing. / The essence of adolescence leaves my body, now I’m fresh and / My physical frame is celebrated cause I made it / One quarter through life some Godly-like thing created.” The optimism and sense of rebirth and renewal in Nas’s lyric is a perfect rebuttal to the disappointment and disapproval of Socrates’s two-thousand-year-old question.

As Canibus says in his Poet Laureate II, “A wise man sees failure as progress, a fool divorces his knowledge and misses the logic.” Even though philosophy and hip hop seem to be worlds apart, the questions at the heart of both have remained largely the same for millennia, and the two complement each other in fascinating ways.

We’ve started this blog to increase interest in and appreciation of both disciplines, and we hope you’ll enjoy exploring along with us. Argue with us in the comments, suggest a song for us to deconstruct, or just reach out to let us know what you think. Thanks for reading!