Art and Culture # 2: Humor in Comedy and Rappers

27 Jan

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It’s hard to pretend that unity exists when humor is dead. Humor has been a very different matter for American GOP and Republicans from 2016-2020. Late night talk show hosts go on air making money, getting paid to laugh, and what do they do against the people who voted in the 2016 election. Make fun of them. Gee, if they were a restaurant they would go out of business, but since ABC, and all the cable news shows are funded by left wing corporations, they will never go out of business. 

            Even with the ratings dropping, they are failing upwards. If they actually said something funny, maybe they would be relevant? But as George Carlin said, “it’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.” (“George Carlin-it’s a big club and you ain’t in it” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i5dBZDSSky0) Wise words from a man who charmed and delighted both the left and the right for years, a wise shaman for the ages, a space alien who knew too much, handing the torch to men like Jimmy Kimmel who can’t even stop thinking about how to embarrass GOP and Republicans. 

            It’s true that humor is based on an individual scale. Only when the scale is turned against the populous, only then it’s funny to the left. But then, if the media tried to do the opposite and find out why people voted for Donald Trump, maybe things wouldn’t be so bad. 

            If more women on the View shut there fucking pie holes, maybe the world would be a better place. The two most powerful performances on SNL were Larry David’s Bernie Sanders and Jim Carrey’s Joe Biden were the highlight of an abysmal five years of humor at SNL. Jim Carrey was essentially “stepped down” from the role as Jim Carrey stated he was only “hired for six weeks.” (https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/trending/jim-carrey-will-no-longer-play-joe-biden-character-snl/EADG6DA7BFB65GUZQBYTLHSDUY/)

Oh, grandpa Joe can’t take a joke? Score 1 for the death of comedy, and Zero to SNL for sticking to there comedic principles. Get woke, go broke, right? But SNL was basing there jokes off three premises: he’s orange, small hands, and he’s stupid. Wouldn’t they find Trump appealing? Artists are anarchic and Trump is an artist too. He had a television show, so it’s not that hard to find something humorous about him.

It’s hard to talk about this in the sense that while I’m very late to putting it in a essay form, I did release a book called Thy Kingdom Come, which did detail a man who has been cancelled and he has to survive the wave of attacks coming from Anti-Fa. It was a calumniation of 2016-2020, as we also saw the rise of cancel culture. 

            Humor should encompass all ends of the spectrum and not just high art comedy on ABC. To be funny is to give weight to the truth that the media didn’t want to listen to. But humor is subjective, and with ratings tanking for the Lame Stream media is twofold, infecting the music business.

            The second growing music category, Rap and Hip-Hop, is a far cry from the world the founders like KRS-ONE and Rakim built. When 50 Cent’s 1999 single “How to Rob” offended everyone as 50, the main character of the song, was robbing the likes of Big Pun, Rza, Puff Daddy, was the height of a career choice as beef often helps a rappers presence grow. “Ayo, The bottom line is, I’m a crook with a deal, and if my records don’t sell, I’m a rob and steal, you better recognize nigga, I’m straight from the streets, these industry niggas is starting to look like something to eat.” (https://genius.com/50-cent-how-to-rob-lyrics. Found Jan. 25th, 2021). Now, that’s funny and witty, and part of humor is a degree of truth. 50 Cent was hungry, no less, as an artist, and was willing to take anyone on in lyrical combat. 

If you have to kill the king, you have to hit the king. But with rappers having to express extreme discontent against Donald Trump during 2015-2020, and Kanye West and Chance the Rapper breaking from the pack, they were accepted with open arms, right? Wrong. It seems like the rap community thought Kanye’s love of the 45th President of the United States was a joke, or he was crazy.

Ta-Nahisi Coates is a writer, not a rapper, who wrote a bevy of insults in a humorless article for the Atlantic titled “I’m not Black, I’m Kanye” Coates, Ta-Nehisi. May 7th, 2018. (The Atlantic. https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2018/05/im-not-black-im-kanye/559763/. Found Jan 27th, 2021) that the leftist media didn’t scold him for. If he’s a thinker, maybe he should do better. Humor is also part of Rap battles as it is made to confront his opponents with words, not a gun. 

Ta-Nahisi Coates, is a thinker in the vein of Sisyphus rolling the boulder up and down, doesn’t know how to use a pen or a gun, because what he says is merely the most eloquently racist thing a person, like Coates, who is wet behind the ears, can write. “Michael Jackson was begging to be white.” Again, it’s hard not to imagine this talk coming from Coates, as he’s blinded by racism. Also he doesn’t even provide a fact check for Kanye West’s claim of Chicago being “the murder capital of the world, when “Chicago is not the murder capital of America.” I guess all the deaths in Chicago that took place don’t matter, Coates? When it’s black on black crime, that’s irrelevant data, I guess, little man.

The word “collaboration” was used against Kanye West, as if his support for Donald Trump was akin to betrayal. But maybe the worrisome thing is that Kanye meant every word he said from 2016-2020. Maybe he was laughing at his compatriots who didn’t see what Kanye saw. A leader that gave black Americans the chance to vote differently and laughing at people like Coates is mislabeled “racist” against Coates and the establishment. Humor doesn’t also need to happen when one is laughing either. Humor is often divisive in nature, and only dad jokes are acceptable today to left wing Social justice group.

Coates does manage to cobble something together, with a slightly awkward back handed compliment to West: “West has done something more remarkable, more amazing than Jackson, because he is a man of no mystery, overexposed, who holds the world’s attention through simply the consistent, amazing, near-peerless quality of his work.”  

There’s a quality of near sighted delivery in Coates perceptions that differentiate Kanye West and Michael Jackson. They are both great artists, but West provides invigorating humor to his music. Even such lines as “Something that has been missing from Rap all together.

But again, maybe it’s better to speak nicely of our enemies, but then, Coates nor SNL do not care about my opinion, and that’s fine. Just remember that I remembered what led to the death of humor. Besides I have no problem with someone fairly unintelligent and mawkishly ugly; it’s not a competition, just a remembrance of facts. While this may be a little late in remembering, much of what history does is allow us to remember how humor can be subjective to each person who reads it. The thing is, Kanye didn’t care if anyone was listening in 2017, but Coates did, and it remained largely ignored and a boring interpretation of West’s anarchic thought pattern. 

But Coates is a larper who can’t bother to do basic research. But then, if this is humor, why does this miss the mark? Why does it feel so outdated in the wake of 2021? It’s easy to make fun of Kanye West and Donald Trump Supporters when Coates writes for the Atlantic, an irrelevant magazine that no one reads anymore, except to make fun of. 

But then, censorship is on the rise in the left. They have all the power, but if there power is tiny, like there brain cells and peckers can attest, hatred will never make them laugh again. If they go to sleep, great, but again, who wants unity? 

Anti-Fa doesn’t.  

I hope that humor can survive in a corporate world, but if it doesn’t, it was nice knowing the likes of SNL and Ta-Nehisi Coates. You will go great in a museum.

And who do dictators and there acolytes hate? 

Humor.

Finally, if art and humor are going to survive, there needs to be a massive overhaul in American media. If one person can’t be made fun of, then no one should be made fun of. If Twitter did that, they wouldn’t exist. As humor is a dying art form, it provides a heavy heart to all artists. Don’t make fun of the left, as you are punished for your crimes. What a world we live in if no one can make fun of the left, because it proves one point right. They can’t take a joke, anymore. It’s been discussed from many thinkers, but these two ideas expressed are a nucleus of the epoch of 2015 up to 2020. It’s not like I get this is old news, but it’s the years of Donald J Trump is when humor only meant it was part of the corporate establishment. 

Humor is about holding no water for either side. When did the left forget this trait? I guess the left are the artifact they pretend to not be. An old man who covets war and can’t take a joke. If rappers and comedians aren’t allowed to stray from the path, then why should art exist. It just proves that with the cutting off new talent, George Carlin’s point remains valid, “it’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.” 

-Louis Bruno is the author of more than 15 books, The Michael Project, Thy Kingdom Come, The Disintegrating Bloodline, Apocalypse Soldier, Hierarchy of Dwindling Sheep. His books can be found on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Lulu. He can be found on Gab, https://gab.com/thereallouistbruno, Minds https://www.minds.com/lbruno8063/, and locals https://www.locals.com/member/lbruno8063. Louis’s newest work, Come Home, Young One, is available on Lulu.com, https://www.lulu.com/en/us/shop/louis-bruno/come-home-young-one/hardcover/product-pw8q7z.html?page=1&pageSize=4.

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