Monday, June 16, 2008
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revelatory and frankly, they aren't
even the best we've heard from him
in the past year and a half. But it's
the way that he uses his associa-
tive thought process in these scat-
tershot beats that is so astonishing:
form representing content.
The real moment at which Tha
Carter III becomes more than
just another Lii Wayne release is
"Phone Home." Wayne goes all
George Clinton a la Starchild, pro-
claiming himself from another
planet. Dubious and pretentious as
it might seem, it's the perfect senti-
ment to describe Wayne as an MC:
He's no longer what the mainstream
saw him as, making a leap into more
adventurous and, frankly, intel-
lectual, literate territory. Sure, Tha
Carter III has what will prove to be
enormous radio hits (the already
huge "Lollipop," "A Milli" and "Got
Money") but you'd be hard-pressed
to find another rapper willing to
say "Lock, load, aim at any target /
I could get your brains for a bar-
gain, like I bought it, from Target."
It's his ingenuity, nonchalance and
desire to say any and everything
that comes to his mind that will
ultimately mark Wayne, and Tha
Carter III, as undeniable classics.
Though, even with all the
signs pointing toward this being
Wayne's coming out party, it's all
hearsay. Tha Carter III is put in a
stasis that most records don't ever
approach. As it stands, this disc
is a beautiful collection of very
good - with few objectively great
- tracks. Though it will almost
certainly be known as the moment
when Wayne became something
entirely apart from his past incar-
nations, it could just come out that
he's actually a Martian.
From Page 9
of his humor, whatcould have been
a fairly unremarkable book signing
became a lesson in perspective.
Sedaris is not a punchline man.
He doesn't tell jokes, or use voices.
He hardly even emphasizes his
And yet, when, in a pause while
reading from his book he looked
up to remark, "Oh my, there's an
empty chair here. Who's old? Old
woman, sit in that chair!" the
For Sedaris, humor is a mat-
ter of perspective. He recounts
the story of his boyfriend, who
lived in Africa as a child, with dry
"If I were a child, and I saw a
worm sticking out of my mother's
leg, I would march straight to an
orphanage," he recounted.
I can only imagine that he went
downstairs later to ask the man-
agers about the size of his angry
crowd, only to have a good laugh.
After all, driving four hours
only to stand screaming, trying to
see a man who tells jokes for a liv-
ing? That is funny.
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