Charles Oakley Says:
September 23rd, 2011 at 10:00 pm
I’m feeling like Tony at the end of Scarface, pray 4 me
I’m going to need the sunglasses and Advil tomorrow morning
I might go the drunk route, just aced it.
Points Awarded 50.00
Points Missed 0.00
I feel like you can’t get excited like you used to for albums.A few years ago you heard one,maybe two singles before you bought it and the rest was new.Like MBDTF,I literally heard that 90% of it before I got it.
My dreams is big, reality set in
Let off a clip from a automatic weapon
Through shots in the door, it died in Vegas
Though it fought so hard, I knew it wouldn’t make it
I’m a tortured soul, I live in disguise
Rest in peace to the leader of the Jackson 5
I died in my sleep, I’m still Big Pimpin’
I ball at the mall,
1st line about biggie
2nd and 3rd and 4th line about pack
5th line about mike jackson
6th line about pimp c
7th line about pimp cs verse in big pimpin, “Everybody wanna ball, holla at broads at the mall
I could go into detail about the jayz line is Pious pious cause God loves pious?
Socrates asked whose bias do y’all seek?
All for Plato, screech, I’m out here balling, I know yall hear my sneaks
But you would have to have some higher learning education, but ill try
This is essentially Jay’s take on the Euthyphro dilemma: a conflict between two biases or opinions
If the gods love something because it is pious, then there must be an objective goodness intrinsic to the universe. If something is pious because the gods love it, then goodness could roughly be seen as arbitrary or subjective
Jay seems to ignore the fact that Socrates rejects the second part of the dilemma and advanced the notion that objective truth could be discerned through reason (i.e. the Socratic Method). He’s not alone: both members of The Throne seem to advance a slightly revisionist take on Socrates
Plato was Socrates’ prime student, and essentially all we know of Socrates is solely represented by Plato’s writing. Socrates was an infamous gadfly: one who attempts to gain the attention of society, no matter how annoying the controversial “screech” is
Jay has in the past called himself Plato to Biggie’s Socrates — it’s an idea he mentioned at the NYPL event supporting DECODED, but first came to him while visiting a Princeton seminar with Cornel West. Here’s brother West:
Jay-Z did come to class as a result of that. He came to my class. And that was a moment: with Toni Morrison, [and] Phylicia Rashad was there, and it was me and [Professor] Eddie Glaude teaching. … [Jay-Z] was very quiet for the most part; he talked about how he had never, ever been … in a college seminar and it was a brand new experience for him and he enjoyed it; he loved the dialogue. I had been talking about Plato and Socrates and how he said I am going to preserve the memory of my teacher for as long as I live, and I am in deep mourning for Socrates who died unfairly, and I will make sure that the world never forgets that there was once a man named Socrates. And that’s when Jay-Z said: “I am Plato to Biggie’s Socrates.” Isn’t that a beautiful thing?
Jay-Z is attempting to do just this. “Balling” is an analogy to the action of him competing with society via his lyrics/lifestyle; “hearing his sneaks” is him saying that he has in fact had a legitimate effect on our society’s status quo, his “screech”
In what is likely a coincidence, M.A. Screech is a translator who has worked on well-known editions of Michel de Montaigne’s essays about Plato