2 Houses and rooms are full of perfumes, the shelves are crowded with perfumes, I breathe the fragrance myself and know it and like it, The distillation would intoxicate me also, but I shall not let it. Have you felt so proud to get at the meaning of poems?
The atmosphere is not a perfume, it has no taste of the distillation, it is odorless, It is for my mouth forever, I am in love with it, I will go to the bank by the wood and become undisguised and naked, I am mad for it to be in contact with me. Stop this day and night with me and you shall possess the origin of all poems, You shall possess the good of the earth and sun, (there are millions of suns left,) You shall no longer take things at second or third hand, nor look through the eyes of the dead, nor feed on the spectres in books, You shall not look through my eyes either, nor take things from me, You shall listen to all sides and filter them from your self.
In 2007, 50 Cent was unequivocally, in a commercial sense, the greatest rapper to ever rap, and the most popular rapper in all time in the history of music.
In just under five years, he sold nearly 30 million albums and had almost 20 global top ten singles.
My tongue, every atom of my blood, form'd from this soil, this air, Born here of parents born here from parents the same, and their parents the same, I, now thirty-seven years old in perfect health begin, Hoping to cease not till death.
Creeds and schools in abeyance, Retiring back a while sufficed at what they are, but never forgotten, I harbor for good or bad, I permit to speak at every hazard, Nature without check with original energy.
As well, he’d starred in a film and video game adaptation of his life story, written his memoirs, released Reebok sneakers, and became an investor and pitchman for the Glaceau enhanced water company, even having a Formula 50 drink named in his honor.
It’s ten years later, and when I listen to both “I Get Money” and “Ayo Technology,” I’m not transported back to an era that is long forgotten.
@jonjon - this entry relates to a vocal interpolation (see timings indicated).
The song, featuring Justin Timberlake and uncredited vocals from Timbaland, who also produced the song, peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
I didn’t actually become a blogger until April 2008, but by April 2007, I pretty solidly felt that I was the only mainstream rap superfan with two legs deep enough in indie pop, pre-EDM, and hipster rap to uniquely make a difference.
And then, back-to-back, I heard 50 Cent’s Audio Two “Top Billin’”-sampling brag rap “I Get Money,” as well as Timbaland’s Justin Timberlake-aided, twinkling Daft Punk by way of Pharrell techno-rap digi-sex ode “Ayo Technology.” I think, long before I ever took a party drug or knew anything about where music was headed, was the moment that, for me, the modern world (as comparable to Venus emerging from the half-shell) was birthed and took shape.