Claim:   The planned cover for a hip-hop album due to be released in November depicted an exploding World Trade Center.
Origins:   The image below pictures the planned cover art (prepared in June 2001) for the forthcoming "Party Music" album by the hip-hop group The Coup. The cover depicts The Coup with an exploding World Trade Center in the background; group member DJ Pam the Funktress waves two sticks held between thumbs and forefingers (as if "conducting" the proceedings with two batons) while "Boots" Riley displays what looks like a detonator (but is actually just a guitar tuner).
They include further explanation, but since it's a quote from an interview in The Stranger, why not go straight to the source. Not The Source; they stay firmly out of the political stuff.
Anti-capitalist rap group the Coup planned to use the image pictured here as the cover for its new album, Party Music, slated to be released in October. On the day of the terrorist attacks, Elektra Records vetoed the image. The Stranger was able to talk to the Coup's MC Boots Riley about these events.
You were for keeping the cover?
Yeah, and this is why: As the day unfolded, I saw--which is what I should've known--what the media was doing with this tragedy. How the media and the government were using people's shock and sadness to parlay it into spending millions more on the military, and to parlay it into making people [approve of] super right-wing measures--and using this incident on Tuesday to put forth the picture that this happened in a vacuum, as opposed to what really is going on--the fact that this is just one in a series of blows that needs to be compared to what the U.S. does on a yearly basis throughout the world. Even if all 50,000 workers died in there, it wouldn't match up to the 100,000 people the U.S. generals ordered to be killed in East Timor.
This album cover has you blowing up the Trade Center. I mean, that's...
Well, obviously that wouldn't have been as funny if I made it after this [event].
Now, here's what I find interesting.
The warbloggers, by and large a group of conservative or libertarian het white men often proclaim, in anguished tones, that their voice goes unheard in theliberalmedia. That it's the leftists who get all the print and tv coverage and suchlike.
Maybe I'm following the wrong liberalmedia, but I'm not hearing opinions like Boots'. Much love to Sarah Vowell (thanks, George!), but she's not going that far out, and she's at the boundaries of allowable dissent. And some of the warblogger reactions to the Salon piece on 'Forbidden Thoughts". . . sheesh.
Whatever happened to goring sacred cows and being politically incorrect and shit? Or is that only acceptable when it's directed at someone else?
Ok, that was a rhetorical question.
Dear God, Instapundit uses the old "rope-a-dope" cliché to describe Bush's UN speech.
These people. . . aren't really people, are they? They're just defective AIs running unattended in the basement of a university somewhere.
Their stupidity is real. But they are not.