Thursday, October 7, 2010

Be good or be good at it: what Snoop Dogg and Lil' Wayne say about society at large

You follow Snoop on twitter? The feed is really not as interesting as it should be but whatever - it was the first place I heard that phrase "be good or be good at it", that's what the Dogg has been pied-pipin to his followers/"nephews". Now Lil' Wayne is sayin it on his guest verse in that Eminem song "No Love".

It's unclear whether Sneezy Dogg and Lil' Woop are using the phrase in reference to some rap related shit like crime (dont steal, or be good at stealing so you dont get caught), drugs, or cheating on your girlfriend, or rather towards more wholesome messaging - using it like a lifeguard at a pool telling kids not to run, but if they have to run to at least be coordinated enough to not slip and crack skulls. Whichever intention, the two have hit on a microcosm for how success is determined in this western world - you don't have to be good as long as you're good at being bad.

As exhibit A let's use Wall Street and the idea of too big to fail - a phrase they stole out of a pep talk on the "biggest loser" i.e. "You can't quit, you are too big to fail!"

Those boys were winning big sellin whatever financial-credit-swap-derrivative-asset-leveraging-package that shit was – and then it all went souther than México and a lot of people got collaterally fucked. Wall Street was bad - but they were good at it; they had burrowed into a cozy lil' node having orchestrated the system to depend on the rhythm of their own baton. So when all the septic shit hit the fan, it certainly didn’t touch Wall Street's fan - especially cause they had those
Dyson buffer-free ones.

Exhibit B: thinkin politically. As we’ve all heard wayy too many times the political system is more backwards than Kris Kross, such that political advancement isn’t necessarily tied to quality of platform or debate. Seems like you can get mad far these days with lies and fear mongering - as long as you’re good at it.

Exhibit C+: the Jersey Shore - a windex-clear demonstration of how success can justify serious immorality. I remember post-season 1 when the Italian American outcry against Jersey Shore aka Guidogate was brought up with the Situation. He referenced the ratings and for some reason we were like oh yeah, that’s a valid excuse. The popularity of the show was justification for the sketchy moral of the Jersey Shtorey.

I'm sayin that it will be important to not let good-at-bad become interchangeable with good-at-good as although it is often easier to use the good-at-bad express lane, the rest of us derive positive externalities from good-at-good actions. So shouldn’t we re-up our support?

What do you think though? Stop takin your comments with you and leave some behind.


Game Set Mattsch! said...

"Nice isn't worth shit. That person is boring."

This is a party line I adopted in 9th grade when I discovered I had a ~personality~ and no longer had to rely on the sweet temperament and bookishness of my younger days for self validation.

I have heard countless people since then, to this day, avow this. Being a nice, kind person is apparently not very laudable compared to being a funny, amoral bitch. We'd all rather hang with Nicole Richie than Mandy Moore, whose boring sweetness got her booted out of the public eye.

It's only just occurring to me how fucked it is.

prez said...

certainly check out matt's parallel post on this topic: