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From the New York Times opinion page:

Nipsey Hussle Loved His Blackness
His story is so compelling because love was at the core of his beliefs and behavior.

By Michael Eric Dyson
Dr. Dyson is a contributing opinion writer.

He’s also a Professor of Sociology at Georgetown U.

April 12, 2019

“How you die 30-something after banging all them years?”

Nipsey Hussle posed that question about a fallen colleague on a song released about a month before he met a similar fate. After his friend died, the ex-gangbanger Hussle said he took to the “sauna sheddin’ tears/All this money, power, fame and I can’t make you reappear.”

Hussle loved and embraced his blackness, a blackness that was bigger than the sum of its intriguing parts. …

He was every bit the unapologetic patron of Slauson, Crenshaw and South Central Los Angeles. But he also embraced his East African roots in his father’s homeland of Eritrea when he was 18. Hussle, his brother and his father made another pilgrimage to Eritrea in 2018 that gave him renewed inspiration for his reverse-gentrification Husslenomics: Own your master recordings, master your own entrepreneurial terrain, recycle capital in the hood by reinvesting earnings back into the people who inspired your art.

Hussle also embodied the trans-Atlantic routes of black identity — the crisscrossing and crosscutting ways of global blackness and the awareness that no one culture or country or tribe has ownership of a blissfully variegated blackness. It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

“Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

“Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”

We both smiled. We had an epic conversation and talked about the psychologist Abraham Maslow, whom he brought up. We discussed Hussle’s journey from gangbanging to hip hop, but especially our unblushing love for black culture. …

Each day since Hussle’s death, more of his words surface like Dead Sea Scrolls and shed light on the secular scriptures he spat in rhyme. …

For those of you who are insufficiently Hussle Aware, the BBC offers a primer:

Nipsey Hussle: Five facts you suppose to know about di murdered African-American LA rapper

Nipsey Hussle “represent change, im represent evolution, im represents everytin our culture needs to embrace”

Na wetin P. Diddy tok for im tribute to di 33 year old Grammy nominated rapper wey die from multiple gunshot in front of him clothing shop wey him call Marathon Clothing.

1.Di rapper get him roots for Africa

Nipsey Hussle wey him real name be na Ermias Davidson Asghedom be Eritrean-born American as him papa na from di North African country of Eritrea and him mama na America.

2.Hussle don tok about him history for gang and he dey work to end gang violence

Nipsey Hussle don tok plenty times about him history as member of Los Angeles gang, Rollin 60s wey be one of di major gangs for di city.

Since den, di rapper don dey campaign against gang violence and dey steady dey involve wit community projects wey fit improve di life of di young pipo wey dey live for him community. …

Social media still dey go gaga afta tori land since Sunday evening say African-American rapper Nipsey Hussle die for gunshot. …

 
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  1. … the crisscrossing and crosscutting ways of global blackness and the awareness that no one culture or country or tribe has ownership of a blissfully variegated blackness.

    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean? And this guy is, like, a famous black? For his writing?

    • Replies: @Dieter Kief
    Sounds drugged up to me - so yes: Trance.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m6a70sCCTYU
    , @guest
    Dyson looks mixed to me, but apparently he has enough Mike Tyson in him to throw words like "variegated" at you for no reason.
    , @Clyde
    I have never seen previously, but "crosscutting" is obviously lifted from Albert King. His tune "Crosscut Saw" that can be seen on youtube. Eric Clapton idolized King and learned from him for his solos. One of The Cream albums has an Albert King tune.

    Not that any of these dunces (the above authors) has ever held a crosscut saw in their hands
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosscut_saw

    Crosscut saw is how two men (slave like but any ethnicity) cut down trees for payable lumber. In the pre-chainsaw era.

    , @William Badwhite

    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean?
     
    They inhabit completely different universes with different values, perspectives, etc.

    LeBron (French for The Bron) James said this guy's death was one of the most tragic events in United States history. The sheer stupidity, ignorance, and childishness of that is beyond belief. Until you realize that by "United States" he means "me and my circle of similarly unread, provincial dimwits".
    , @Kylie
    You don't recognize the blackety-black-black prose style which soars into the heavens (occupied solely by black folk) on wings of narcissism, a stunning monument to arrogance that wallows in hyperbole because really, the magnificence and splendour of blackness (in itself the apex of human achievement) deserves no less?

    No, really. It's like they're all Ozymandias, except without the decline/ruin part.
  2. We had an epic conversation and talked about the psychologist Abraham Maslow, whom he brought up.

    Ooooh! So educated! And what a clever tribal reference to stick in your story. And what a coincidence, no one else is alive to tell the tale.

    Each day since Hussle’s death, more of his words surface like Dead Sea Scrolls

    Whoa! At some point this becomes pandering, you know? Speaking of–I haven’t seen so many forms of ‘blackness’ infest an article since reading one of John Derbyshire’s masterworks.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    Modern migrating blacks are heroic rootless cosmopolitans who criss-cross the world, etc.
    , @Olorin
    Re: mention of "Dead Sea Scrolls." I skimmed the column and my immediate reaction was that I've encountered Sumerian clay bullae incised all over with cuneiform that made more sense than anything in Dyson's piece.

    Good lord, what a sociobabbletastic cognitive Superfund site.

    I eavesdrop occasionally on gutterances such as the above and immediately flash to the cave kids in the Thunderdome Mad Max movie, spinning the LP on a string and playing with the ViewMaster. George Miller's emu take on Riddley Walker.

    Except both Miller and Hoban assumed that the downfallen humans of post-apocalypso would sense how low they lived and would "want to be like them what had boats in the air and picters on the wind." Rather than wanting to see it all go kaput and live off its corpse, and kill off those who make it happen. While Loving Their Blackness, as trained to do by their infotainment plantation owners.
    , @guest
    "Dem needs in dat hierarchy, nome sane? I got 'em covered, dawg."

    from transcript of Hussle on Maslow.
  3. Anonymous[242] • Disclaimer says:

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    Epic.
    , @Dieter Kief
    Hu - that was then. But now - he becomes more of a innerworldy Saint every day...

    (Thanks for posting this indeed impressive "message" (- makes me shiver though).

    , @guest
    I'm an oldschool white. I'll be polite in at least three consecutive exchanges, then I'll invade your entire world and drive up property values.
    , @Paco Wové
    ...and one of these people gets to start a new crossword puzzle, while the other...
    , @El Dato
    Nowadays, getting rid of loud rap music demands silver bullets.
    , @AndrewR
    The fact that anyone outside of the ghetto* would feel comfortable singing this individual's praises shows how far our society has fallen.

    *I'm not implying that no one who lives in the ghetto feels embarrassed by association with this late clown

    , @Mr. Anon

    bitch ain't even in first class?
     
    I guess all white people are supposed to be in first class. Maybe he resents being culturely oppressed by someone who can only afford coach.

    One thing I can say about the anonymous white crossword puzzler. He's still alive, and probably doing fine. Whereas Nipsey Hussle has gone from being all about blackity-black blackness to being about deadity-dead deadness.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    Immediately after that, Nipsey posted, "After telling that Coward clown muthafucca to shut the fuc up, and he shutted right the fucc up, I turned back to Michael Eric Dyson to continue our discussion of Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Self-actualized AF."
    , @Jack D
    Wow, he's so gangsta. He left out the part where TSA dragged him off the plane and the airline banned him for life. Of all the place in America where you can get away with nigga style behavior (and there are many of them), an airplane is one of the last places where you can't. Also why is this nigga flying coach? In his videos he's always driving a Rolls. Since the late Nipsey is 1/2 Eritrean is he allowed to only slap 1 ass cheek?
    , @BigDickNick
    What's a six letter word for "people who annoy you?"
    , @fish
    I like to think that somewhere Nipsey is doing the Corpsey Hustle!



    .......bye Felicia!!!
    , @Kevin O'Keeffe
    I used to have no idea who this guy was (and certainly wouldn't have cared).

    Now I'm actually somewhat pleased to hear he no longer exists.
    , @MrLiberty
    So in other words, the world is far better now that he has left it. I assumed that from the moment I heard of his passing.
  4. Every great love story starts with a meetcute.

  5. So he’s like a Jesse James outlaw figure? By the time the media gets done, we’ll have a modern Robin Hood myth. Stressor on the word hood obviously.

    The dead sea scrolls analogy he threw in was a bit much though. Ah, who are we kidding? It’s all a bit much.

  6. Hussle, his brother and his father made another pilgrimage to Eritrea in 2018 that gave him renewed inspiration for his reverse-gentrification

    ‘Reverse gentrification’ should be the new euphemism for deportation

    • Replies: @moshe
    made me chuckle aloud
  7. Secularisation goes astray – and we can watch this unfold live and in super slow-mo. It’s a mental (and cultural) soap opera of hitherto unknown dimensions. I’m down on my inner knees, so to speak (I can hardly believe this article of Eric Dyson).

    Thing at stake here: The secular version of an act, which once was in the top ranks of the Christian public sphere: Nipsey Hussle is now being sanctified and on his way to get (secularly) canonized – that’s the NYT-part of it.

    Death allows for such – – – queer – – – actions in a world without transcendence.
    It might even ask for them – see philosopher Georg Lukàcs (once famous) remark about communism as a society of metaphysical rooflessness.

    (The satirical one-liner in the headline is spot-on).

  8. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    Epic.

  9. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    Hu – that was then. But now – he becomes more of a innerworldy Saint every day…

    (Thanks for posting this indeed impressive “message” (- makes me shiver though).

  10. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:

    None of us here would have heard of this guy if he hadn’t got cacked and the media decided to make a big deal about it. He was irrelevant. Still is.

    • Replies: @Hhsiii
    Didn’t make the Village Voice annual critics poll of top 100 albums or top 50 singles. And there’s usually plenty of rap, hip-hop, r&b, whatever in there. He got 3 votes for his album. It was number 4 on billboard. Then trended down. Then went to number 2 after he got killed.

    Yeah, basically he was no big deal.
    , @Almost Missouri

    "He was irrelevant. Still is."
     
    Agree, but I still wondered why the Big Media is chose Nipsey to make a big deal out of him. Then I read,

    "Di rapper get him roots for Africa

    Nipsey Hussle wey him real name be na Ermias Davidson Asghedom be Eritrean-born American as him papa na from di North African country of Eritrea and him mama na America."
     

    Ah, so it's a grand opportunity to square the circle of black nativism versus mass immigration, and keep them both on the Dem plantation. Suddenly it makes sense.
  11. anonymous[182] • Disclaimer says:

    I’m suffering through a satire that Evelyn Waugh at his most pessimistic point of drunkenness couldn’t have even conceived of.

  12. Words fail me.

    Apparently, words fail da BBC tu.

    • Replies: @Smithsonian
    The BBC Pidgin service is a gift that just keeps on giving... https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/amp/tori-41171196
  13. @Daniel Williams

    ... the crisscrossing and crosscutting ways of global blackness and the awareness that no one culture or country or tribe has ownership of a blissfully variegated blackness.



    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean? And this guy is, like, a famous black? For his writing?
     

     

     

    Sounds drugged up to me – so yes: Trance.

  14. Steve,

    Does the Voice of America or any of our other overseas propaganda organs have a pidgin outreach or do we leave that to our British betters?

  15. Anonymous[422] • Disclaimer says:

    The irony is, of course, is that Mr. Hussle would still be alive if he dwelt in his ancestral homeland Eritrea rather than the savage lawless badlands of ghetto America.

    • Replies: @Hhsiii
    Eritrea has one of the largest modern slave populations. Mostly government conscripted.
  16. anonymous[182] • Disclaimer says:

    Michael Eric Dyson has produced such a ridiculous goldmine of material over the years that I assume it’s only out of sympathy Steve hasn’t mentioned him before.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Actually our host has mentioned him. Search on "dyson" in the iSteve search field. Most of the hits will be re: Freeman, not Michael Eric. But you can enjoy those previous topics.
  17. @Mr McKenna

    We had an epic conversation and talked about the psychologist Abraham Maslow, whom he brought up.

     

    Ooooh! So educated! And what a clever tribal reference to stick in your story. And what a coincidence, no one else is alive to tell the tale.

    Each day since Hussle’s death, more of his words surface like Dead Sea Scrolls
     
    Whoa! At some point this becomes pandering, you know? Speaking of--I haven't seen so many forms of 'blackness' infest an article since reading one of John Derbyshire's masterworks.

    Modern migrating blacks are heroic rootless cosmopolitans who criss-cross the world, etc.

    • Replies: @San Fernando Curt
    Or roofieless cosmopolitans, as in the case of now-jailed Bill Cosby..
  18. Where’s Nigerian Nationalist when you need him to translate this hard-hitting BBC expose.

    —Woman wan troway poo-poo, come trap for window—

    Woman wey take her hand, pack her poo-poo comot di toilet of man wey she dey friend because ”e no gree flush” enter trouble, after she go try collect di poo-poo back.

    https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-41171196

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Remember that Brits are required by law to pay for this.
    , @Reg Cæsar
    Is that Chaucer's Miller's Tale?
  19. This is all too much.
    Is there any verifiable documentary proof that this person actually existed before he didn’t.
    Or was he created out of whole cloth so the media would have another “black life tragically cut short” story to beat America over the head with. This character’s name in particular is so fake and made-up that it seems like it was a seat of the pants invention of a dimwitted propagandist.

    • Replies: @Meretricious
    They took everyone's mind off jussie smollett.
  20. Here is what woke/gay blacccccness thinks. “Cracks” showing?

    Last year, Nipsey made a comment on Instagram under a picture of a group of black youth implying, amongst other things, that there was some gay agenda out there working against the black community. Basically, that images of blackness were violent, gay or fatherless, and in this picture was a group of young black men in tuxedos. I don’t know why that particular image stuck out to him in such a way to make him speak out in the fashion he did, but I do imagine and hope that anybody in his position, who was hoping to rebuild his community—one surely filled with the type of people he claimed the media was feeding us—would have realized that we’re all community, all looking for the same things he claimed to be hoping to bring to his community—freedom and opportunity. We’ll never know, so I get why there are people who aren’t happy that a black man was gunned down but aren’t shedding many tears for a person who otherwise didn’t want to acknowledge their existence. All of our faves are problematic.

    Also, lol:

    By all other accounts, Nipsey was literally doing what he could to build up the local community that raised him with his clothing stores, his barbershop, his restaurant, his STEM innovation hub, Vector90, …

    https://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/rest-in-power-neighborhood-nip-1833714372

    • Replies: @Jack D
    More on Vector90 here. David Gross, despite the name, is (part) black though I wouldn't rule out a Jussie style Jewish father.

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-ms-nipsey-hussle-vector-90-victory-lap-20180228-story.html

    Nipsey's connection to STEM is that he once assembled a PC out of parts - in the ghetto this makes him a computer scientist. Maybe he could get Clock Boy to work on the faculty.
    , @Expletive Deleted

    in this picture was a group of young black men in tuxedos.
     
    Wait. What? Was he insinuating that the Nation of Islam had teh ghey?

    Shooting his silly mouth off at anyone and everyone, and I bet he still wonders how he ended up dead.
  21. @Mr McKenna

    We had an epic conversation and talked about the psychologist Abraham Maslow, whom he brought up.

     

    Ooooh! So educated! And what a clever tribal reference to stick in your story. And what a coincidence, no one else is alive to tell the tale.

    Each day since Hussle’s death, more of his words surface like Dead Sea Scrolls
     
    Whoa! At some point this becomes pandering, you know? Speaking of--I haven't seen so many forms of 'blackness' infest an article since reading one of John Derbyshire's masterworks.

    Re: mention of “Dead Sea Scrolls.” I skimmed the column and my immediate reaction was that I’ve encountered Sumerian clay bullae incised all over with cuneiform that made more sense than anything in Dyson’s piece.

    Good lord, what a sociobabbletastic cognitive Superfund site.

    I eavesdrop occasionally on gutterances such as the above and immediately flash to the cave kids in the Thunderdome Mad Max movie, spinning the LP on a string and playing with the ViewMaster. George Miller’s emu take on Riddley Walker.

    Except both Miller and Hoban assumed that the downfallen humans of post-apocalypso would sense how low they lived and would “want to be like them what had boats in the air and picters on the wind.” Rather than wanting to see it all go kaput and live off its corpse, and kill off those who make it happen. While Loving Their Blackness, as trained to do by their infotainment plantation owners.

    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    "a sociobabbletastic cognitive Superfund site"--better copyright that one quick.
    , @Clyde
    A superior comment! My agree button was broke or broken.

    Nippy tatted up his neck, same as other many common nitwits__ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nipsey_Hussle#/media/File:597696_v9_bb.jpg

    , @captflee
    And you might as well copyright "gutterances" as well!
  22. Can anybody imagine a conversation like this:

    “Are you Steve Sailer?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your articles.”

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    Cue the theme from Laverne and Shirley on that day!
    Or Thus Spake Zarathustra.
  23. @anonymous
    Michael Eric Dyson has produced such a ridiculous goldmine of material over the years that I assume it's only out of sympathy Steve hasn't mentioned him before.

    Actually our host has mentioned him. Search on “dyson” in the iSteve search field. Most of the hits will be re: Freeman, not Michael Eric. But you can enjoy those previous topics.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    When it comes to Dyson, Freeman > Michael Eric.
  24. @jesse helms think-alike
    This is all too much.
    Is there any verifiable documentary proof that this person actually existed before he didn't.
    Or was he created out of whole cloth so the media would have another "black life tragically cut short" story to beat America over the head with. This character's name in particular is so fake and made-up that it seems like it was a seat of the pants invention of a dimwitted propagandist.

    They took everyone’s mind off jussie smollett.

  25. At my regular six month dental check up the assistant seemed to have some nippsey hussle russle going on the boombox and after a half hour I silently scattered my thoughts into how the dental surgeon can stand this idiot bombast blasting through her ear or was her Chinese austere and forgiving personality too attuned to subservience?

    It’s often misunderstood how difficult it is to achieve an electronic sound distorted into something musically appreciable.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    How soon is now is a superior territory and back then in 1984 or so this was rampaging white man's territory. North England. Birmingham. The Animals w Eric Burden from New Castle/ Pronounced Nooksl
  26. Nipsey could have gone on being awesome
    If he’d left the Crenshaw/Slauson crossing;
    He might still be alive
    If he’d only said “I’ve
    Ditched my Crenshaw and cut off my Slauson.”

  27. anonymous[340] • Disclaimer says:

    The BBC article is dated April 1, but I see that there has been a written “Pidgin” service since 2017 intended to reach Central and West Africans. Given that any pidgin is a limited, secondary language, this seems contrived and condescending, a decoder ring worn for show. Are there readers who truly glean more from this than they do from written English? (I suspect that the 60-second audio summary is far more useful to the website’s audience.) Note how something like “campaign against gang violence” has to be left in when an article is forced through the translation (?) process.

    It’s also interesting to think about how this works in institutional journalism. Who would dare edit anything, for fear of offending the author or being accused of inauthenticity? And how could you, when the essence of a pidgin is its disregard for convention?

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    BBC Pidgin always makes for enjoyable content.
    , @Anonymous
    Apparently in Pidgin the 'official title' of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, (Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth's consort), is 'Number One Big Fella, Him Belong Mrs. Queen'.
    , @Jack D

    And how could you, when the essence of a pidgin is its disregard for convention?
     
    Pidgins, like all other languages, operate according to grammatical rules. The rules may be different (generally simplified) from those of standard English and you may not know what they are, but they are internally consistent. Maybe in it's initial formative stage a pidgin is improvisational but eventually its rules are regularized and it becomes a language. Spanish, French, Italian, etc. are all Latin pidgins.
  28. “bigger than the sum of its intriguing parts”

    Journalism is shoving unexpected adjectives into cliches.

  29. @Daniel Williams

    ... the crisscrossing and crosscutting ways of global blackness and the awareness that no one culture or country or tribe has ownership of a blissfully variegated blackness.



    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean? And this guy is, like, a famous black? For his writing?
     

     

     

    Dyson looks mixed to me, but apparently he has enough Mike Tyson in him to throw words like “variegated” at you for no reason.

  30. @Mr McKenna

    We had an epic conversation and talked about the psychologist Abraham Maslow, whom he brought up.

     

    Ooooh! So educated! And what a clever tribal reference to stick in your story. And what a coincidence, no one else is alive to tell the tale.

    Each day since Hussle’s death, more of his words surface like Dead Sea Scrolls
     
    Whoa! At some point this becomes pandering, you know? Speaking of--I haven't seen so many forms of 'blackness' infest an article since reading one of John Derbyshire's masterworks.

    “Dem needs in dat hierarchy, nome sane? I got ’em covered, dawg.”

    from transcript of Hussle on Maslow.

    • Replies: @moshe
    I don't think I like you but that made me laugh, thanks. It also gave me some Newfound Respect for Nipple Hustle.
  31. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    I’m an oldschool white. I’ll be polite in at least three consecutive exchanges, then I’ll invade your entire world and drive up property values.

  32. @Anonymous
    None of us here would have heard of this guy if he hadn't got cacked and the media decided to make a big deal about it. He was irrelevant. Still is.

    Didn’t make the Village Voice annual critics poll of top 100 albums or top 50 singles. And there’s usually plenty of rap, hip-hop, r&b, whatever in there. He got 3 votes for his album. It was number 4 on billboard. Then trended down. Then went to number 2 after he got killed.

    Yeah, basically he was no big deal.

    • Replies: @Savage Indifference
    That's a shame because it means there's at least a hundred rappers who'll have to martyr harder. I really wonder, does no one at the Times have the slightest compunction about celebrating this guy precisely for getting shot? It's like it's still 1996, wokeness or no. Admittedly, the instagram evidence above thread suggests he was just an ordinary thug, so maybe the shooting is all there is. I was ready to believe otherwise, and was earlier explaining to my husband that he was a local hero there in LA, much like one of our town's many musicians who never made it big, perhaps. "Okay, and this is a story in Nigeria because ...?" was his response.

    As to the pidgin, I admit I enjoy reading it: it's colorful and a bit like a riddle. I like that related links are "dem dat dey resemble" and the "jollificate" category of news is priceless. But I am not sure it's authentic or completely ingenuous. I mean, I know pidgin is spoken in crossroads places, just not sure about these written expressions of it. I need to see if McWhorter has a podcast on written pidgin.

    The BBC Pidgin black hole - "snap im foto" - article reminded me of the Wikipedia Pitcairnese page, which I believe was taken down because it was evidently not truly written by or for Pitcairnese people, but for yuks.
  33. @Anonymous
    The irony is, of course, is that Mr. Hussle would still be alive if he dwelt in his ancestral homeland Eritrea rather than the savage lawless badlands of ghetto America.

    Eritrea has one of the largest modern slave populations. Mostly government conscripted.

  34. @anonymous
    The BBC article is dated April 1, but I see that there has been a written "Pidgin" service since 2017 intended to reach Central and West Africans. Given that any pidgin is a limited, secondary language, this seems contrived and condescending, a decoder ring worn for show. Are there readers who truly glean more from this than they do from written English? (I suspect that the 60-second audio summary is far more useful to the website's audience.) Note how something like "campaign against gang violence" has to be left in when an article is forced through the translation (?) process.

    It's also interesting to think about how this works in institutional journalism. Who would dare edit anything, for fear of offending the author or being accused of inauthenticity? And how could you, when the essence of a pidgin is its disregard for convention?

    BBC Pidgin always makes for enjoyable content.

    • Replies: @BB753
    It's also a window into the future.
  35. @Olorin
    Actually our host has mentioned him. Search on "dyson" in the iSteve search field. Most of the hits will be re: Freeman, not Michael Eric. But you can enjoy those previous topics.

    When it comes to Dyson, Freeman > Michael Eric.

    • Agree: RebelWriter
    • Replies: @Franz Liszt von Raiding
    Freeman Dyson generated some lovely original Rogers-Ramanujan style identities BEFORE he switched careers from math to Physics where he played an integral part in the genesis of quantum electrodynamics. Michael Eric wishes he could understand any aspect of that last sentence
    , @Mr. Anon
    Freeman > James >> Michael Eric

    Reasonable people might disagree about the first inequality, but not the second.
    , @Brutusale
    Exponentially.
  36. @BB753
    Can anybody imagine a conversation like this:

    “Are you Steve Sailer?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your articles.”

    Cue the theme from Laverne and Shirley on that day!
    Or Thus Spake Zarathustra.

    • LOL: BB753
  37. “We had an epic conversation and talked about the psychologist Abraham Maslow, whom he brought up.”

    I am trying to imagine how this “epic conversation” would unfold between two guys with a suspected IQ of 130. The “Maslow” part, if intelligible, might be entertaining.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Are you implying 130 is a low IQ?
  38. Dr. Dyson is a contributing opinion writer.

    Huh? I thought Dr. Dyson died in the unsolved Cyberdyne Systems incident.

    [MORE]

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Evidently a White Supremacist incident. It's practically Elohim City vs. The Black Genius.
  39. @James Speaks
    Words fail me.

    Apparently, words fail da BBC tu.

    The BBC Pidgin service is a gift that just keeps on giving… https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/amp/tori-41171196

  40. Michael Eric Dyson had a big fight with his mentor, Cornel West, after West started criticizing Obama while Obama was still President.

    That’s a bit like the falling out between close literary friends V.S. Naipaul and Paul Theroux, except it’s between two black guys who don’t write nearly as well.

    https://www.jacobinmag.com/2015/04/cornel-west-dyson-obama-glen-ford

  41. @Steve Sailer
    BBC Pidgin always makes for enjoyable content.

    It’s also a window into the future.

  42. Nipsey Hussle is the SJW Paul Walker.

  43. @anonymous
    The BBC article is dated April 1, but I see that there has been a written "Pidgin" service since 2017 intended to reach Central and West Africans. Given that any pidgin is a limited, secondary language, this seems contrived and condescending, a decoder ring worn for show. Are there readers who truly glean more from this than they do from written English? (I suspect that the 60-second audio summary is far more useful to the website's audience.) Note how something like "campaign against gang violence" has to be left in when an article is forced through the translation (?) process.

    It's also interesting to think about how this works in institutional journalism. Who would dare edit anything, for fear of offending the author or being accused of inauthenticity? And how could you, when the essence of a pidgin is its disregard for convention?

    Apparently in Pidgin the ‘official title’ of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, (Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth’s consort), is ‘Number One Big Fella, Him Belong Mrs. Queen’.

  44. History’s Most Famous Individual Recalled in NYT

    Before I clicked on the link, I thought this was going to be about Emmett Till.

  45. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    …and one of these people gets to start a new crossword puzzle, while the other…

  46. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    Nowadays, getting rid of loud rap music demands silver bullets.

  47. @Jenner Ickham Errican

    Dr. Dyson is a contributing opinion writer.
     
    Huh? I thought Dr. Dyson died in the unsolved Cyberdyne Systems incident.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bhlkUShG6yw

    Evidently a White Supremacist incident. It’s practically Elohim City vs. The Black Genius.

  48. @Steve Sailer
    When it comes to Dyson, Freeman > Michael Eric.

    Freeman Dyson generated some lovely original Rogers-Ramanujan style identities BEFORE he switched careers from math to Physics where he played an integral part in the genesis of quantum electrodynamics. Michael Eric wishes he could understand any aspect of that last sentence

  49. I’m not generally drawn to conspiracy theories, but this headline is so inflammatory, given that every reader of the New York Times knows that the paper would never allow such a headline to appear were it speaking of “whiteness” rather than “blackness” (except, of course, for purposes of derision) — well, to be blunt, it is manifest to me now that the Times is conspiring to make Steve Sailer look like a genius.

  50. The greatest Black Man since Ragnar Lodbrok.

    • Replies: @Olorin
    Way to put me outta my workout wind, bro.
  51. How many people believe that two C-list black celebrities who had never met randomly sat next to each other on a cross-country flight and recognized each other?

  52. @Anonymous
    None of us here would have heard of this guy if he hadn't got cacked and the media decided to make a big deal about it. He was irrelevant. Still is.

    “He was irrelevant. Still is.”

    Agree, but I still wondered why the Big Media is chose Nipsey to make a big deal out of him. Then I read,

    “Di rapper get him roots for Africa

    Nipsey Hussle wey him real name be na Ermias Davidson Asghedom be Eritrean-born American as him papa na from di North African country of Eritrea and him mama na America.”

    Ah, so it’s a grand opportunity to square the circle of black nativism versus mass immigration, and keep them both on the Dem plantation. Suddenly it makes sense.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
    This mope is a big deal at the moment because several truly famous blacks, mostly NBA players, have been blubbering about him: Lebron, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook. So the media, being the lazy and feckless twats they are, have jumped in with both feet pimping his "story", thinking they're hooking into a nascent movement because they are completely clueless that few things are more ephemeral than black "culture".

    And when did Eritrea migrate to North Africa? It's down there on the Horn with Ethiopia and Djibouti. I guess mumbling in pidgin has enstupidated the BBC.

  53. @Stephen Paul Foster
    "We had an epic conversation and talked about the psychologist Abraham Maslow, whom he brought up."

    I am trying to imagine how this "epic conversation" would unfold between two guys with a suspected IQ of 130. The "Maslow" part, if intelligible, might be entertaining.

    Are you implying 130 is a low IQ?

    • Replies: @Anonymousse
    That’s the sum.
    , @Stephen Paul Foster
    "Are you implying 130 is a low IQ?

    I meant to say, "combined IQ."
  54. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    The fact that anyone outside of the ghetto* would feel comfortable singing this individual’s praises shows how far our society has fallen.

    *I’m not implying that no one who lives in the ghetto feels embarrassed by association with this late clown

  55. @Olorin
    Re: mention of "Dead Sea Scrolls." I skimmed the column and my immediate reaction was that I've encountered Sumerian clay bullae incised all over with cuneiform that made more sense than anything in Dyson's piece.

    Good lord, what a sociobabbletastic cognitive Superfund site.

    I eavesdrop occasionally on gutterances such as the above and immediately flash to the cave kids in the Thunderdome Mad Max movie, spinning the LP on a string and playing with the ViewMaster. George Miller's emu take on Riddley Walker.

    Except both Miller and Hoban assumed that the downfallen humans of post-apocalypso would sense how low they lived and would "want to be like them what had boats in the air and picters on the wind." Rather than wanting to see it all go kaput and live off its corpse, and kill off those who make it happen. While Loving Their Blackness, as trained to do by their infotainment plantation owners.

    “a sociobabbletastic cognitive Superfund site”–better copyright that one quick.

  56. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    bitch ain’t even in first class?

    I guess all white people are supposed to be in first class. Maybe he resents being culturely oppressed by someone who can only afford coach.

    One thing I can say about the anonymous white crossword puzzler. He’s still alive, and probably doing fine. Whereas Nipsey Hussle has gone from being all about blackity-black blackness to being about deadity-dead deadness.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    Wow. Whoever that guy is, he has to be feeling at least a little bit smug right now.

    BTW, the airline magazine crosswords have gone all gay now. You can't complete one without a few homo references. So I guess I understand Nipsey in his anger management there. He's looking at a scrawny white guy with a crossword and assuming he's secretly lusting after his masculinity.
  57. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    Immediately after that, Nipsey posted, “After telling that Coward clown muthafucca to shut the fuc up, and he shutted right the fucc up, I turned back to Michael Eric Dyson to continue our discussion of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. Self-actualized AF.”

  58. Black rap-culture is really nothing but one big minstrel show. A minstrel show with guns. The more authentic – and therefore, dead – ones are step-n-fetchit’s whose feets apparently done failed them.

    • LOL: ThreeCranes, Dtbb
  59. @Steve Sailer
    When it comes to Dyson, Freeman > Michael Eric.

    Freeman > James >> Michael Eric

    Reasonable people might disagree about the first inequality, but not the second.

  60. I can only imagine what it was like to sit next to those two geniuses for the entire 2000 hours it took to get wherever they were going.

  61. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    Wow, he’s so gangsta. He left out the part where TSA dragged him off the plane and the airline banned him for life. Of all the place in America where you can get away with nigga style behavior (and there are many of them), an airplane is one of the last places where you can’t. Also why is this nigga flying coach? In his videos he’s always driving a Rolls. Since the late Nipsey is 1/2 Eritrean is he allowed to only slap 1 ass cheek?

  62. @anonymous
    The BBC article is dated April 1, but I see that there has been a written "Pidgin" service since 2017 intended to reach Central and West Africans. Given that any pidgin is a limited, secondary language, this seems contrived and condescending, a decoder ring worn for show. Are there readers who truly glean more from this than they do from written English? (I suspect that the 60-second audio summary is far more useful to the website's audience.) Note how something like "campaign against gang violence" has to be left in when an article is forced through the translation (?) process.

    It's also interesting to think about how this works in institutional journalism. Who would dare edit anything, for fear of offending the author or being accused of inauthenticity? And how could you, when the essence of a pidgin is its disregard for convention?

    And how could you, when the essence of a pidgin is its disregard for convention?

    Pidgins, like all other languages, operate according to grammatical rules. The rules may be different (generally simplified) from those of standard English and you may not know what they are, but they are internally consistent. Maybe in it’s initial formative stage a pidgin is improvisational but eventually its rules are regularized and it becomes a language. Spanish, French, Italian, etc. are all Latin pidgins.

    • Replies: @stillCARealist
    Does pidgin = dialect?
  63. The most interesting thing in the article is that apparently Nipsey was inspired toward entrepreneurship by visiting Eritrea, his father’s famously disciplined and self-sufficient homeland. But Dyson doesn’t know enough about actual African countries to ask him more about the subject. Too bad, really. Eritrea is a fascinating place.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    The only part of Black Africa evangelized by the original Apostles.
  64. @Pericles
    Here is what woke/gay blacccccness thinks. "Cracks" showing?

    Last year, Nipsey made a comment on Instagram under a picture of a group of black youth implying, amongst other things, that there was some gay agenda out there working against the black community. Basically, that images of blackness were violent, gay or fatherless, and in this picture was a group of young black men in tuxedos. I don’t know why that particular image stuck out to him in such a way to make him speak out in the fashion he did, but I do imagine and hope that anybody in his position, who was hoping to rebuild his community—one surely filled with the type of people he claimed the media was feeding us—would have realized that we’re all community, all looking for the same things he claimed to be hoping to bring to his community—freedom and opportunity. We’ll never know, so I get why there are people who aren’t happy that a black man was gunned down but aren’t shedding many tears for a person who otherwise didn’t want to acknowledge their existence. All of our faves are problematic.

     

    Also, lol:

    By all other accounts, Nipsey was literally doing what he could to build up the local community that raised him with his clothing stores, his barbershop, his restaurant, his STEM innovation hub, Vector90, ...

     

    https://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/rest-in-power-neighborhood-nip-1833714372

    More on Vector90 here. David Gross, despite the name, is (part) black though I wouldn’t rule out a Jussie style Jewish father.

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-ms-nipsey-hussle-vector-90-victory-lap-20180228-story.html

    Nipsey’s connection to STEM is that he once assembled a PC out of parts – in the ghetto this makes him a computer scientist. Maybe he could get Clock Boy to work on the faculty.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    For a moment I was thinking David Gross of 70's Quantum Chromodynamics fame
    , @Pericles

    Nipsey’s connection to STEM is that he once assembled a PC out of parts – in the ghetto this makes him a computer scientist.

     

    Little known fact: Through a process of time travelification, James Cameron used this incident as inspiration for Terminator 2.

    https://fotos.web.sapo.io/i/o1101b4de/2937237_Z5lpR.png


    Maybe he could get Clock Boy to work on the faculty.

     

    Give him the Nipsey PC and let him try out for Overclock Boy.
  65. @Daniel Williams

    ... the crisscrossing and crosscutting ways of global blackness and the awareness that no one culture or country or tribe has ownership of a blissfully variegated blackness.



    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean? And this guy is, like, a famous black? For his writing?
     

     

     

    I have never seen previously, but “crosscutting” is obviously lifted from Albert King. His tune “Crosscut Saw” that can be seen on youtube. Eric Clapton idolized King and learned from him for his solos. One of The Cream albums has an Albert King tune.

    Not that any of these dunces (the above authors) has ever held a crosscut saw in their hands
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosscut_saw

    Crosscut saw is how two men (slave like but any ethnicity) cut down trees for payable lumber. In the pre-chainsaw era.

    • Replies: @ThreeCranes
    A big two-man crosscut saw was called a "misery whip" out here in the Pacific Northwest during the heyday of logging.

    (Note the guy on the left standing on a plank driven into a notch he had cut in the side of the tree.)

    https://www.mendorailhistory.org/images/logging/kinsey/kinsey_10.jpg

  66. @Olorin
    Re: mention of "Dead Sea Scrolls." I skimmed the column and my immediate reaction was that I've encountered Sumerian clay bullae incised all over with cuneiform that made more sense than anything in Dyson's piece.

    Good lord, what a sociobabbletastic cognitive Superfund site.

    I eavesdrop occasionally on gutterances such as the above and immediately flash to the cave kids in the Thunderdome Mad Max movie, spinning the LP on a string and playing with the ViewMaster. George Miller's emu take on Riddley Walker.

    Except both Miller and Hoban assumed that the downfallen humans of post-apocalypso would sense how low they lived and would "want to be like them what had boats in the air and picters on the wind." Rather than wanting to see it all go kaput and live off its corpse, and kill off those who make it happen. While Loving Their Blackness, as trained to do by their infotainment plantation owners.

    A superior comment! My agree button was broke or broken.

    Nippy tatted up his neck, same as other many common nitwits__

  67. You might enjoy the oddly revealing video in which the BBC describes its new service.

    https://youtube.com/watch?v=KugxPF5wnoQ

    I agree with some of the people on the video: BBC Pidgin seems fake. Possibly The Onion.

  68. Reading Dyson’s, “another pilgrimage to Eritrea in 2018” I wondered if Hussle felt the same way I did as a 12 yr old making a “pilgrimage” with my dad to his childhood neighborhood in Detroit, back in 1985. As a 12 yr old I thought, what a shi*hole. Gordie Howe was your neighbor, dad?

  69. @Steve Sailer
    When it comes to Dyson, Freeman > Michael Eric.

    Exponentially.

  70. @Olorin
    Re: mention of "Dead Sea Scrolls." I skimmed the column and my immediate reaction was that I've encountered Sumerian clay bullae incised all over with cuneiform that made more sense than anything in Dyson's piece.

    Good lord, what a sociobabbletastic cognitive Superfund site.

    I eavesdrop occasionally on gutterances such as the above and immediately flash to the cave kids in the Thunderdome Mad Max movie, spinning the LP on a string and playing with the ViewMaster. George Miller's emu take on Riddley Walker.

    Except both Miller and Hoban assumed that the downfallen humans of post-apocalypso would sense how low they lived and would "want to be like them what had boats in the air and picters on the wind." Rather than wanting to see it all go kaput and live off its corpse, and kill off those who make it happen. While Loving Their Blackness, as trained to do by their infotainment plantation owners.

    And you might as well copyright “gutterances” as well!

    • Replies: @Dtbb
    I am going to substitute the word gutterance for rap from now on. It could catch on.
  71. @Daniel Williams

    ... the crisscrossing and crosscutting ways of global blackness and the awareness that no one culture or country or tribe has ownership of a blissfully variegated blackness.



    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean? And this guy is, like, a famous black? For his writing?
     

     

     

    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean?

    They inhabit completely different universes with different values, perspectives, etc.

    LeBron (French for The Bron) James said this guy’s death was one of the most tragic events in United States history. The sheer stupidity, ignorance, and childishness of that is beyond belief. Until you realize that by “United States” he means “me and my circle of similarly unread, provincial dimwits”.

    • Replies: @Pericles

    LeBron (French for The Bron)

     

    Le Brun does translate to The Brown. Make of that what you will.
  72. All this duck bait, and no quaking.

  73. @Hhsiii
    Didn’t make the Village Voice annual critics poll of top 100 albums or top 50 singles. And there’s usually plenty of rap, hip-hop, r&b, whatever in there. He got 3 votes for his album. It was number 4 on billboard. Then trended down. Then went to number 2 after he got killed.

    Yeah, basically he was no big deal.

    That’s a shame because it means there’s at least a hundred rappers who’ll have to martyr harder. I really wonder, does no one at the Times have the slightest compunction about celebrating this guy precisely for getting shot? It’s like it’s still 1996, wokeness or no. Admittedly, the instagram evidence above thread suggests he was just an ordinary thug, so maybe the shooting is all there is. I was ready to believe otherwise, and was earlier explaining to my husband that he was a local hero there in LA, much like one of our town’s many musicians who never made it big, perhaps. “Okay, and this is a story in Nigeria because …?” was his response.

    As to the pidgin, I admit I enjoy reading it: it’s colorful and a bit like a riddle. I like that related links are “dem dat dey resemble” and the “jollificate” category of news is priceless. But I am not sure it’s authentic or completely ingenuous. I mean, I know pidgin is spoken in crossroads places, just not sure about these written expressions of it. I need to see if McWhorter has a podcast on written pidgin.

    The BBC Pidgin black hole – “snap im foto” – article reminded me of the Wikipedia Pitcairnese page, which I believe was taken down because it was evidently not truly written by or for Pitcairnese people, but for yuks.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    Hmm, I doubt the 10,000 hour rule applies to pop-rap fame but it does seem like getting to be a first-gen son of immigrant thing nowadays. I remember when that guy "The Week-ened" (The Weak-kneed?) got big, the material sounded like anybody with a copy of Pro Tools could produce the same. But being at least half-foreign is an efficient way to differentiate yourself from the rat race I guess.
  74. One of the greatest privileges of White Privilege is the privilege of not having to pretend to take an interest in the ruminations of the late Mr. Hussle.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    We were at a restaurant with my parents* watching the Masters when all of a sudden the TV switched to some Nipsey Hussle video and thanks to Steve I got to crack a couple jokes that assured my mother I wasn’t an ignorant rube Nazi after all.

    * - mouthy prog true believers before Trump, focusing on family since.
  75. @black sea
    One of the greatest privileges of White Privilege is the privilege of not having to pretend to take an interest in the ruminations of the late Mr. Hussle.

    We were at a restaurant with my parents* watching the Masters when all of a sudden the TV switched to some Nipsey Hussle video and thanks to Steve I got to crack a couple jokes that assured my mother I wasn’t an ignorant rube Nazi after all.

    * – mouthy prog true believers before Trump, focusing on family since.

  76. @Jack D
    More on Vector90 here. David Gross, despite the name, is (part) black though I wouldn't rule out a Jussie style Jewish father.

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-ms-nipsey-hussle-vector-90-victory-lap-20180228-story.html

    Nipsey's connection to STEM is that he once assembled a PC out of parts - in the ghetto this makes him a computer scientist. Maybe he could get Clock Boy to work on the faculty.

    For a moment I was thinking David Gross of 70’s Quantum Chromodynamics fame

  77. @Daniel Williams

    ... the crisscrossing and crosscutting ways of global blackness and the awareness that no one culture or country or tribe has ownership of a blissfully variegated blackness.



    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean? And this guy is, like, a famous black? For his writing?
     

     

     

    You don’t recognize the blackety-black-black prose style which soars into the heavens (occupied solely by black folk) on wings of narcissism, a stunning monument to arrogance that wallows in hyperbole because really, the magnificence and splendour of blackness (in itself the apex of human achievement) deserves no less?

    No, really. It’s like they’re all Ozymandias, except without the decline/ruin part.

    • Replies: @Clyde
    aka blacks "Toxic levels of self esteem" coined by Nicholas Stix who posts here sometimes and at VDare

    https://nicholasstixuncensored.blogspot.com/2012/09/blacks-toxic-levels-of-self-esteem-you.html
  78. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    What’s a six letter word for “people who annoy you?”

  79. Nipsey Hussle was from the ghetto;
    He took pride in having gotten out.
    He’d never take a Tylenol;
    He refused to pick the cotton out.

  80. @Almost Missouri

    "He was irrelevant. Still is."
     
    Agree, but I still wondered why the Big Media is chose Nipsey to make a big deal out of him. Then I read,

    "Di rapper get him roots for Africa

    Nipsey Hussle wey him real name be na Ermias Davidson Asghedom be Eritrean-born American as him papa na from di North African country of Eritrea and him mama na America."
     

    Ah, so it's a grand opportunity to square the circle of black nativism versus mass immigration, and keep them both on the Dem plantation. Suddenly it makes sense.

    This mope is a big deal at the moment because several truly famous blacks, mostly NBA players, have been blubbering about him: Lebron, Steph Curry, Russell Westbrook. So the media, being the lazy and feckless twats they are, have jumped in with both feet pimping his “story”, thinking they’re hooking into a nascent movement because they are completely clueless that few things are more ephemeral than black “culture”.

    And when did Eritrea migrate to North Africa? It’s down there on the Horn with Ethiopia and Djibouti. I guess mumbling in pidgin has enstupidated the BBC.

  81. @Jack D
    More on Vector90 here. David Gross, despite the name, is (part) black though I wouldn't rule out a Jussie style Jewish father.

    https://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-ms-nipsey-hussle-vector-90-victory-lap-20180228-story.html

    Nipsey's connection to STEM is that he once assembled a PC out of parts - in the ghetto this makes him a computer scientist. Maybe he could get Clock Boy to work on the faculty.

    Nipsey’s connection to STEM is that he once assembled a PC out of parts – in the ghetto this makes him a computer scientist.

    Little known fact: Through a process of time travelification, James Cameron used this incident as inspiration for Terminator 2.

    Maybe he could get Clock Boy to work on the faculty.

    Give him the Nipsey PC and let him try out for Overclock Boy.

  82. @William Badwhite

    Do these guys write this inanity in a trance? What is that even supposed to mean?
     
    They inhabit completely different universes with different values, perspectives, etc.

    LeBron (French for The Bron) James said this guy's death was one of the most tragic events in United States history. The sheer stupidity, ignorance, and childishness of that is beyond belief. Until you realize that by "United States" he means "me and my circle of similarly unread, provincial dimwits".

    LeBron (French for The Bron)

    Le Brun does translate to The Brown. Make of that what you will.

    • Replies: @Desiderius
    https://whatisabrony.com/faqs.html
  83. Anonymous[337] • Disclaimer says:

    Slauson and Crenshaw is a great name for a Big law outfit or a rap duo.

    This is cultural syncretism gentleman.

    Medium is the message @Isteve

  84. @Mr. Anon

    bitch ain't even in first class?
     
    I guess all white people are supposed to be in first class. Maybe he resents being culturely oppressed by someone who can only afford coach.

    One thing I can say about the anonymous white crossword puzzler. He's still alive, and probably doing fine. Whereas Nipsey Hussle has gone from being all about blackity-black blackness to being about deadity-dead deadness.

    Wow. Whoever that guy is, he has to be feeling at least a little bit smug right now.

    BTW, the airline magazine crosswords have gone all gay now. You can’t complete one without a few homo references. So I guess I understand Nipsey in his anger management there. He’s looking at a scrawny white guy with a crossword and assuming he’s secretly lusting after his masculinity.

  85. @Jack D

    And how could you, when the essence of a pidgin is its disregard for convention?
     
    Pidgins, like all other languages, operate according to grammatical rules. The rules may be different (generally simplified) from those of standard English and you may not know what they are, but they are internally consistent. Maybe in it's initial formative stage a pidgin is improvisational but eventually its rules are regularized and it becomes a language. Spanish, French, Italian, etc. are all Latin pidgins.

    Does pidgin = dialect?

  86. Sometimes our social adoration of stupid shit is too much to take. And the sometimes is becoming more and more frequent these days, as stupid-shit celebrants are elevated far beyond their simpleton capacities, and we’re dared to point that out.

  87. Nipsey Hussle Loved His Blackness

    Sung to the tune of “I Enjoy Being a Girl”:

    I’ve a nose that is flat and nostrilly,
    I sell loose cigarettes from the pack;
    I stare at the white folks hostilely,
    I enjoy being a black.

    When my hair’s hanging down like rope does,
    And my pants show an inch of crack,
    It just gets me high like dope does,
    I enjoy being a black.

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  88. I found some youtube video of Nipsys’ and Dr Dysons meeting.

  89. BBC Pidgin??? Oh for pity’s sake. The left won’t be happy until we are all living in caves and culture is nothing more than banging rocks together.

  90. Dyson????

    Why would anyone with a brain read or listen to a word this moron writes or says?

    After you’ve seen him screaming that Jordan Peterson is an “angry white man” because disagreement?

    After you watch even one response in any video he’s ever been in (so many, many, many, many words; so few, few, fee, little, none at all ideas), how could you ever read a thing this racialist fop writes?

    I didn’t get past the byline.

    I repudiate a fool!

  91. @Pericles
    Modern migrating blacks are heroic rootless cosmopolitans who criss-cross the world, etc.

    Or roofieless cosmopolitans, as in the case of now-jailed Bill Cosby..

  92. Damn, I don’t speak Pidgin. So I copied the BBC homage, pasted it into Google translate. But Google doesn’t translate Pidgin. So I translated BBC-> Italian->Bulgarian->Croatian->English. Well, whaddya know, what a revelation Nipsey was on the down-low. Maybe a few on the streets down in South Central were aware of this but it is a reckoning for the rest of us.

    BTW, this is what the fancy academics call the “close reading” of the “sub-text” of the ” orthogonal interstices” or whatever the buck.

    >>>
    Reper makes it a root for Africa
    …..
    The homosexual has started talking about his history as a band and has worked to stop the violence of the gang

    Nipsey Hussle does much of his history as a gang member in Los Angeles, and Rollin 60 is one of the most important bands in the city.

    Social media are still in Afghanistan since Sunday evening, saying the Afro-American rapper Nipsey Hussle dies of a bullet. .
    <<<

  93. Anonymous[706] • Disclaimer says:

    $1,500/night luxury hotels patronized by touring headliner-worthy hip-hopsters should begin putting up the historical marker plaques, “Nipsey Hussle slept here, on [date] during his Tri-Cities Area campaign of that year”

  94. Anonymous[706] • Disclaimer says:
    @Savage Indifference
    That's a shame because it means there's at least a hundred rappers who'll have to martyr harder. I really wonder, does no one at the Times have the slightest compunction about celebrating this guy precisely for getting shot? It's like it's still 1996, wokeness or no. Admittedly, the instagram evidence above thread suggests he was just an ordinary thug, so maybe the shooting is all there is. I was ready to believe otherwise, and was earlier explaining to my husband that he was a local hero there in LA, much like one of our town's many musicians who never made it big, perhaps. "Okay, and this is a story in Nigeria because ...?" was his response.

    As to the pidgin, I admit I enjoy reading it: it's colorful and a bit like a riddle. I like that related links are "dem dat dey resemble" and the "jollificate" category of news is priceless. But I am not sure it's authentic or completely ingenuous. I mean, I know pidgin is spoken in crossroads places, just not sure about these written expressions of it. I need to see if McWhorter has a podcast on written pidgin.

    The BBC Pidgin black hole - "snap im foto" - article reminded me of the Wikipedia Pitcairnese page, which I believe was taken down because it was evidently not truly written by or for Pitcairnese people, but for yuks.

    Hmm, I doubt the 10,000 hour rule applies to pop-rap fame but it does seem like getting to be a first-gen son of immigrant thing nowadays. I remember when that guy “The Week-ened” (The Weak-kneed?) got big, the material sounded like anybody with a copy of Pro Tools could produce the same. But being at least half-foreign is an efficient way to differentiate yourself from the rat race I guess.

  95. @AndrewR
    Are you implying 130 is a low IQ?

    That’s the sum.

    • Replies: @AndrewR
    Well if he meant that, it was a bad look to not actually type it. When you're calling people stupid, you want to make sure your ducks are in a row.
  96. What a coincidence, just last week my boss brought up Maslow’s Heirarchy of Needs when I wondered out loud how some of the people in the manufacturing plant could spend thirty years standing in front of the same machine stamping out reams of notebook paper.
    Dyson:Damn how can those bangers spend day after day standing on the same street corner.
    Nipsey:Let me tell you about Maslow and his Hierarchy of Needs.

    • LOL: Kylie
  97. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    I like to think that somewhere Nipsey is doing the Corpsey Hustle!

    …….bye Felicia!!!

  98. @Change that Matters
    The greatest Black Man since Ragnar Lodbrok.

    Way to put me outta my workout wind, bro.

  99. Summarizing the Nipsey Hussle Saga: “inspiring rapper” becomes “expiring rapper” at the hands of “aspiring rapper”…

    • LOL: Harry Baldwin
  100. @Lot
    Where’s Nigerian Nationalist when you need him to translate this hard-hitting BBC expose.

    —Woman wan troway poo-poo, come trap for window—

    Woman wey take her hand, pack her poo-poo comot di toilet of man wey she dey friend because ''e no gree flush'' enter trouble, after she go try collect di poo-poo back.

    https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-41171196

    Remember that Brits are required by law to pay for this.

  101. Ali G must be writing pigeon English news items for the BBC as a side “hustle”.

  102. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    I used to have no idea who this guy was (and certainly wouldn’t have cared).

    Now I’m actually somewhat pleased to hear he no longer exists.

  103. @Anonymousse
    That’s the sum.

    Well if he meant that, it was a bad look to not actually type it. When you’re calling people stupid, you want to make sure your ducks are in a row.

    • Replies: @William Badwhite
    And to think you're the guy who can't figure out why nobody likes you at work.
  104. @Anonymous

    It was that sense of blackness that linked a scholar like me and a rapper like him when we shared a six-hour flight last year from Los Angeles to New York.

    “Are you Michael Eric Dyson?” he asked as he slid into the seat next to me. “I read your books.”

    “Yes, sir. Are you Nipsey Hussle?” I replied as I showed him that I had downloaded his latest album on my smartphone. “I listen to your music.”
     
    https://www.sohh.com/wp-content/uploads/Screen-Shot-2017-07-15-at-3.23.29-PM.jpg

    So in other words, the world is far better now that he has left it. I assumed that from the moment I heard of his passing.

  105. @Clyde
    I have never seen previously, but "crosscutting" is obviously lifted from Albert King. His tune "Crosscut Saw" that can be seen on youtube. Eric Clapton idolized King and learned from him for his solos. One of The Cream albums has an Albert King tune.

    Not that any of these dunces (the above authors) has ever held a crosscut saw in their hands
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crosscut_saw

    Crosscut saw is how two men (slave like but any ethnicity) cut down trees for payable lumber. In the pre-chainsaw era.

    A big two-man crosscut saw was called a “misery whip” out here in the Pacific Northwest during the heyday of logging.

    (Note the guy on the left standing on a plank driven into a notch he had cut in the side of the tree.)

    • Replies: @Clyde
    Many thanks for the photo. That is one long cross cut saw! I missed that he was standing on that notched in plank. And while axing and sawing.
  106. @Pericles

    LeBron (French for The Bron)

     

    Le Brun does translate to The Brown. Make of that what you will.
  107. I have literally found substantial objective evidence that no one ever heard of the person known as “Nipsey Hussle” before his death. Here’s a link to the page view statistics for his Wikipedia article:

    https://tools.wmflabs.org/pageviews/?project=en.wikipedia.org&platform=all-access&agent=user&range=latest-20&pages=Nipsey_Hussle

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    Helluva career move.
    , @Harry Baldwin
    I did a Google search on Nipsey Hussle from 2007 through March 15, 2019. The most attention he got was in January 2018 for something he posted on Instagram that was deemed homophobic. Other than that, some attention for his album dropped a couple of months ago.
  108. @captflee
    And you might as well copyright "gutterances" as well!

    I am going to substitute the word gutterance for rap from now on. It could catch on.

  109. Nathan Forrest Loved His Whiteness

    His story is so compelling because love was at the core of his beliefs and behavior.

    Nate loved and embraced his whiteness, a whiteness that was bigger than the sum of its intriguing parts. …

    He was every bit the unapologetic patron of Pittsburgh, Austin, and Salt Lake City. But he also embraced his Ethno-European roots in his father’s homeland of Great Britain when he was 18. Forrest, his brother and his father made another pilgrimage to London in 2018….

    We discussed [many things], but especially our unblushing love for ethno-European culture. …

  110. @Pericles
    Here is what woke/gay blacccccness thinks. "Cracks" showing?

    Last year, Nipsey made a comment on Instagram under a picture of a group of black youth implying, amongst other things, that there was some gay agenda out there working against the black community. Basically, that images of blackness were violent, gay or fatherless, and in this picture was a group of young black men in tuxedos. I don’t know why that particular image stuck out to him in such a way to make him speak out in the fashion he did, but I do imagine and hope that anybody in his position, who was hoping to rebuild his community—one surely filled with the type of people he claimed the media was feeding us—would have realized that we’re all community, all looking for the same things he claimed to be hoping to bring to his community—freedom and opportunity. We’ll never know, so I get why there are people who aren’t happy that a black man was gunned down but aren’t shedding many tears for a person who otherwise didn’t want to acknowledge their existence. All of our faves are problematic.

     

    Also, lol:

    By all other accounts, Nipsey was literally doing what he could to build up the local community that raised him with his clothing stores, his barbershop, his restaurant, his STEM innovation hub, Vector90, ...

     

    https://verysmartbrothas.theroot.com/rest-in-power-neighborhood-nip-1833714372

    in this picture was a group of young black men in tuxedos.

    Wait. What? Was he insinuating that the Nation of Islam had teh ghey?

    Shooting his silly mouth off at anyone and everyone, and I bet he still wonders how he ended up dead.

  111. I was going to write that your article is funny and perfect and exactly what I was going to write but you’re ending italicization was more or less the opposite of what I thought. I thought it was hilarious. I don’t think that comparing Nipple Hussle to the word of God in Hebrew discovered in modern Israel is a very good example of pandering. I mean come on, you don’t have to be intelligent to realize that that’s actually rather the insult to anybody tribal. otherwise though, you quoted and commented pretty nicely on the two pieces

  112. @guest
    "Dem needs in dat hierarchy, nome sane? I got 'em covered, dawg."

    from transcript of Hussle on Maslow.

    I don’t think I like you but that made me laugh, thanks. It also gave me some Newfound Respect for Nipple Hustle.

  113. @Earl Lemongrab
    The most interesting thing in the article is that apparently Nipsey was inspired toward entrepreneurship by visiting Eritrea, his father's famously disciplined and self-sufficient homeland. But Dyson doesn't know enough about actual African countries to ask him more about the subject. Too bad, really. Eritrea is a fascinating place.

    The only part of Black Africa evangelized by the original Apostles.

  114. @DFH

    Hussle, his brother and his father made another pilgrimage to Eritrea in 2018 that gave him renewed inspiration for his reverse-gentrification
     
    'Reverse gentrification' should be the new euphemism for deportation

    made me chuckle aloud

  115. @Lot
    Where’s Nigerian Nationalist when you need him to translate this hard-hitting BBC expose.

    —Woman wan troway poo-poo, come trap for window—

    Woman wey take her hand, pack her poo-poo comot di toilet of man wey she dey friend because ''e no gree flush'' enter trouble, after she go try collect di poo-poo back.

    https://www.bbc.com/pidgin/tori-41171196

    Is that Chaucer’s Miller’s Tale?

  116. @Kevin O'Keeffe
    I have literally found substantial objective evidence that no one ever heard of the person known as "Nipsey Hussle" before his death. Here's a link to the page view statistics for his Wikipedia article:

    https://tools.wmflabs.org/pageviews/?project=en.wikipedia.org&platform=all-access&agent=user&range=latest-20&pages=Nipsey_Hussle

    Helluva career move.

    • LOL: Kylie
  117. @Kevin O'Keeffe
    I have literally found substantial objective evidence that no one ever heard of the person known as "Nipsey Hussle" before his death. Here's a link to the page view statistics for his Wikipedia article:

    https://tools.wmflabs.org/pageviews/?project=en.wikipedia.org&platform=all-access&agent=user&range=latest-20&pages=Nipsey_Hussle

    I did a Google search on Nipsey Hussle from 2007 through March 15, 2019. The most attention he got was in January 2018 for something he posted on Instagram that was deemed homophobic. Other than that, some attention for his album dropped a couple of months ago.

    • Replies: @Clyde

    I did a Google search on Nipsey Hussle from 2007 through March 15, 2019. The most attention he got was in January 2018 for something he posted on Instagram that was deemed homophobic. Other than that, some attention for his album dropped a couple of months ago.
     
    With rappers you can always cut in half what the internet says their net worth is. Nippy wuz at 4 million, kinda pathetic, what can you do for the so called community with that kinda money? Meanwhile tatted up pothead crazies like lil Wayne are at>

    Height: 5' 6"
    Net worth: $120 million USD (2018)
     
    Cut that $120 million to 60 million.
  118. @ThreeCranes
    A big two-man crosscut saw was called a "misery whip" out here in the Pacific Northwest during the heyday of logging.

    (Note the guy on the left standing on a plank driven into a notch he had cut in the side of the tree.)

    https://www.mendorailhistory.org/images/logging/kinsey/kinsey_10.jpg

    Many thanks for the photo. That is one long cross cut saw! I missed that he was standing on that notched in plank. And while axing and sawing.

  119. @Kylie
    You don't recognize the blackety-black-black prose style which soars into the heavens (occupied solely by black folk) on wings of narcissism, a stunning monument to arrogance that wallows in hyperbole because really, the magnificence and splendour of blackness (in itself the apex of human achievement) deserves no less?

    No, really. It's like they're all Ozymandias, except without the decline/ruin part.

    aka blacks “Toxic levels of self esteem” coined by Nicholas Stix who posts here sometimes and at VDare

    https://nicholasstixuncensored.blogspot.com/2012/09/blacks-toxic-levels-of-self-esteem-you.html

  120. @Harry Baldwin
    I did a Google search on Nipsey Hussle from 2007 through March 15, 2019. The most attention he got was in January 2018 for something he posted on Instagram that was deemed homophobic. Other than that, some attention for his album dropped a couple of months ago.

    I did a Google search on Nipsey Hussle from 2007 through March 15, 2019. The most attention he got was in January 2018 for something he posted on Instagram that was deemed homophobic. Other than that, some attention for his album dropped a couple of months ago.

    With rappers you can always cut in half what the internet says their net worth is. Nippy wuz at 4 million, kinda pathetic, what can you do for the so called community with that kinda money? Meanwhile tatted up pothead crazies like lil Wayne are at>

    Height: 5′ 6″
    Net worth: $120 million USD (2018)

    Cut that $120 million to 60 million.

    • Replies: @BigDickNick
    tbh $4 million is a lot more than I would expect for a F list celebrity who is black
  121. @AndrewR
    Well if he meant that, it was a bad look to not actually type it. When you're calling people stupid, you want to make sure your ducks are in a row.

    And to think you’re the guy who can’t figure out why nobody likes you at work.

  122. @Pat Hannagan
    At my regular six month dental check up the assistant seemed to have some nippsey hussle russle going on the boombox and after a half hour I silently scattered my thoughts into how the dental surgeon can stand this idiot bombast blasting through her ear or was her Chinese austere and forgiving personality too attuned to subservience?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnpILIIo9ek

    It's often misunderstood how difficult it is to achieve an electronic sound distorted into something musically appreciable.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzZTxX71Nc8

    How soon is now is a superior territory and back then in 1984 or so this was rampaging white man’s territory. North England. Birmingham. The Animals w Eric Burden from New Castle/ Pronounced Nooksl

  123. @AndrewR
    Are you implying 130 is a low IQ?

    “Are you implying 130 is a low IQ?

    I meant to say, “combined IQ.”

  124. @Clyde

    I did a Google search on Nipsey Hussle from 2007 through March 15, 2019. The most attention he got was in January 2018 for something he posted on Instagram that was deemed homophobic. Other than that, some attention for his album dropped a couple of months ago.
     
    With rappers you can always cut in half what the internet says their net worth is. Nippy wuz at 4 million, kinda pathetic, what can you do for the so called community with that kinda money? Meanwhile tatted up pothead crazies like lil Wayne are at>

    Height: 5' 6"
    Net worth: $120 million USD (2018)
     
    Cut that $120 million to 60 million.

    tbh $4 million is a lot more than I would expect for a F list celebrity who is black

  125. Never heard of this D-Lister. Did his funeral have the obligatory gunshots?

  126. He loved his blackness? That’s coooool….
    I love my whiteness….OHMYGODYOUARESUCHARACISTPIG!!!!

  127. He loved his blackness? That’s coooool….
    I love my whiteness….OHMYGODYOUARESUCHARACISTPIG!!!!

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