As discussed today, many songs and poems have political references and implications, even if they are not said outright. The example used in class was "Niggas in Paris"; it was said today that this song has risqué political implications, particularly as it was released in a time of economic recession but brags of disposable wealth and possibly mocks poverty.
One could reply to this in two ways. Either Jay-Z and Kanye West rap the lyrics of a song that does have the intentions of mocking the recession and poverty by demonstrating their wealth in an excessive manner, or it is simply a song that consists of bragging of wealth like many other rap songs that coincidentally was released during a time of poverty and recession.
If one analyses the song with the first reaction, it implies that the song is truly making a mockery of poverty, or it is a parody of the economic situation on how certain individuals managed to maintain great wealth while others had very little. If the song is making a mockery of poverty, is it only those who are not affected by poverty that understand this underlying mockery, implying those that are in poverty do not understand this mockery due to education? If this is true, wouldn't we see more resistance to this song and the artists? If this is a parody mimicking the attention brought to the separation of wealth in America, it could be argued that "Niggas in Paris" exemplifies this as it points out that others are living in minimal underprivileged ways, e.g. ordering a fish fillet, while Jay-Z and Kanye live luxuriously in Paris spending $50,000 without hesitation. If this is the case, this may be read as a criticism of the American economy, but ironically it would be Jay-Z and Kanye that the majority of the population would economically criticize.
If one analyses the song with the later reaction, that it is simply a rap song with the common theme of exposing wealth and braging about a lifestyle, it could be argued that "Niggas in Paris" has no underlying political meanings or implications. This statement could be supported by the arguement that both Jay-Z and Kanye West have rapped and bragged about their wealth and lifestyles in previous songs before the recession occured. Although, there has always been poverty and one could argue that any song bragging about money has the political implication of mocking those who have less.
As viewed in class today, there were many different opinions and views towards what the intended goal of the song is. Therefore, the political implications of "Niggas in Paris", or any song for that matter, can be read based on the listeners views, education, and socio-economic status.