Monday, August 8, 2011

Poly Lyrics in Contemporary Hip-Hop/Rap

Looks like the most powerful artists in hip-hop today are including poly concepts in their writing.  I'm speaking of Kanye West's & Jay-Z's No Church In The Wild featuring Frank Ocean (From the album Watch The Throne 2011) 

The following is the second verse of the first track on the new album  The song is called "No Church in the Wild" and was written by Kanye West:

We formed a new religion
No sins as long as there’s permission’
And deception is the only felony
So never f-ck nobody wit’out tellin’ me

Sunglasses and Advil
Last night was mad real
Sun comin’ up, 5 a.m.
I wonder if they got cabs still

Thinkin’ ’bout the girl in all-leopard
Who was rubbin’ the wood like Kiki Shepard
Two tattoos, one read “No Apologies”
The other said “Love is cursed by monogamy”

That’s somethin’ that the pastor don’t preach
That’s somethin’ that a teacher can’t teach


Anonymous said...

Ugh. I hate Kanye West. So. Much. And quite honestly, I don't see this as "poly lyrics." Those lyrics to me say "fuck who you want as long as I know." Poly isn't about just sleeping around. It's about actually loving people, not being a slut.

I just found this blog today and was rather excited about it. Until I read this. The fact that you're basically glorifying this song as poly friendly or whatever you would like to call it... is rather disheartening. Too bad.

polygrrl said...

There are some other poly-positive lyrics on this album too (Watch the Throne). Can't remember all of them, but I think there were 4 or 5 throughout. In one song, they rapper (can't remember which one) says he thinks the prince of England, instead of marrying Kate should have married "Mary-Kate and Ashley". In another song, there is a reference to a hot woman who is "our wife".

I was pretty impressed by it, personally. Poly can take a lot of forms, and having some rules about casual sex as part of it can be in the contract, if that's what the people in the relationship want. You write your own rules.

What I particularly liked about this album was how open and playful they were about it. The made it sound like a serious lifestyle choice, and a personal evolution, rather just the typical misogynistic "fuck all the bitches you can" kind of thing.

Haven't yet written about this album, but if you are interested, I blog about my poly family here.