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Sunday, December 16, 2012

The Great Recession in Pop Culture

It seems like only yesterday that for rappers it was all about flashing cash and living the high life. It still is of course, it provides an escape and aspiration for listeners but with tough economic times for the better part of a decade, it's only natural that song lyrics reflected some of society's realities. Lil Wayne has gone from rapping about 'bling bling' to now including lines such as "I'm waiting definitely, not probably and honestly I'm down like the economy." 

But with 32 million views, the song Thrift Shop by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis has brought 'recession lyrics' to a new level celebrating second hand stores like Goodwill.

(warning explicit lyrics) 

I'm gonna pop some tags
Only got twenty dollars in my pocket

They be like, "Oh, that Gucci - that's hella tight."
I'm like, "Yo - that's fifty dollars for a T-shirt."
Limited edition, let's do some simple addition
Fifty dollars for a T-shirt - that's just some ignorant bitch 
I call that getting swindled and pimped 
I call that getting tricked by a business.


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