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Camorra



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Thought I would throw this up here:

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http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/content_display/reviews/albums/e3icd64063a76e6b87b57c2d03a25a1571d

Throughout Sage Francis' second album for Epitaph, the rapper casts his eye toward a somewhat abstract enemy. The ignorantly rich get their lashing on "Hoofprints in the Sand," and corporate hip-hop is spat on in "Midgets and Giants." Yet much of "Human the Death Dance" goes for something deeper—the sound of an artist afraid of what he almost became. "This is not your typical cry for help," Francis declares on "Going Back to Rehab," where a smattering of cymbal-heavy beats rain down upon a forlorn piano line. He attempts to justify his noncommittal ways on the jazzy breakup rumination "Hell of a Year," and marriage becomes a death sentence on "Keep Moving" ("They confused prison for a bed and breakfast"). Early in the album, he declares himself afflicted with a "complicated case of escapism," and "Human the Death Dance" plays out as his captivating quest for a cure. —Todd Martens
Post Mon May 07, 2007 10:45 am
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I didn't see this addressed in any of the HTDD threads, so I'll ask here since the reviewer mentions the song "Midgets and Giants":

"Midget" is considered offensive by little people, so why is it OK to use it in this song's title?
Post Mon May 07, 2007 10:50 am
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wesfau wrote:
I didn't see this addressed in any of the HTDD threads, so I'll ask here since the reviewer mentions the song "Midgets and Giants":

"Midget" is considered offensive by little people, so why is it OK to use it in this song's title?


I don't think he was talking about "little people" when he used the word.
Post Mon May 07, 2007 10:56 am
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wesfau



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FranktheP wrote:
wesfau wrote:
I didn't see this addressed in any of the HTDD threads, so I'll ask here since the reviewer mentions the song "Midgets and Giants":

"Midget" is considered offensive by little people, so why is it OK to use it in this song's title?


I don't think he was talking about "little people" when he used the word.


Hmm. I'm not sure that's enough.
Post Mon May 07, 2007 10:59 am
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wesfau wrote:
FranktheP wrote:
wesfau wrote:
I didn't see this addressed in any of the HTDD threads, so I'll ask here since the reviewer mentions the song "Midgets and Giants":

"Midget" is considered offensive by little people, so why is it OK to use it in this song's title?


I don't think he was talking about "little people" when he used the word.


Hmm. I'm not sure that's enough.


would changing the song title be enough?
Post Mon May 07, 2007 11:29 am
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wesfau



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Blackstone Valley wrote:
wesfau wrote:
FranktheP wrote:
wesfau wrote:
I didn't see this addressed in any of the HTDD threads, so I'll ask here since the reviewer mentions the song "Midgets and Giants":

"Midget" is considered offensive by little people, so why is it OK to use it in this song's title?


I don't think he was talking about "little people" when he used the word.


Hmm. I'm not sure that's enough.


would changing the song title be enough?


hehe...probably not. I love the song (as well as the rest of the album), I just found it odd that derogatory/offensive speech gets the gas face here, but no one seems to notice when the little people get hit.

Maybe they need a better PAC.
Post Mon May 07, 2007 11:34 am
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Sage Francis
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Should I also be worried about what the Giant contingency of this world will think? Ack...back to the drawing board.
Post Mon May 07, 2007 11:53 am
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Sage Francis wrote:
Should I also be worried about what the Giant contingency of this world will think? Ack...back to the drawing board.


So many toes to avoid stepping upon...
Post Mon May 07, 2007 11:54 am
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yeah, and midget toes are so little I really didn't think I'd be stepping on any but apparently I have. Ohhhh wellll. I'll change the song to "Little People and Big People" on the next pressing.

shooting all the little people
shooting all the little people
shooting all the big people
shooting all the big people

I kinda like it
Post Mon May 07, 2007 11:59 am
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Sage Francis wrote:
yeah, and midget toes are so little I really didn't think I'd be stepping on any but apparently I have.


As a person of average height, the lyric does not offend me. I just wanted a peek into the writer's mind to see if you glossed over the potential to enrage the little people or if you considered it and said, "Fuck 'em"?
Post Mon May 07, 2007 12:01 pm
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Sage Francis
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I chalk something like that up in the "non-issue" box
Post Mon May 07, 2007 12:08 pm
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wesfau



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Sage Francis wrote:
I chalk something like that up in the "non-issue" box


Fair enough, and thank you for satisfying my curiosity.

The new album is fantastic. Thank you for that as well.
Post Mon May 07, 2007 12:12 pm
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Astro



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"a person of average height"

I'm offended.

If you ever change something honest to make it less offensive in your art, I will be offended. seriously.
Post Mon May 07, 2007 12:16 pm
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Sage Francis wrote:
yeah, and midget toes are so little I really didn't think I'd be stepping on any but apparently I have. Ohhhh wellll. I'll change the song to "Little People and Big People" on the next pressing.

shooting all the little people
shooting all the little people
shooting all the big people
shooting all the big people

I kinda like it



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