August 7, 2008

Lock Up That Mayor

Filed under: detroit — jrice @ 10:43 am

I kind of miss Kwame. He is, after all, the hip hop mayor. And I am, after all, the author of “Hip Hop Pedagogy.” If we had enjoyed a sit down in Detroit during my five years there, I’m sure we would have found plenty to talk about. Madlib. Wu Tang. Or any record that just dropped.

But now Kwame is in jail. And I have missed my chance to chat. Most likely he will be out quickly – if he isn’t already – but should I be seen hanging out with convicts? I am, after all, a writing program director. I try to avoid scandals. And wear sandals.

Kwame violated his bond by going to Canada. When I would go to Canada (Windsor) it was for pizza. The Detroit Metro kids go to Canada on Friday night because the drinking age is lower than in the U.S. Kwame was trying to sell parts of the tunnel to Canada. Do you need to show up in person to sell a tunnel? I think we all know what it looks like and where it can be found. I have driven through it many times and I find it to be a fine tunnel. A little crowded on Friday night, but fine nonetheless. If I had the money, I’d buy the tunnel. It’s a good tunnel.

Poor Kwame. Nothing goes right for this guy. Car scandals. Affairs. One earring. He played for a minor college football team better know for its marching band than its on the field performance. You got to give this guy some love. He is, after all, under “tremendous strain and scrutiny.”

After all.


  1. I was over at the campus rec center when the Kwame story broke and thought about blogging it. I don’t know if I buy the “hip hop mayor” tag. He’s too old school for hip hop. Despite his association with technology (brought down by text messaging!), his whole persona harkens back to pre-hip hop days. He’s aloof like a rat packer, corrupt and machine-oriented like a Daley (the older one, that is).

    The tunnel? Fuhgedaboutit. The Ambassador Bridge rules.

    Comment by Bill — August 7, 2008 @ 2:18 pm

  2. I was curious as to whether you would still be interested in writing some letters of reccomendacion for me? If so, I could send you a list of colleges. I think the application dates coming up in a few months (November, I’m pretty sure), so I thought I would ask you early.

    Comment by jargoncomputer — August 8, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  3. who cares? it’s the highly expected hubris ridden downfall of a dumb fat would-be mack daddy who embodies twisted aspirations of poor wounded people in a rusty metropolis. should americans be allowed to vote? after bush and kwame, perhaps not.

    Comment by Hip Hop Bunny — August 9, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  4. In response to Hip Hop Bunny…Generally, I wouldn’t even comment, but I find your general disregard really disenchanting. The idea that a hip hop mayor is necessarily a bad thing, seems a calculation in hind sight. At the onset though, one could see how people (the “poor wounded” ones that you mentioned) were really interested in something new…there was a belief that a different approach might be beneficial. And, it must be noted, that there might be some import and discussing why this failed.  In terms of approaches, I’d say that it be quite difficult to lump Kwame with Bush. I don’t think these are situations that one can compare successfully.

    Comment by jargoncomputer — August 10, 2008 @ 8:24 am

  5. Derek:

    I suggest the notion of a hip-hop mayor failed not in theory (that is, there’s nothing wrong with the notion of a “hip-hop” politician or civic leader as such) but in practice (when the hip-hop mayor in question is a moral midget who combines the worst elements of hip-hop culture with an every-man-for-himself ethic).

    My two cents.

    Comment by Mike — August 10, 2008 @ 7:36 pm

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