Referencing J Smooth’s much discussed theory of the difference between a conversation about a racist act and someone who is racist, I give you the following excerpts from Vanity Fair correspondent Eric Spitznagel’s interview with rap producer powerhouse Warren G (excerpts grabbed from Gawker):
During the 90s, you were rapping about “Money, cars, bitches, and drugs.” What have you cut back on because of the recession? The cars? The bitches? The drugs?
All that been cut out of my lifestyle. I’m not really trippin’ on that shit anymore.
Surely you keep a bitch or two around the crib just for old time’s sake.
It ain’t like that. You get older and realize you gotta mature….
But hits without bitches or one of them bouncy cars, doesn’t it feel kinda hollow?
Naw, man, it’s played out. I got four kids and one kid on the way.
I frankly can’t imagine any circumstance in which a reporter should speak to an interview subject in this way–aping in a fashion comparable only to blackface minstrelsy, but the cues are missed by Mr. Spitznagel who continues:
From Madoff to AIG, it doesn’t seem like there’s anybody we can trust. In this financial climate, does it make more sense to invest in Citigroup or the Crips?
Oh, hell no! Invest in the Crips? That’s crazy, man!
So you think the Bloods are a better investment?
Neither one of them! You don’t wanna get involved in any of that!
I mean, jesus h. christ, dude…are you intending to offend? The interview piece is astoundingly titled, “Warren G does not recommend investing in Citigroup or the Crips.” I don’t even know where to start, with this one. Rants in the comments.