The Elements of Freestyle

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The Elements of Freestyle


Murphy, Tim, Mother Jones


Our unofficial directory to The Anthology of Rap

When it dropped last fall, Adam Bradley and Andrew DuBois' The Anthology of Rap drew criticism for its transcription errors - like mishearing former University of Alabama forward Gerald Wallace as backward Alabama Gov. George Wallace. Errors aside, it's still an awesome compilation: 920 pages of the phattest lyrics ever, packed with preposterous pop-culture references. Here's our abridged index to them. -Tim Murphy

Attila the Hun

is not LL Cool J, p. 216

Bambi

mad phatness of, p. 312

Bicentennial celebration

boringness of, p. 419

similarities to The Arsenio Hall Show, p. 419

Booth, John Wilkes

as second-grade icon, p. 358

Bush, George H.W.

as real estate agent, p. 424

worth less than a bird in the hand, p. 424

Bush, George W.

a natural ass, p. 699

did 9/11, p. 751

not a Seminole Indian, p. 715

treatment of blacks relative to treatment of trash, p. 699

Clinton, Bill

hanging in strip club, p. 681

slanging crack, p. 485

smoking up, p. 681

Coolidge, Calvin

suspected black ancestry of, p. 469

Dahmer, Jeffrey

consumption of dogs, p. 485

consumption of mail-order brides (hypothesized), p. 647

Etch A Sketch

as matter of life and death, p. 180

Falwell, Jerry

as funky dope musician, p. 136

Gandhi, Mahatma

as serial killer, p.389

Goodyear blimp

says "Ice Cube's a pimp," p. 426

McCain, John

empty apologies of, p. 470

NASA

hijacking of its space shuttle with a . …

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