Language and “Heisann Montebello” in Karpe’s «Hvite menn som pusher 50»

Over the past few posts, I have been looking at songs on Karpe Diem’s Heisann Montebello. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at «Hvite menn som pusher 50» (“White men pushing 50”). This is the second song on the album, following «Au pair», a song that sets up the ways that the album will interrogate whiteness, white privilege, and wealth. This interrogation runs throughout the song, but two lines in particular encapsulate this thread: «Du kaller det mamma, vi kaller det samma for» (“You call it mamma, we call it the same”) and «Mammaen til Pernille er fra Manila» (“Pernille’s mother is from Manila”). In the latter line, Pernille’s mother is the au pair.

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Art and Entertainment in Karpe Diem’s «Attitudeproblem» Part II

Last post, I started looking at Karpe Diem’s «Attitudeproblem» and teasing out the tensions within the song between art and entertainment. Today, I want to continue that discussion by looking at Chirag’s verse. Along with looking at art and entertainment, I also want to explore how Chirag’s verse comments on complaceny and material comforts, much in the same he questions at the end of «Lett å være rebell i kjellerleiligheten din» when he questions his own desire for comfort and stability in the face of pain and suffering throughout the world.

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Art and Entertainment in Karpe Diem’s «Attitudeproblem» Part I

Over the past two posts, I have started looking at Karpe’s Heisann Montebello (2016). I have discussed «Lett å være rebell i kjellerleiligheten din» (“Easy to be a rebel in your basement light”) and the ways that the song addresses xenophobic, Islamophobic, and racist rhetoric. Today, I want to continue some of that same discussion by looking at another song on the album, «Attitudeproblem» (“Attitude Problem”). This song confronts how we use language and directly points out the metaphorical use of language in hip hop. As well, it addresses the trappings of modern society, trappings that hinder us from ignoring the suffering around us.

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