For those plugged into pop-culture (even just a little bit), the release of Kanye West and Jay-Z's album Watch the Throne has been impossible to ignore. With the release of a video for the album's single "Otis," the album's mess of contradictions between the rappers' luxurious lifestyles and the street sensibility they've tried to maintain becomes glaringly apparent.
appropriation of the flag to hawk beer, and Ford's caricature of blue-collar life in endless truck commercials, the video tries to place two mightily successful rappers in a narrative best described as "struggle begets success."
Big K.R.I.T. Paying homage to his working class roots, Big K.R.I.T.'s song "Dreamin'" relates the story of a hard-working rapper who makes good. In the song's video, Big K.R.I.T. dons a janitor costume and raps on the same empty stage he has to wipe clean (above).
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