Represent: Nas and Žižek

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On his debut album, Illmatic, which dropped  back in ’94, Nas stressed the importance of representing people and place:

Represent y’all, represent
Represent y’all, represent
Represent y’all, represent
Represent y’all, represent

….

This goes out to everybody in New York
That’s living the real fucking life and every projects, all over

To my man Big Will, he’s still here
The 40 side of Vernon, my man Big L.E.S
Big Cee-Lo from the Don, Shawn Penn, the 40 busters
My crew the shorty busters, the 41st side of Vernon posse
The Goodfellas, my man Cormega, Lakey the Kid
Can’t forget Draws, the Hillbillies
My man Slate, Wallethead, Black Jay, Big Oogi

Crazy barrio spot, (Big Dove), we rock shit a lot, Ph.D
And my man Primo, from Gang Starr
’94 real shit y’all (word up Harry O)
Fuck y’all crab-ass niggas though!


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Žižek recounts how this issue raised itself at the first conference on the idea of Communism in London in 2009.

Some people in the public voiced the complaint that there was only one woman among the participants, plus no black person and no one from Asia, to which Badiou remarked that it was strange how no one was bothered by the fact that there were no workers among the participants, especially given that the topic was Communism.

 

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