Wandering Eye: Pusha T drew inspiration from the uprising, 'high protein' Cheerios, and more

A few months ago, I pointed out that a recent Dr. Dre song, 'Animals,' off the super-producer's album "Compton," was, according to producer DJ Premier, inspired by the Baltimore Uprising. It was exciting to see how quickly non-local hip-hop incorporated the uprising into its approach and it's been happening more and more via stray references or fiery verses about Freddie Gray. In the October issue of Numero, Simon Vozick-Levinson talks to rapper Pusha T, former member of Clipse, who is about to release a new solo record, "King Push." Vozick-Levinson quotes some lines from a "King Push" track 'Sunshine' ("Funeral flowers, every 26 hours, being laid over ours. Born to protect and serve, but who really got the power?"), which Pusha tells Vozick-Levinson were inspired by the Baltimore Uprising. He even referred to his new, more explicitly political lyrics as influenced by Public Enemy's Chuck D. "I don't think that America understands how fed up young, black, aggressive men are right now," Pusha told Vozick-Levinson. "People are tired of being victimized. And you're dealing with a generation of young people – these kids are going to act, and it can definitely get worse." Currently, there is no release date for "King Push," just that it will be "out soon." (Brandon Soderberg) 

 

No doubt, you've got to love a news item headlined "Look at This Crap Cheerios Is Trying to Pull." And Tom Philpott over at Mother Jones is not joking at all as he dissects the General Mills icon's recent marketing push. Cheerios "Protein" was launched to capitalize on the protein-is-good trend. Philpott calls it "the macronutrient of the moment," which may be overstating matters, but whatever. The point is, Cheerios claims its new variety (with "clusters") is "high protein," but, as Philpott found with a little math, it's only got like 1 gram more protein per serving, which is hilarious—if not totally predictable. Even more hilarious and more predictable? The "high protein" version of Cheerios has seven times the amount of sugar per bowlful than the old feed-it-to-babies-cuz-they-love-it "classic Cheerios." There is no word in the piece about the nutritional value of Honey Nut. (Edward Ericson Jr.)

 

Following the inspiring and occasionally fractious protests at Mizzou and a controversy about race and Halloween costumes at Yale, there has been a lot of "old man yells at cloud"-style complaining about college kids these days who are somehow simultaneously too rude and too wimpy and blah blah blah. Jordan Sargent over at Gawker dissects this flawed argument in a piece titled, "Maybe the College Kids Should Destroy College?" Sargent's kicking against a whole conservative—with a lowercase C, mind you—impulse to take issue with what the kids say and how they say it. More specifically, he's challenging Conor Friedersdorf of The Atlantic's "The New Intolerance of Student Activism," which he calls "essentially a very longwinded argument in favor of the status quo." In short, maybe the problem is with these institutions and not the students if we see controversy after controversy in which the students that attend colleges take issue with how the whole machine operates. A long quote here, but it's worth just tossing it up here unfettered: "Colleges—elite ones, anyway—are white institutions, which is to say not only are they primarily directed, cared for and populated by white people, but that their entire mode of being from their beginnings has been molded by white people: the way white people think and act, what white people want to see in the world, what makes white people comfortable. Admissions policies have broadened through the decades, but the system still guides students onto a particular road, paved by and for a particular sort of person." Sargent also approaches the controversy over Mizzou professor Melissa Click more reasonably than other journos who've become way too embattled on this ultimately small issue. "Melissa Click’s anti-media barricading is not a way forward, but questioning the way things are done, even if messily, is the hallmark of a modern and adaptive society," Sargent writes. "This is especially true for a place like a college campus, which ideally shapes society instead of reflecting it." (Brandon Soderberg)

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