The Whole World by Outkast
via Eiliyas

And the whoooooole worrrlldd!!! Loves it when you don’t get dowwwwwn!!!!

This was the first track I ever heard Killer Mike on.

It was some days after September 11th and there was a plethora of REM songs on heavy rotation on channels like MTV and I believe VH1.

Always, “It’s the End of the World” or “Losing my Religion”.

And I feel finneeeeeeeee!!! Always trailing off in the distance in the hallways and rooms of the house.

I had just got told off by my Grandma because I stated there was no way that I was going to war for the U.S. in regards to that matter. In her mind I was being a yellow bellied coward who would never learn to fight for his country or for his family. In my mind I had never been completely American, more American by consequence. To be honest I didn’t understand how any black man or woman could feel otherwise.

At any rate…

After explaining to my Pops that it wasn’t a roach in the car ashtray but the butt end of a bidi I got one of those small comments or what if’s like what if the cops pulled me over and found it in the ashtray. How quick I would be in jail and locked up for nothing, and explaining how stupid it was especially since it wasn’t even weed at all. He’s right.

Went to the next room and picked the newspaper up off of the table while the TV played. Perusing the paper I come across the list of songs that are no longer able to be played on the radio. A page or two long of songs that were considered too unpatriotic to be played at the time. Also with a few notes in there that absolutely NO Public Enemy or Rage Against the Machine songs were to be played at all.

Notions of increased stress on the marginilized, concerns of McCarthy-istic-isms and the like abound, it was also stated that this was a list produced by Radio One and Clear Channel. Which, those 2 came to prominence after the Telecommunications Act of 1996, a fact that left me a bit more despondent about the current situation.

Cutting off the television and just wanting to hear as much of nothing as possible for as long as possible. I just sat there on the couch and let it all sink in. No pondering. No conclusions. Just let the facts settle. In silence.



Turn on TV. I swear though if they play “Losing my Religion” one more fuckin’ time though!!! (then what you got do? be honest)(it’s just a phrase!)( A phrase that emphasizes how little you actually are going to do or even can do regardless of how frustrated you are. You futile homie! lol)

Opening scene to a video that I had never seen before comes on and I was just happy it wasn’t another REM song(also don’t get me wrong I actually did like a lot of REM but christ!). The overlay that shows video credits shows up and its and Outkast song. Oh shit new Outkast! Though the production in the opening seconds felt sparse I of course was already all in.

I was in love with the production style and the feeling of the arrangement and the frowning, sorrowed and sad day of the dead adorned clowns/wrestlers/performers felt like exactly what everything was at that moment.

‘Cause the whole world loves it when you don’t get down

(Bah bah-da, bah bah bah-da da!)

And the whole world loves it when you make that sound

(Bah bah-da, bah bah bah-da da!)

And the whole world loves it when you’re in the news

(Bah bah-da, bah bah bah-da da!)

And the whole world loves it when you sing the blues

(Bah bah-da, bah bah bah-da da!)


Yeah they do huh.


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Eiliyas is a Macon born, Atlanta bred, Berlin-based artist working with music, sound design, creative writing and conceptual art. He also is host and curator of Mixtape Menage, a platform for becoming familiar with cultural facilitators of the world through sound.

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  1. Jake Uva Grape 5 months ago

    Did you see the television series that killer mike did? It’s got “lie cheat steal” lyrics from run the jewels 💎 as the theme song, and I believe I remember it might be named something similar to that. Definitely worth checking out though if you haven’t seen it!

    • Eiliyas 5 months ago

      Oh yeah man definitely watched Trigger Warning when it first came out 🙂 I have to admit that I tend to watch almost anything that reminds me of the A at the moment and also I loved a lot of the points he made in that series!


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