Rappers on *The Economist* magazine

by on May 6, 2008 at 10:49 am in Music | Permalink

"The style in which they write is simple and concise, how do they get their sentences so precise?" the rappers wonder.

And the chorus is a gem, too: "He reads the Economist so he can get the gist, its solid competence gives him confidence that his intelligence is correct."

The rappers also weigh in on accusations that the Economist pushes a particular line: "Yes, they have a bias; it’s pro-democratic. And pro-free trade; they are very emphatic."

The source is Chris Blattman.

1 rcriii May 6, 2008 at 11:38 am

That last line should probably be:

“Yes, they have bias ; so do I; that they agree is praise in the highest”

(now you know why I’m not a rapper)

2 Holger Siebrecht May 6, 2008 at 1:20 pm

What an interesting web of coincidences… Chris Blattman was a student of Dani Rodrik’s in the MPA/ID… who recently had a post about the quality of The Economist:


3 Holger Siebrecht May 6, 2008 at 1:24 pm

Nevermind on my comment. I should’ve read Chris’ post first.

4 Spike May 6, 2008 at 3:20 pm

The Economist is a magazine, not a newspaper. They choose to self-identify as a newspaper, but they are in error.

5 Mr. Econotarian May 6, 2008 at 5:17 pm

I still remember reading in The Economist in the late 90’s about how the ratio of rental prices and housing prices was decreasing, signaling a potential housing bubble ready to burst. Guess they were right!

6 Lindemann May 6, 2008 at 6:57 pm

I can’t even bear to listen to the song because the quoted couplets are so awful.

7 Hulio!n May 7, 2008 at 4:27 pm

The Economist has no bias whatsoever. It is pure propaganda. In most civilized countries (mainly in Europe) The Economist [sic] is considered the semi-official magazine of the New World Order. Something like the ‘worker newspapers’ in Soviet Union.

8 Sheepfugue June 5, 2008 at 1:00 am

“Enthralling” coupled with “alarming”?? Real rappers have a much more competent ear.

9 david May 15, 2009 at 4:48 am

it is helpful to you

10 summer May 15, 2009 at 4:49 am

It is enlightening!

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