Friday, October 07, 2011

You Might Be A Rapper: Steve Jobs (RIP)

Ran some snips of this along with a couple "You Might Be A Rapper" excerpt from the book on Hollywood Prospectus. Peep it out there

I don't like the pace of the newscycle, a pace Steve Jobs helped facilitate by being so damn good.

And I'm reticent to jump in especially when dealing with the sensitive space of losing someone important to so many people. But I know since starting this blog I've believed in hip hop as a form of human technology. That the relentless pursuit of innovation, fundamental change, and the facility of mind to "think different" while always striving to be #1 is the distilled energy of hip hop culture in its purest form. Steve Jobs personifies that hip hop spirit. And fair enough if you can say that about a host of other things, but the gap between hip hop as "the art of the impossible" and how its framed/perceived in mainstream pop culture today, you'd probably need a Steve Jobs caliber individual, or an album with the impact of an iPad to bridge the gap.

Steve Jobs wit, his flair for performance, his creative aggression. I can't help see the rapper in him. As an Apple junkie empowered by Jobs at least as much as, say, an Obama, an Oprah, a Jay-Z, I am forever grateful that he walked the path he did. But man, if he came up as a hip hop head in Brownsville, South-South Bronx, or listening to shots fired in Queensbridge, he may very well have been the dopest rapper yet.

RIP, Steve Jobs. (more on Grantland)

here's a nice chunky clip (via Ryan), Steve fielding questions, being a snark-charmer, predicting the future

and the instant-classic Stanford commencement address:

“Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

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