Stuff White People Like – Mos Def

Stuffwhitepeoplelike is a surprisingly controversial blog, but I guess for pretty obvious reasons. If you take it as the tongue-in-cheek satire that it is intended to be you may actually get a bit of a kick out of it.  But be warned you may be offended by some of their content.

They cover the gambit of things that “white people like” and it varies from silly things like recycling to slightly more obtuse characterizations like irony. But one of the funnier posts I’ve seen is their post on Mos Def. They claim that white people like Mos Def for a number of reasons, and I have to say I find bits of their post prety entertaining.

He is everything that white people dream about: authentic (”he’s from Brooklyn!”), funny (”he was on Chapelle show!”), artistic (have you heard “Black on Both Sides?”), an actor (”he’s in the new Gondry film!”) and not white (”I don’t see race”)

If you find yourself in a social situation where you are asked to list your favorite actor or artist, you should always say Mos Def. This way you can name someone that everyone has heard of and you don’t look like you are trying to one up anybody. The only possible negative consequence is some white people might think “I wish I had said that first.”

Now we all know to not take this too seriously, but on some level it may actually highlight just how Mos has been openly accepted all over the place.  It’s true.  I think every person I know is willing to accept Mos as an artist; it doesn’t even matter what kind of music they tend to favour.


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