Mom and pop rage
in Great Satan’s rage
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By associating cunnilingus with a Tootsie commercial aimed at children, Lil' Kim's 'How Many Licks' mischievously risks broaching one of the biggest taboos in the American culture. Childhood, as a sacred place of uncorrupted innocence, is largely an invention of romanticism, popularly resonant in the writings of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and in William Blake's 'Songs of Innocence' for example. In the generic mom and pop rage that characterises many lyrics in nu metal, Korn's in particular, the father tends to vacillate between the imaginary and the real registers. The chapter looks at another symptom of adolescent rage that seems to be more radical than the therapised mom and pop rage. Apparently indifferent to mom, pop and their surrogates at school, the target of this destructive rage is American adolescence itself, as a symbol of the American way of life.

Great Satan’s rage

American negativity and rap/metal in the age of supercapitalism


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