Saturday, June 19, 2010

Writing Visually - Masta Killa


This technique attacks the immune system
Disguised like a lie paralyzing the victim
You scream as it enters your bloodstream
Erupts your brain from the pain these thoughts contain
Moving on a nigga with the speed of a centipede



I heard Da Mystery of Chessboxin' six years ago, and it's STILL amazing. First of all, the extended metaphor here is brilliant. The basic premise of rhyme = poison has been done a million times, but never better than this.

This technique attacks the immune system
Disguised like a lie paralyzing the victim


He's not attacking you, he's disabling your defenses so thoroughly that his words can actually reach your brain without any sort of interpretation. The immune system is your prejudgments and preconceptions. His technique is so advanced that it strips you of all your mental preparation. He couches it in metaphor, so you don't even see the veiled attack in his words - you are paralyzed.

You scream as it enters your bloodstream
Erupts your brain from the pain these thoughts contain
Moving on a nigga with the speed of a centipede


And as soon as your defenses are down, he has you. He's entered your bloodstream - that is, you're now absorbing his words as a child would, without any way to digest or temper them. And once he's there, the sheer viciousness of his words is so crippling that it leaves you completely without response.

And then he throws in the added metaphor of a centipede moving through blood veins. Sick.

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