Racial And Politics Of Music In Cole's Mo Money

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The third, and final way that Cole’s album is a permanent form of spiritual expression is through his inclusion of racial and political topics. As of now, Cole’s sentiments during the production of his album and his appeals to the senses have demonstrated permanence. But, there must be an impetus behind his emotions and his need to evoke specific emotions from his audience. This impetus reveals itself to be the political and racial aspects of society that trouble Cole, and ultimately move him to create the album. Cole portrays the political and racial influences on his music through his skits and interludes, which often bleeds into the next track, both sonically and topic wise. Cole begins his use of skits and interludes immediately after …show more content…
The song has a steady drum beat that is consistent from start to finish. This steady pace represents how stagnant the politics of money has been in the black community. Cole raps: “How mama gonna teach you how to save your money. When she barely on the boat, got stay afloat money. Blacks always broke cause we don 't know money. Spend it 'fore we get it and could never hold money. No wallets, nah, [guy] we 'd rather fold money” (0:58-1:12). Clearly, these lines trace back to the “Kerney Sermon” skit from before. Especially, the line:” Peter Pop off, robbing people for hope money” (0:44-0:46). Cole laments on his frustration with how negligent the black community is with money. This negligence is shown through a juxtaposition between white people and black people economically: “Money control [black people], white man control money. Laughing like "yeah yeah my [black guy] get your money" (1:13-1:17). This interlude explains Cole’s confliction during the production of the album. Cole understands the necessity of money, but also the restrictions that money can place on a person. Referring to his line on how the “white man” controls money, Cole creates a paradox with money: it both frees and chains. Money allows black people to enjoy themselves and stay afloat, but it also places them under the subjugation of those who fund them. This song cuts abruptly, and …show more content…
Before this interlude, the bulk of the album is inundated with sin, sorrow, and slow dreary beats. The previous song, “Chaining Day,” ends with the lines “I swear this is my last time.” And the very next line heard is “okay I lied” (0:00-0:01). Following this statement by Cole is a fast, up-tempo, jittery beat, with a quick drum. The listeners experience a stark contrast of emotions, while “Chaining Day” saddens them, “Ain’t that some” awakens them and urges them to nod their head and dance sporadically. Evidently, “Ain’t that some” explains the improved relationship with God that Cole has developed over the course of the album. Cole raps about how well paid he is and appears to appreciate the blessings God has provided him through his musical profession. Politically, this interlude resolves his confliction with money that “Mo Money” articulates because Cole decides to recognize the benefits of money and emphasize the freedom it provides. This is seen when Cole raps about returning the hood, which indicates that Cole now realizes that money allows you to liberate more than just yourself. Cole’s use of interludes and skits in his album transform it into a permanent form of spiritual expression because he describes how historical issues pertaining to race and politics have impacted the production of his

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