I was in Hell today (also known as the 405 freeway between the hours of 1pm and 8pm) and I just so happened to catch the premiere of the  new Jay-Z and Kanye West song “Otis” off their upcoming “Watch The Throne” Album. The track was amazing, nothing short of the reasons why Hov and Yeezy are two of my favorites hands down.

However, as DJ Felli Fel of LA’s Power 106 continued to play the track repeatedly the lyrics began to sink into my brain and a thought occurred to me not only about rap music but about black culture as it relates to today’s form or rap.

Jay finessed lyrics into my head like, “Looking like wealth, I’m about to call the paparazzi on myself” and “new watch alert, Hublot’s, Or the big face Rollie I got two of those” while Kanye followed up with the likes of  ”They aint see me cause I pulled up in my other Benz, Last week I was in my other other Benz” and as I was nodding my head falling in love with every line it occurred to me — I can in no way relate to anything being said in this song. And the fact of the matter is neither can 99% of the people who will hear it.


Travon Free is a comedian, actor, and writer who has been seen on such shows as Chelsea Lately, Tosh.0, Party Down, House, Southland, in various commercials and has opened for comedy mentor and friend Russell Peters on multiple occasions.


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