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Lil Darkie's "Jack Daniels" is a country hit

Lil Darkie is the master of irony. On the surface you can’t take take his words or name too seriously. But don’t worry, I’m guilty of nodding my head along to this song as well as most of his music - how can you not? It’s fantastically absurd and fun especially with lyrics like “I took that feller right down to the water hole” and “I’m so illiterate i can’t even read a little bit, i keep a banjo my hip and i diddle it” it’s impossible not to laugh.

What I enjoy about his music is there is always a political element or criticism embedded in his irony. But unlike his contemporary’s he remains genuine when discussing relevant issues like “towns afflicted with opiates“ and “watching fox news like it’s the fucking playoffs”. His previous song, released a few weeks earlier, “Don’t Tread On Me” is an homage to those killed in the New Zealand massacre. He wants you to underestimate him, his songs are a critique of society at large, he laughs at the hip-hop industry and is playing the role of the joker.

I’m sure he wants the audience to be offended. He doesn’t care for the status quo. In some sense, when a society no longer cares about lyrics they no longer care about anything at all. Most of his work is satirical, he’s trying to be over the top ridiculous because in the arena of art anything goes. The music game needs a guy like him to mock how absurd popular music has become. This is the benefit of art - your words are open to interpretation. Even if someone disagrees with his lyrics, most people disagree with rap lyrics, they always are meant to extreme and effecting.

Fuck the left wing and fuck the right too!

What I took away from his music was that even if your talking about political issues - the topics will go right over people’s heads, they only come for the bass, most people will dance and ignore your words. It’s as if most of the mainstream today has lost the ability to gauge skill and talent, no longer able to reflect on the art or it’s purpose, caught in a loop of psychosis which this artist aims to break.

Above is the cover art to his song “1983”.

Above is the cover art to his song “1983”.

I appreciate how Lil Darkie manages to invert the expectations of his audience, they come for “blaring 808’s” but are silently the exposed to fraught conditions of our society whether they recognize it or not. I can see how people who don’t investigate his lyrics might just write him off, but if you take the time to dig deeper into his words and study his imagery you will find this artist, unlike his contemporaries, actually has something to something say and isn’t just taking up a few minutes of your time for the sake of ego.

Your not going to understand his work on the first listen, the same way you need to reread a novel to fully comprehend the meaning behind the work. Despite his outlandish cover art and style there are layers and layers of meaning inside his lyrics. If your willing to dive deeper into his music you will be rewarded with puns and jokes and left thinking.

In this song specifically, “Jack Daniels” it’s pretty obviously this artist is mocking the rhetoric of Trump supporters from rural America and their impassioned anger with the lines, “none of these liberals making any sense/now there’s some nazi’s that took up residence/voted for donald and I’m still scared of pence.”

If there ever was an enjoyable diss song on Trump supporters while also being an anthem for rural America - this would be it. This is the music the rap world really needs, it’s a reminder of the purpose of rap music - to make a statement. He hooks people in with his delivery and flow but injects a lesson and parable to his lyrics.

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This artist has an incredible sense of humor. Each line gets funnier and funnier, particularly when he impersonates a stereotypical country lover yelling “CITY FOLK, CITY FOLK/WE DON’T LIKE YOU CITY FOLK”.

Irony is the highest form of art, everything about him is poking fun of everyone’s sensitivity about minuscule issue when they should be getting angry about the major problems in our society. In “Jack Daniels” no one is safe from his criticism or spared, everything is up for debate, he makes fun of country music, the current music game, and the drug epidemic in our country in classic punk function.