Morning Coffee

"Ain't no sense in going home..."


Here we have, arguably, the greatest of the ignorant anthems. Love this joint, almost as much as I love Wattstax. It's worth seeing the whole movie which really captures a particular moment in American history right at the tail-end of Black Power. 

It's interesting because I think this song illustrates how innuendo works so much better, and says more than the didactic. I love "One More Chance," but I think something about the line "Jody leaves ashes in your ash tray" gives a little more than "swimming in your women like the breast-stroke."

But Big is bragging, where Johnnie is more ambivalent. Johnnie has the riff at the end where he talks to the women in the crowd or notes that Jody has enough sense to express himself. Big is mostly concerned with women as material. For me, sometimes listening to rappers is like watching a Woody Allen flick, in the sense that I wish the artist would get out of the way and let their creation breath.

Anyway, enough with the close readings. This is Johnnie Taylor with the Morning Coffee.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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