Tech in Lyrics: The iPad and Talib Kweli

Lyricists work their magic from the world around them, like anybody else. And that means that they often mention the technologies of their day. Given my interests, I can't help but track these references, and I've finally decided to start sharing them with you. Here, we see Talib Kweli's "Mr. International" from his new album, Gutter Rainbows.

Here, he's got the internal mad/iPad/sad rhyme reinforcing the iPad as an elite, luxury item for the world traveler. You can hear his delivery below.

When I'm in commuter traffic I'm never worried or panic
First class travel I'm flying Virgin Atlantic
I'm already checked in I'm ready to settle in
Going places I've never been I get my Rosetta in
Racking up the sky miles and getting them upgrades
And you hate the only place that you visit is upstate
Don't be mad cause I'm writing this rhyme on my iPad
Don't be sad cause tomorrow I'm catching the flight back