Ep. 26 Notes (“Alright,” by Kendrick Lamar)

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The Song

And here are the lyrics.

Supporting Videos

“Jazz,” by A Tribe Called Quest

“Rebirth of Slick,” by Diggable Planets

“The Choice Is Yours,” by Black Sheep

“Cataclysmic Circles,” by GRITS

“Rap God,” by Eminem

“Imaginary Places,” by Busdriver

Black Lives Matter and “Alright”

Darth Vader’s Death, Star Wars: Return of the Jedi



The Wikipedia article on the song.

The Billboard Hot 100 history for “Alright.”

The Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop history for “Alright.”

The Wikipedia page on the 2015 BET Awards.

The Wikipedia page on the 2015 Soul Train Awards.

The Wikipedia page on the 2016 Grammy Awards.

The song about which Tillman is uncomfortable: “Shut De Do,” by Randy Stonehill.

Philosophical Sources

Michael Wheeler, “Martin Heidegger,” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

The Wikipedia article on Heidegger and the Nazis.

The Wikipedia article on Eugen Fink.

Eugen Fink, Play as Symbol of the World, trans. Ian Alexander Moore and Christopher Turner (Indiana University Press, 2016). (I got my information about Fink and Heidegger from the translator’s introduction to this book.)

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