I don’t know about the thesis, but I agree with him when it comes to Jay-Z, especially w.r.t. his role in the Atlantic Yards project.
Violent J turns to him and says, softly, “If we moved furniture for a living we’d have a bad back or bad knees. We think for a living. We try to create. We try to constantly think of cool ideas. And every once in a while there’s a breakdown in the engine… I guess that’s the price you pay.”
Shaggy nods quietly. “I get anxiety and shit a lot,” he says. “And reading that stuff people write about us… It hurts.”” —I will say this, while Ronson tries to make them seem more relatable, he still insists on calling them Violent J and Shaggy — even though we know he knows their gov’t names — which introduces a bit of humor to reading sentences like the ones above. It’s all done with a wink and an elbow in the side. Ronson’s making fun of them, too.
“No,” sighs Violent J. “I figured most people would say, ‘Wow, I didn’t know Insane Clown Posse could be deep like that.’ But instead it’s, ‘ICP said a giraffe is a miracle. Ha ha ha! What a bunch of idiots.’” He pauses, then adds defiantly, “A giraffe is a fucking miracle. It has a dinosaur-like neck. It’s yellow. Yeah, technically an elephant is not a miracle. Technically. They’ve been here for hundreds of years…”
“Thousands,” murmurs Shaggy.” —Jon Ronson’s profile of ICP for the Guardian is full of gems like this. Read the whole thing.