|Posted by Kristen Geil on October 22, 2011 at 12:50 AM|
For those of you who aren't Twitter-savvy yet, listen up, because this is one of my favorite aspects of The Twitter thus far in our relationship. Every morning, Jay Bilas lovingly selects an inspiring rap lyric and tweets it to the world, followed by the catchphrase, "I gotta go to work." With that simple press of a touch-screen, my morning is jumpstarted and I am ready to attack the day myself; often, I too tweet an IGGTW message in hopes of having the same impact on some of my followers. In this blog feature, I thoughtfully analyze Jay Bilas's IGGTW tweet and how you, the everyday reader, can apply it to YOUR dreary mornings before work. Let's get it on.
@JayBilas: I pop my collar then I swing my chain. If you catch me in the club pimpin', doin' my thang. I gotta go to work.
From Young Jeezy's "Go Crazy" comes a triumphant declaration that JEEZY IS BACK. I don't know where he went, but he is back. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Jeezy had left the block, but he is happy to have returned: "I'm emotional, I love the block, I'm so emotional." Off his 2005 album: "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101," the chorus cries, "When they play that new Jeezy watch the dope boys go crazy," suggesting that Jeezy has undergone some sort of reinvention which the dope boys will wholeheartedly embrace.
The lyric Jay Bilas chooses to tweet immediately follows the aforementioned declaration: "I pop my collar, then I swing my chain. If you catch me in the club, pimpin', doin' my thang." By posturing and performing as a member of the hood community, Jay BECOMES an established participant in the exclusive group. In this case, acting leads to acceptance. If other trapstars see him pimpin' in the club, they will recognize him as one of their own and accept him as such.
In our own practical application of this advice, we can connect this lyric to the white-people cliche "Fake it til you make it." Or perhaps more specifically, "Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have." If you want to be a teacher, invest in a wide array of holiday-themed sweaters. If you want to be a lawyer, purchase suits that you can sensibly mix and match. If you want to be a trapstar, pop your collar and wear your chain with pride.
Ladies and gentleman, Jay Bilas has gone to work.