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at the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell

Posted By Jaime Gassmann
07.01.2009

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This Das Racist song will get in your head and do all sorts of insidious things. Not because it’s bad, but because it makes brilliant use of two of the most crucial creative weapons: repetition and variations on a theme.

In an excellent Village Voice interview, the rap duo decree, “My top five favorite poetic devices of all time are repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, and repetition.” By merely repeating a word, such as repetition, each iteration takes on renewed intensity and a slightly different meaning. Texts that seek great depth often rely on this mechanism. Shakespeare’s Hamlet, for instance: “To die, to sleep; / To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub; / For in that sleep of death what dreams may come…”

To sleep; To sleep. The second time it carries a completely different tone and thus conveys something new that a single mention could not. To similar effect, Das Racist’s song song repeats, “I’m at the Pizza Hut. I’m at the Taco Bell. I’m at the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.”

As the song plays, consider the layers of meaning added when they begin to riff (variations on a theme), e.g., the incorrect grammar of “We at the…” rather than, “I’m at the…”

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One Response to “at the Pizza Hut and Taco Bell”

  1. Josh Dillon says:

    This has been haunting my dreams.

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