Monday, February 23, 2009

Super Inferiority Complex

You don't need to be a psych major (Hi, Red) or bother thumbing through any psychology textbooks to understand just how an inferiority complex and/or a superiority complex works.

If you were a psych major, you'd probably know a bit about how the two tend to compliment each other. Or, perhaps, you'd already be aware of the behaviour those complexes tend to inform--that urge to shove your competence in someone's face.

What you might not be thinking about is how a Keri Hilson song featuring Lil Wayne articulates the permanent Super Inferiority Complex that lives deep in the spinal court of hip hop culture.

I have read (and written) my share of essays about the psychology of hip hop. They tend to be grossly overwritten and hella tiresome. So, I'll get right to the point here.

Hip hop is youth culture. A significant part of the experience of being young involves proving oneself. Because hip hop is so undeniably linked to the process of growing from youth into whatever comes after youth, there will always be a natural place within the music for some emcee (or some singer) to declare who they are better than or who is not better then them.

Keri Hilson isn't the best example of the Super Inferiority Complex found in so much hip hop music. She's just the latest. 'Cause she's a real woman. And we're all supposed to recognize that.

Or, maybe, she's just fly as hell. And I needed an excuse to watch her video 17 times in a row.

Actually...yeah...I think that's what it was. The flyness. Anyway...carry on.

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