I recently read Joel’s idea for a Meritocracy song, I think it’s a great idea, and it reminded me of a song called Merit by hip hop artist Aesop Rock. It’s more about musical merit I suppose, but it has political undertones. You can listen to it on Youtube here:
It not a new song, it came out in 1997 I think, but it’s a good one. His lyrics are clever and he has many gnostic, mystical, literary, mythological, social, and political references throughout his entire catalogue.
His lyrics can be hard to hear if your not used to his style, so here’s the lyrics:
I am greatly inspired by Aesop Rock, and other intellectual and political hip hop artists like Akala. You should check out some of Akala’s stuff. It’s incredible and really shows that not all scholars are surrounded by oak and tweed