“America forced to sell Grandma’s precious vase on eBay to pay angry creditors.”
The agreement between the Oakland rapping guys was this: Each rapping guy would be allotted one section of the rap song to rap about whatever he wanted. The only exception was the Two Pack rapper, who would be rapping during the first and final block of the rapping song. This was because he was the leader and if the other Oakland rapping guys had any misgivings about that, then they certainly knew better than to say anything.
Even the backup rapping guys who were only allowed to chime in occasionally to respond to the lyrics knew that.
“We should all remember to rap about some of our own positive characteristics,” said one rapping guy. “That way, the listener trusts our interpretation of the subject matter.”
“Good idea!” said another rapper. “Then it’s like a resume!”
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The Article: SPIEGEL Interview with Mikhail Gorbachev in Der Spiegel.
The Text: In a Spiegel interview, Mikhail Gorbachev, 80, discusses the last days of the Soviet Union, his failure to resolve problems with the Communist Party and the ensuing bloodshed he says still troubles him today. He also accuses Vladimir Putin of pulling the country “back into the past.”
SPIEGEL: Mikhail Sergeyevich, you turned 80 this spring. How do you feel?
Gorbachev: Oh, what a question. Do you have to ask me that? I’ve gone through three operations in the last five years. That was pretty tough on me, because they were all major operations: First on my carotid artery, then on my prostate and this year on my spine.
SPIEGEL: In Munich.
Gorbachev: Yes. It was a risky procedure. I’m grateful to the Germans.
SPIEGEL: But you look good. We saw you before the operation.