“Turn Down for What” by DJ Snake featuring Lil Jon

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Sitting on the 4 train rushing underground like water from a toilet flush. Turn Down For What? this demonstrable party anthem that just might hate itself for existing and yet begs me God don’t pull the plug on this gully chart-topping chokehold, hood spectacular, living room talent show turned street corner tumbleweed.  Lil Jon’s voice shoveled onto the grave of a DJ Snake beat, baseline stank/rebellious as an orchard of cannibals in a boy’s locker room after the big win! The bells croak-croak like Ebenezer Scrooge and the ghost of Christmas past. How my head slacks back as my shoulders earthquake and roll deep into a landslide. In the year Obama says the “n” word every President has used behind closed doors, Lady Liberty’s torch is always up like cheers to all this ratchet gospel. Fire up that loud.  Another round of shots.

-Rico Frederick

RICO-BIO PICRico Frederick is a writer/graphic designer, the author of the book Broken Calypsonian (Penmanship Books, 2014), and the first poet to represent all four New York City poetry venues (Nuyorican, Urbana, LouderArts, and Intangible) at the National Poetry Slam (2010 and 2012 Grand Slam Champion). His poems, artistic work, and films have been featured in the New York Times, Muzzle, No Dear, The Big Apple Film Festival, and elsewhere. Rico is a Trinidadian transplant, loves gummy bears, and lives in Harlem.

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