A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013)

by (@unclegrambo)

WHEN: July 2013

The midpoint of Jay Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail is a track called “Somewhereinamerica,” a song that doesn’t have much substance but does have one of the most memorable one-liners of the year: “Feds still lurkin’, I’m still puttin’ work in / Somewhereinamerica, Miley Cyrus is still twerkin’.” Miley didn’t seem too fazed by the hypercritical slam, which uses humor to code its subtext: Namely, that White America is constantly misappropriating elements of black culture in a way that is both corny and bordering on disrepect.

Well, considering we’ve come to the end of this piece, it only makes sense that we leave you with this…


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