Macho Man Randy Savage
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Macho Man Randy Savage's excursion into the hip-hop arena represents a pivotal moment for American culture and civilization. In creating his recording, "Be A Man", Savage throws out all conventional ways and approaches to artistic expression and replaces them with new structures and processes of analyzing the age-old problems brought about by human conflict, identity and belonging.Read More...
Savage manages to do this by utilizing a multi-disciplinary, consilient approach (which E.O. Wilson would be proud of) by synthesizing elements of American popular culture such as wrestling and hip hop. In Sartre's existentialist tradition, Macho utilizes the elements available in his times and environment to validate and give meaning to what had become a meager existence, while at the same time elevating & liberating the rest of humanity to another level of meaningful existence.
Examples of this new paradigm of human expression abound in this oeuvre. From the CD cover photo, which shows Mr. Macho manipulating the chains which symbolize the possibility of humanity's ability to break away from the chains of oppression that enslave us all and prevent us from leading a truly meaningful existence, to his aptly named title track, "Be A Man" which utilizes his rivalry with Hulk Hogan as a metaphor for the conflict between a superficial and unfulfilling material existence and a meaningful and rich human spiritual existence. This truly is a paradigmatic change that T. Kuhn would find exemplary.
This is a seminal must for any one's artistic recordings collection, for it is destined to be a classic and the topic of scholarly and intellectual discussions for quite some time.
Five stars is not enough to show the importance of this recording. Perhaps all the stars in the Ursa Major constellation would be more fitting.