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Vic Spencer Dissertation

Japanese Language and Literature


Japanese Language and Literature publishes contributions in the areas of Japanese literary studies, Japanese linguistics, and Japanese language and literature pedagogy, as well as articles from other disciplines that help interpret or define the problems of Japanese literary history, literary or linguistic study, or classroom practice. Occasionally, an issue contains several articles on a single topic and is designated a "special issue."

Coverage: 2001-2016 (Vol. 35, No. 1 - Vol. 50, No. 2)

Moving Wall: 1 year (What is the moving wall?)

The "moving wall" represents the time period between the last issue available in JSTOR and the most recently published issue of a journal. Moving walls are generally represented in years. In rare instances, a publisher has elected to have a "zero" moving wall, so their current issues are available in JSTOR shortly after publication.
Note: In calculating the moving wall, the current year is not counted.
For example, if the current year is 2008 and a journal has a 5 year moving wall, articles from the year 2002 are available.

Terms Related to the Moving Wall
Fixed walls: Journals with no new volumes being added to the archive.
Absorbed: Journals that are combined with another title.
Complete: Journals that are no longer published or that have been combined with another title.

ISSN: 15367827

EISSN: 23264586

Subjects: Language & Literature, Asian Studies, Education, Social Sciences, Area Studies, Humanities

Collections: Arts & Sciences III Collection, Asia Collection, JSTOR Essential Collection, Language & Literature Collection

Hip-Hop / Music Vic Spencer calls himself ‘the worst rapper from Chicago’ while proving otherwise

PostedByLeor Galil on 10.26.16 at 12:00 PM

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Vic Spencer opens his new single, "Love for Vic," with the lines "Vic Spencer the worst rapper from Chicago / They want me out the city, as far as the Chi go." If you follow Spencer on Twitter, you may have noticed his proclivity for, um, starting shit—and the trash talk that often comes back at him as a result. Sometimes he ends up kicking off a good-natured, playful back-and-forth, like when he provoked Lupe Fiasco into a sort of freestyle battle on Twitter early last year—that is, insofar as anyone can freestyle on a platform that allows users to self-edit before dropping the hammer. At other times, though, Spencer's tweets result in something less friendly, as was the case when he started an argument with rapper Mick Jenkins last fall—both MCs recorded dis tracks, but thankfully the heat appeared to die down after that.

So when Spencer raps that he's the "worst rapper from Chicago," it's not so much exaggerated self-deprecation as it is an attempt to get out in front of the criticism he's received for his volatile persona.

If you ask me, Spencer is a very good rapper, and one of the reasons why is his ability to condense a big, complex story into a couple lines, which he delivers with such a subtle touch that their meaning and emotional color can seem to change from one listen to the next. On "Love for Vic," from the forthcoming album St. Gregory, he comes out swinging, but he really shines when he backs off on the boastfulness and invites listeners to learn more about him: "So many times I couldn't hide the pain / But you hear it in my voice every time I rap again." After a while, it doesn't matter how many inventive ways a rapper can come up with to say he's great—sooner or later he's got to show, not tell.

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