Luv(sic)

Nujabes was a producer known for his atmospheric instrumentals with samples from hip hop and jazz. Nujabes would frequently collaborate with artist Shing02 for much of his work, including the Luv(Sic) hexalogy. The entire project is a strong example of poetry in music, but I will be focusing on part 1 of the series.

The hook of “Luv(sic)” is a typical example of how music is poetry,

Cause the beat plus the melody
Makes me speak of L.O.V.E eloquently so evidently

Here, Shing02 is directly saying that through music, he is able to convey his feelings and thoughts in a fluent (eloquent) manner. Poetry, in essence, is an expression of how one feels and thinks. Keeping this in mind, it is irrefutable evidence that poetry and music are closely related. Shing02 also mentions how music has provided him with an outlet to speak his mind,

God bless this opportunity for me to find a voice
For some words that have waited for way too long

This is clearly expressing that music is a way for people to have a voice and speak their mind which is, to all intents and purposes, what poetry is as well. Shing02 is also closely tied with poetry. When speaking about the project, he recounted,

It was a departure from my usual style, but a return to poetry I had written back in high school. In essence, rap is a form of creative writing and storytelling at its best. I was building a character that spoke in idioms and riddles, but also a narrative you can relate to by reading ‘between the rhymes.’

The entirety of the lyrics for “Luv(sic)” were derived from poetry, therefore the song cannot be anything other than poetry. Poetry comes in many forms and music is no exception.

Consent in Escape from Spiderhead

In Escape from Spiderhead, the administrators ask the subjects for consent before administering the mind altering drugs. Subjects will say “acknowledge” in response to being asked “drip on” by the administrator. This makes sense as the drugs can influence how one thinks and acts. However, when the subject refuses to give consent, the administrators are willing to forcibly make the subject agree to take the drugs. This is revealed near the end of the story. “…what’s the name of that one? The one where I give him an order and he obeys it?…What good’s an obedience drug if we need his permission to use it?” (75). If Abnesti is willing to bypass the requirement of consent, it’s almost pointless to ask in the first place. As Jeff continues to refuse to consent, Abnesti and Verlaine go through the procedure to obtain the waiver that allows them to give Jeff the obedience drug, Docilryde. During this time Jeff kills himself, but had he still been alive when they returned, they would have given him the Docilryde and continued the experiment without having gotten legitimate consent.

Another time consent is more or less forced is when Jeff meets Heather and Rachel. Considering they were put under the influence of ED556 which lowers shame level to the point where it’s almost non-existent and presumably also lowers inhibitions, consent was not legitimately obtained before they had sex. This is further evident by the fact that they both saw each other as “average” or “normal” before being drugged. Also judging by how determined Abnesti and Verlaine are to complete the experiments, it is clear that consent is not really their top priority.