Editor’s note: This article was originally published December 1, 2013
Well, here we are, Cyber Monday, the least productive work day of the year under any circumstances and this year we’re staring down less than a month til Christmas and deep discounts are splayed out all over the Internet. Hard to focus? We get it, and thus we’ve programmed This Week’s Playlist: Crass Commercialism, an ode to the shallow side of the holiday season.
We set out to make a playlist about shopping, but as we started to put together it evolved into a playlist that grapples with materialism while simultaneously glorifying it. Yes, we’ve got fluffy tracks about diamonds, jewels and big spenders from the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Madonna and Nicki Minaj. We’ve also got their male counterparts about benjamins and gold diggers from Diddy and ‘Ye. We pour out a little pocket change for Biggie’s money problems and celebrate hustlers with M.I.A. and Bun B.
We threw in a few takes on the perils of consumer culture from the likes of Lorde and Lupe Fiasco, and wrestled with being broke with Dolly Parton and Eric B. and Rakim. We also dropped the Coup’s ode to shady street markets, "I Love Boosters" because, really nothing says get your greed on like a terrorist fist bump from Boots Riley.
For the most part, however, we kept it light-hearted, because we didn’t want to stray from the aim of creating a fantastic Cyber Monday shopping soundtrack. This Week’s Playlist: Crass Commercialism is not here to judge. It’s here to help you get out there and spend that virtual cash. Now go chase down that deal, folks.