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pero no pueden salir

March 6, 2012


New York's always been a big advertising target for Roach Motel.  On the subway they used to run them in every car: Roaches Check In...But They Don't Check Out. In Spanish it always seemed extra ominous to me: Las Cucarachas Entran...Pero No Pueden Salir. (That's probably the only complete sentence in Spanish I know that doesn't start 'Tu madre'.)

And what is a subway car but a moving roach motel.  What is New York but a big stack of roach motels.  "All American cockroaches were immigrants," notes Roach Facts.  According to the Observer in 2008, New York's roach population has fallen as a side effect of gentrification.  Four years further into the recession, I bet that's not true anymore.

I don't need to draw you a map.  Dehumanization is always the first step in exterminating people.  And reclaiming epithets is what hip-hop has always done best.

Cockroach Omen - Red Ants / Everyday In the Street (Dukes Go Up's Can You Dig It Remix) - El Da Sensei (feat. Bekay & Sean Price) / Ruger - elhuana (feat. Bloody Monk Consortium) / CockRoach People Remix - Dig Dug (feat. Skrilla G) / Hard Times - J. Period (feat. dead prez & The Roots) / L.I.F.E. - Joell Ortiz / Same White Bitch (Got You Strung Out On Cane) - Schoolly D / Cockroaches - Necro / Ode to the Ghetto (Dr. Quandary Remix) - Guilty Simpson / Black Soap (Beatnikz Remix) - C-Rayz Walz (feat. M1) / Day of the Jackal - Sadat X / The Gold Watch - Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire / women revolution tennis shoes - Skipp Coon & Mr. Nick / Collage - Ka / Imani (Willie Green Remix) - Vordul Mega (feat. Billy Woods) / Right Back At You - Mobb Deep (feat. Ghostface Killah & Raekwon) / Momentum - Priviledge & Dr. Monokrome / Thank God - Danny Brown