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A Rap Song Rhapsodizes over 'The Economist'

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Two high school kids have created a minor Web sensation with their rap about their favorite international business magazine: The Economist. Lyricist Ike Edgerton, 17, talks about the song.


GUY RAZ, Host:

Emmott and the crew at The Economist might not kick it old school, but check out this Economist reader's hip-hop homage.


IKE EDGERTON: (Rapping) He reads Economist so he can get the gist. (Unintelligible) gives him confidence that his intelligence is correct.

RAZ: That's the voice of 17-year-old Ike Edgerton. He's a high-school junior in Chicago, and he likes The Economist magazine so much that he created this rap. Ike Edgerton joins me now. So Ike, are you like a scary Economist groupie or something?

EDGERTON: No, not at all, actually.

RAZ: So what made you decide to write this rap?

EDGERTON: I would say their clever and witty article titles. For example, they did an article about black flight from Compton, and they titled it "Straight Out of Compton," and I said to myself, I just have to give them props for this. This is so wonderful of them.

RAZ: What is it about The Economist that inspired you to write this rap?

EDGERTON: I would say it's their efficient news from around the world that I don't - it doesn't take too long for me to read.

RAZ: And that was it?


RAZ: You just like reading The Economist.

EDGERTON: I absolutely do.

RAZ: So it's kind of like your muse?

EDGERTON: Yeah. I found that after like a year of subscribing to The Economist, I found that a bunch of my songs had been taken, like their subjects had been inspired by The Economist completely, like the song about the rise of China.

RAZ: And actually in The Economist song, you do see about the supplements in The Economist, those sort of thick, 18- to 20-page special reports they do on things like the rise of China. How does the lyric go?

EDGERTON: They've got in-depth reports on more than exports like who likes what kind, kinds of sports and presidential hopefuls, quotes and retorts on top of information about Russian cohorts.

RAZ: So we've actually asked you to write a rap for us. We're going to play the beat.


EDGERTON: (Rapping) NPR reporters take calm and collected, even if the world was being zombie-infected. When they slip up, it gets quickly corrected like, hmm, rather I mean, well-respected...

RAZ: The rapper is 17-year-old Ike Edgerton. He's a high-school junior from Chicago, and he's rapping over the beats produced by his collaborator, Chris Misa. The two perform as Psikotic, and they're the talents behind The Economist rap, now the NPR rap.

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