November 10, 2005

A.O. on 50

Cinecultist didn't realize New York Times film critic, A.O. Scott was a hip hop fan. Having seen the mild mannered yet polarizing writer around at screenings, we'd never have guessed he could weigh in on say, the stylings of 50 Cent versus Kanye West, as he does in his review of Get Rich or Die Tryin':

As a rapper, 50 Cent has been an overachiever, selling boatloads of records in spite of his pedestrian skills. Lacking the verbal wit of a Jay-Z, the storytelling ability of a Biggie Smalls or the engaging personality of a Kanye West, he has gotten over through doggedness and a certain truculent charisma.

Should we start calling Tony 60 Cent for his use of such a great 10 cent word like "truculent" when describing Fitty?

* By the way, from Merriam Webster. tru·cu·lent. Etymology: Latin truculentus, from truc-, trux savage; perhaps akin to Middle Irish trú doomed person 1 : feeling or displaying ferocity : CRUEL, SAVAGE 2 : DEADLY, DESTRUCTIVE 3 : scathingly harsh : VITRIOLIC 4 : aggressively self-assertive : BELLIGERENT - tru·cu·lent·ly adverb

Posted by karen at November 10, 2005 2:04 PM