notorious magazine

March 9, 2016

What Could Have Been…

A thought that often plays through our minds at CARTER™ Magazine is,“What Could Have Been if the GREATEST MC in the history of Hip-Hop was alive today.“ It goes beyond BROOKLYN, although we pride ourselves in delivering the most influential MCs in the culture TO DATE.
Christopher Wallace, was two albums ahead of his time. His legacy lives through the hearts of hip-hop lovers around the globe, who yearn to learn about the culture that brought us together. That pride is celebrated everyday on CARTER™ Magazine’s site, fostering a lost found love for one another.

In honor of Christopher Wallace we celebrate his LIFE, as if he was here today and we had the privilege of interviewing him about his family, career and concern for the next generation of hip-hop.What would he say?, we leave that up to your imagination, as we present a two cover “what if ” tribute to The Notorious B.I.G..

These photo’s were taken by two AMAZING photographers Jack Chuck & Dana Lixenberg, for VIBE Magazine. By all means we’re not taking your idea, but like B.I.G. said in Dreams “I’m just playin’, but I’m sayin.’

- CARTER Magazine

listen 5sos have done HUNDREDS of interviews, and the Rolling Stone - a magazine notorious for creating hype against bands and exaggerating situations - is the first to catch this persona? no way. if the guys truly acted this unhappy, objectifying, and sex crazed, it would’ve shown in the past 4 years. take it all with a grain of salt, listen to Invisible & Jet Black Heart, and understand that these are the same four boys you loved before you read a confusing, poorly written article in a shitty magazine.

Why “being Charlie” isn’t as heroic and revolutionary as you think

A strip from notorious satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo has spurred much controversy today in Italy.

It reads “Italian earthquake [as if it was a dish] / Penne with tomato sauce [”penne” is a type of pasta] / Penne au gratin / Lasagna” .

For those of you don’t know, roughly a week ago there was an earthquake in central Italy which almost completely leveled a whole city, Amatrice, to the ground. There’s an approximate estimate of 300 victims which is expected to increase. People are still stuck under the rubble as I type this.

Now, we know that Charlie Hebdo has notoriously always used questionable imagery in order to do satire. It also infamously suffered a terrorist attack, which we all fiercely despise because it’s not a democratic way of dealing with people’s ideas and opinions. Doing satire is perfectly okay - if we couldn’t, we could hardly call the system we live in a democracy. Freedom of thought, expression and speech (all of which include satire) are a value to be treasured.

This pile of shit right here, however, couldn’t even remotely hope to ever come close to what satire actually is. (and if you insist on defending it as such, so be it - it makes little difference as to what I’m going to say)

This IS NOT satire. This is simple and blatant disrespect towards the victims of a natural disaster.

Satire is not necessarily light-hearted and black humour does exist, you know?
I do. And I do know that satire is meant to be constructive, to raise important questions pertaining to politics and society, to provide food for thought. It is often achieved through the ridiculing of important figures who hold relevant positions.

What exactly do we have here? Are these people politicians whose bad decisions and lack of skills are being frowned upon? Are they corporation CEOs whose mistakes will fall solely on the workers’ shoulders?

What is being conveyed precisely? Should this inspire me to investigate further on the matter? Does it offer a new perspective? Am I being told something I would previously never conceive?

The answer to all these questions is: none of this is satire. These are common, everyday people. People who lost their families, their homes and their city in the dead of night and in the blink of an eye.

You know how CH is, what are you even acting outraged for?
This is a gratuitous mockery of DEAD PEOPLE whose only fault was not being somewhere else. I mean, blood like tomato sauce? A lasagna of corpses? What kind of edgy, faux-provocative, “satirical” message are you trying to send? People didn’t die so that you could twist their deaths to suit your own grotesque tastes for shocking, bizzarre imagery. It’s in bad taste, plain and simple.

Now, people are arguing that the strip was meant to draw attention to the issue of corruption and poor building measures. What I say to that is, bullshit.
That’s reading too deep into it. That’s giving it a nobler and undeserved meaning. It’s true that I can’t prove that this wasn’t the artist’s intention, but since fucking when have CH’s works had such ample room for interpretation? I don’t know, I’d say their strips have actually always been very easy to understand.
And even with the very best of intentions (which CH has never quite had, whether you like it or not), and even if what they did want to express was indeed that yes, the Italian government has been lacking in the anti-seismic structural engineering department and that widespread corruption and organized crime are what’s holding the country back, I can safely say that:

  • this strip is missing its point of doing satire because the object of ridicule are not the people who could have prevented this (engineers and politicians), but the victims. It belittles people who died because of a natural disaster.
  • this strip is useless because nobody can benefit from it. As if Italian people needed to see this. As if they needed somebody to remind them that their government is flawed and corrupt. I whole-heartedly encourage you to imagine what exactly you’d expect to hear from the people who lost their families upon showing them this strip. By the way, the mayor of Amatrice has already expressed his utter indignation.
  • this strip is ignorance at its finest because MMM ITALIA PASTA BUONA MAMMA MIA. Of course! What else could you possibly have to say about Italian people? I dare not imagine what unprecedented effort it must have taken to rely on shabby stereotypes.

Want to know what happened next? CH released a second strip a few hours later, as an explanation of the previous one.

“Italians… it’s not Charlie Hebdo that built your homes, it’s the mafia!”

So, if the situation wasn’t messed up enough as it is, it only got worse.

Again, who’s talking here is another victim of the earthquake. It’s not, you know, the actual artist or his persona. Nobody who clearly expresses the point of view of Charlie Hebdo. Nope! Just another silly Italian who, for all we know, is going to later wash the dust off his clothes with some fine Frascati wine. Because that’s what they do when an earthquake strikes, right? Right?

Also, being driven to a corner to this point - and that’s ESPECIALLY true for a very proud and fearless magazine such as CH - makes it clear as day that they’re simply trying to retroactively reassess their position. The mafia being involved or not, it’s all the same to them.

TL;DR Drawing a lasagna of corpses isn’t a good way to say anything other than “I am a horrible person and a mediocre artist at best”.