76) Armond White Music Review of Willie D’s “Rodney K” song -1992-
“The beauty of plain talk and the efficacy of proface language make ‘Rodney K‘ a major event in
contemporary social discourse. It’s also a funny, exciting record–just about the only thing worth one’s attention at this cacophonous moment in African-American intellectual history…Willie D’s vulgar record ‘Rodney K’ counters the most acclaimed voice of polite Black diplomacy–specifically, Rodney King’s public statement in the middle of last spring’s Los Angeles uprising. ‘Can we all get along? Dazed, pitiful, and uncertain, Rodney King made a maudlin display of Black futility. And Willie D slams him for it. The most shocking thing about this record is that even if you question Willie D’s rage, you can’t help but understand it…Willie D’s charged-up impudence finds a home — finds unassailable logic in the dropped consonants, dialect tones, and cussed bons mots of Black vernacular. But ‘Rodney K’ celebrates more than a voice; it revels in the expression, the psychological sense of place, that defines the common Black American condition. And with this burden, carried lightly on the tongue, Willie D commands the serious attention and the ethnic legitimacy that desperately…”
To read more of Armond White’s take on Willie D’s “Rodney K” song, purchase a new or used copy of The Resistance: Ten Years of Pop Culture That Shook The World.