by Chris Randle
The academic journal Social Text just published a revised version of my 2010 Pop Conference paper, “Curtis Jackson and the Jeweled Skull.” It’s about 50 Cent’s last shoot-em-up, the history of music video games, war, money, and rap right now. I’m proud of it: this essay is the longest thing I’ve ever written that wasn’t intended for a professor, and the journal’s multiple peer reviewers put it through a critique boot camp. The editing helped. Sometimes you need to grind before leveling up.