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Published on Sep 28, 2011
"The economy" threatens to annihilate our stock-piles of imaginary, inflated wealth, spawning a battle of epic proportions as insurgent grassroots forces move in to #OccupywallStreet and coalitions of indignados hold their ground in Athens, Madrid and Tel Aviv; facing up to the riotgear, batons and tazers that stand between them and a more equal redistribution of the proverbial pie. ...But enough action and excitement! It's time for some heroic armchair philosophy: Join your affable host, Robert Foster as he attempts to shine some light on this mysterious creature, "the economy". Is this the failure of capitalism that we are witnessing, or its triumph? Is it the end of the end of history, or yet another crazy chapter in the whimsical journey of the human experiment?
Postscript: For the occasion, we've pulled out the big guns: admittedly it was a tough choice deciding who to interview: we could've had Alan Greenspan on the show, or the Emperor himself, Milton Friedman; the first lady, Christine Lagarde; or financial buffs like Gerald Celente, Peter Schiff and Donald Trump. But to get the freshest juice we knew we had to go further - much further. Rap News 9 features two VIP Internet grandees who have uploaded gigabytes of juice via the one remaining free frequency to feed a discerning and ravenous audience, thirsty for answers. Whilst these two fine folk agree with each other on many things, fortunately, there's no shortage of issues to rap-battle about. Well, time's short - so let the rhyme-rodeo begin as we blast off on a rollercoaster odyssey. It's the stupid Economy, in all its gory glory.
Juice Rap News: written by Giordano Nanni; lyrics and performance by Hugo Farrant. Created by Farrant & Nanni in a back-yard studio in suburban Melbourne.
** CREDITS: RN9 has been a herculean collaborative endeavour, for which we are hugely grateful to: Our ineffably awesome designer, Zoe Tame from http://visualtonic.com.au for creating all the original artwork, backgrounds and vectors; Rosie Dunlop for make-up expertise and latex lunacy; Zoe (VAL) and Ellen (Goldie) for yet more lingerie escapades; Lucy for VAL voice-over and Ming for big-gonad Trailer-Man voice; Dave Abbot for cutting-edge state-of-the art CGI effects, animations and exteme doses of patience; Trav and Nick for lights and logistical assistance; Milly Langworth and Gilles Gundermann for prop sourcing; Jason for not wigging out over the wigs; Lucy & Caitlin for ongoing support; Shawn Smith for help with online research; and to all the people who write to us harassing us about when the next episode is coming out :)
** BEAT: It's been a Frankensteinian effort on the part of our local musical luminaries for the production on this episode's original track: Dan West out at Tweak and Twang studios (http://tweakandtwang.org) for phat drum sequencing; Jonathan Dreyfus & Adrian Sergovich for wicked orchestrations; Julez & DanWest for Zeitgeist instrumentation (based on the original Zeitgesit theme by Mr. Peter Joseph!). mp3: http://www.reverbnation.com/rapnews
** TRANSLATIONS: * thanks to our French friends, Koolfy and Siltaar, for sync'ing English closed captions. * Thanks to Jonas M for Dutch translation * Thanks to Midas for Greek translation * Thanks to Ranolfi for Portuguese translation * Thanks to Mihai Dan for Romanian translation * Thanks to Lex Kravetski for Russian translation * Thanks to Ismael & The Three Arts for Spanish translation * Thanks to "Someone" for Serbian translation * Thanks to Jeyes for German translation * Thanks to Siltaar for French translation * Thanks to Marjan Rizov for Macedonian Translation. * Thanks to Albert Lin for Traditional Chinese translation