Why I Don’t Like Magic’s Song “Rude”

A new offering to the library of island beats known as reggae music comes from a band with punctuation in it’s name but it’s not Fun., they’re called Magic!. It’s just awkward guys. How are people supposed to do this when periods and exclamation points are already included? It’s weird, OK, Magic!? Understand how this sentence is hard to finish Fun.? Magic with a ! hails from the land of tropical breezes and umbrella drinks… Canada. Great reggae up there, eh, mon?

My love for reggae music is stronger than the gravity of a thousand spinning earths so if you’ve been driving around Nashville the last few days, you may have seen me bobbing my head to the new Magic with a ! song “Rude.” Not ashamed! That is, until I listened to the lyrics. My distaste was punctuated by a furrowed brow and a tilted head Olan Mills would’ve been proud of.

The song celebrates disrespect and I can’t get on board with that.

The story goes like this: a guy comes along to ask for a father’s permission to marry his daughter. The father, for reasons unknown, says no. Now my inclination is that he sees something that raises concerns for his daughter’s future. Maybe this guy doesn’t have a job. Maybe it’s a character flaw or just bad timing. We don’t know. But after the father declines, the jerkwad says he’s going to marry her anyway. Why did the entitled jackwagon ask in the first place? After being blown off, I bet the father said, “You just proved my point, son.”

But maybe in more colorfully-punctuated words.

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

One thought on “Why I Don’t Like Magic’s Song “Rude”

  1. I love reggae! I just finished modifying my ’62 Voice of Music record changer today and the playlist is side A of Peter Tosh – Equal Rights, King Bob – Catch a Fire, them some Wailers – Burnin’ and finishing it off with State Radio – Let it Go (too punk but a few good grooves).

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