Deep question about Public Enemy, from 7-year-old girl

Scott Matthews shared a photograph with me, and I'm sharing it with all of you, with his permission. His daughter Sasha handed him this note yesterday. Sasha is a pretty special girl, in no small part because she's already been on Boing Boing once before. What, indeed, does it really mean?

(thanks, Scott + Amy + Sasha)


  1. In the early days of Hip Hop, when an artist of interested played any particular venue, certain people of his “fandom” would show up ticket-less. They would gather at the front gate and en masse rush the doors just before show time. Some would get through, some not. This became known as “bum rushing the show”.

  2. “Night of the Living Baseheads” is also a useful tool to teach your kids the difference between dope and dope.

    Here it is….BAM!

  3. It does not mean, as my older brother once told me, that “you get a bunch of hobos to go to a concert with you”. My brother was lying to me.

  4. In reference to Public Enemy’s “Yo! Bum Rush the Show”, this means: Honey this is when music changed in a profound way.

    1. Within Funkadelic but more awkwardly – Mommy, what does

      “If you will suck my soul,
      I will lick your funky emotions”


    1. In America, sex is a dirty, filthy thing done by animals, gays, and unmarried people, but pistols are a glorious thing that kill people for freedom.

  5. Sometimes when a man and woman love their community very much, they get together and they fight the power. They fight the powers that be…

    1. And now, in 2012, it is perfectly acceptable if a man and man or a woman and woman who love their community very much to get together and FIGHT THE POWER!

  6. If she’s working on bum rush, does that mean that she’s already mastered dine and dash?

  7. Actually, as far as I understand, and I grew up a minority male, in the hood and I am now over 40, mind you; a bum rush is a pugilistic term. It’s when you and your partners jump somebody and beat they ass. In other words, “they bum rushed Ricky” means: “that collection of lowlives just jumped Ricky and beat him up.” So when Public Enemy, in particular, Flavor Flav, declares that they are going to bum rush the show, it means the crew is about to collectively jump the audience and beat it down … with rap.

    1. That is a pretty good link, although it almost unforgivably cites Fresh Prince’s Wild Wild West instead of Kool Moe Dee’s. That writer needs to start reading those comics and get it right.

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