October 25, 2011 in Film Review
The rapper Jay-Z collaborated with Coldplay on a remix of their song “Lost”. In the song, the lyrics speak of the inevitable backlash of success, especially in the public eye. In this remix, a full verse is devoted to the gifted hip-hop artist who says:
With the same sword they knight you / they gon’ good night you with
[...] That’s only half what they might do
[...] See success and its outcome
See Jesus, see Judas
See Caesar, see Brutus
See success is like suicide
Suicide, it’s a suicide
If you succeed, prepare to be crucified
There’s a sting that comes with those lyrics, not simply because of the name-dropping, but because there is a sliver of fear attached with them. The grand stories of history are littered with the rise-and-falls of tycoons and moguls, and I think most of us, when pressed, would admit to having similar fears about our own aspirations. There’s something upsetting about the possibility of losing all the things for which we have worked so hard.
Especially if it was for a noble cause.
And especially if we’re the ones to blame.