A Brief Analysis Of Existential Ennui In Notorious B.I.G.’s “Party and Bullsh*t”

“Party and Bullshit” by Notorious B.I.G. contains a question of subtext. Primarily, the track is touted as being an appropriate song to play at parties because it’s catchy and features a highly aggressive, nervous energy throughout. However, it seems as though this is a song less about the enjoyment of partying, but rather, the empty monotony of it. Even the chorus sounds monotone and dead. This is a track seems more about the emptiness of a party lifestyle in which nothing is ever truly accomplished; this can be observed as an absurdist paradigm. The consistent repetition of the lifestyle leaves the narrator feeling empty and seeking an alternative, which cannot be found within the world that he’s caught. So this empty cycle is repeated ad infinitum, culminating in aggression amongst the participants (“Chill man! Chill!”) due in all likelihood to the entrapment within a tiny microcosm of empty indulgence. The party is the bullshit. The “bullshit” is a flippant regard for any sort of substance, because substance isn’t something experienced within the realm that the narrator resides; it’s one empty plateau to the next with little solace between each. The party and bullshit never stops; at the end it even fades out – we can hear its continuation until it fades into oblivion. TC mark

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  • http://www.facebook.com/djfrozone Brian Frozone Smith

    damn 

    • Kieran

      High life, low life…. I always saw this song as a better way of describing an endless party, cus well when you smoke blunts and drink everyday its not really a party. its just a fade out.

  • Paul

    I guess thought catalog doesn’t have editors? “Contains a question of subtext” (the TEXT in this case apparently being the CONtext in which the author has heard the song), “absurdist paradigm”? Blech. You’re missing a “that” in there somewhere too.

    Your analysis is so trite I wonder if you even bothered to read the lyrics. Where did you get the idea that biggie is even looking for an alternative? He’d like people to get along sure, but only so that he can focus better on getting his dick sucked. You’re right about the empty monotony of the chorus and wrong about absolutely everything else.

    • Biggie

      “Yo chill man! Chill!”

    • ginN'juice

      You’re probably more of a Puffy Combs. 

    • Ffgsxrf

      agree one hundred percent. her 50cent words are a fail.

  • Greg

    cool way to interpret this song, as a huge biggie fan I really enjoyed reading this

  • Greg

    cool way to interpret this song, as a huge biggie fan I really enjoyed reading this

  • Paul

    Also, the phrase is “flippant DISregard”.

  • Chase V

    huge biggie fan, interesting interpretation, well done

  • shh

    puff killed big thats word to god

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/2df4ccp

  • jack

    i”m drunk

  • http://twitter.com/sciarrillo ross sciarrillo

    From her twitter:

    “had a chat with a friend over lunch over ontological possibilities, i
    said that the internet could be viewed as a truer version of the self

    because the self is allowed to be perfected and without flaws is a more
    pure form, friend argued that flaws make people, but i am not

    seems like if flaws made people people are inherently imperfect, if we can correct these imperfections it is an evolutionutilizing rationality we can see that the self in a more pure form would naturally be a more true version of an intended concept”

    give me a break.

    • Pad Berson

      yeah but she is also cute, canadian, and just threw down a biggie smalls post
      i’m willing to forgive

      • Paul

        If she has any sense she’ll take this response as being the most insulting.

    • idk

       i can just imagine you clicking the author name, going to her twitter, reading through this stranger’s twitter looking for something to hate, highlighting and copy/pasting it here, re-reading your own comment, adding your snarky remark and then feeling smug and accomplished. occasionally checking your own comment to see if anyone has ‘liked’ or replied to it.
      pervert.

  • Alisalei

    i think he just legitimately wants to party and bullshit

  • Anonymous

    tinyurl.com/24n4nqb

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=707272007 Alex Thayer

    dead wrong is the superior song

  • lilcrits

    yo this biggie smalls shit was trill i see what u doin there tho it true but biggie was fat n smart so its half right half satire part overspecialization 100% lmao <3 u got it girl u doin it big

  • Glass Popcorn

    No

  • Glass Popcorn

    im just playin girl, u know im just playin, i lov this, gr8 job

  • HipHopHistorian

    You should listen to “When the Revolution Comes” by The Last Poets, which is where the chorus of “party and bullshit” is sampled from. Superior song by superior artists, and that is from a fan of the Notorious One.

  • HipHopHistorian

    You should listen to “When the Revolution Comes” by The Last Poets, which is where the chorus of “party and bullshit” is sampled from. Superior song by superior artists, and that is from a fan of the Notorious One.

  • the Anti-Paul

    yikes, Paul is kind of an ass.

    • Paul

      yikes, this site kinda blows

  • the Anti-Paul

    Yikes, late imitation.

  • Paul

    Don’t worry, Ms. McGee. In all seriousness I love your work.

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