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All I want is for my life to be musically scored by Morricone and maybe to get laid once in awhile. Is that so much to ask?
Prompted by this article, I was reminded about how after the Civil War, some Black folklore told of big bad Black men who had no fear of the law. These folktales evolved into songs, blaxploitation films and eventually rap. One of the most famous “bad man” songs is Staggolee, which is one of the best songs on the Death Proof soundtrack and reading about which is where I learned about this tradition in the first place. The most famous of these songs was probably “Bad Bad Leroy Brown” by Jim Croce. Jim Croce also sang “I’ve Got a Name”, which has been singled out in tons of reviews as being one of the musical highlights of Django Unchained. You can critique Quentin Tarantino on many things but I believe he has a sincere respect for the culture he created this movie as a pastiche of. That doesn’t absolve him of criticism for appropriation but I think it’s worth noting.