I’M A POSER: A Rebuttal to “Punk Is Not a Vehicle for Suburban Nostalgia”

This piece is a rebuttal to Brandi Lawson’s CLASH essay “Punk Is Not A Vehicle For Suburban Nostalgia”, which was a response to Charles Ray Hastings Jr.’s CLASH essay, “HIP HOP IS REALITY AND ART, PUNK ROCK IS A VEHICLE FOR SUBURBAN NOSTALGIA.”

Brandi really opened my eyes to a lot with her poignant, sometimes aloof, but relentlessly gracious piece of writing. In response, I wrote this self-diss track to out myself on all of my posing ways. I am not, in fact, a human. Lyrics to the self-diss track are below:

I’m a poser. I pose as a human being.

I’m a poser. I’m an alien queen.

I’m a poser. I created Tumblr for micro-aggression.

I’m a poser. I write an essay about me.

punk will always be behind the times.

punk will still be drunk at best.

I wrote this song to sing about it.

I’m a punk at it’s last caress. That’s a misfits reference, I guess.

I’m a poser. Will my friends find out?

I’m a poser. Am I gay, liberal, or ugly?

I’m a poser. My experiences don’t empower me.

I’m a poser for my involvement in the scene.

punk will always be behind the times.

punk will still be drunk at best.

I wrote this song to sing about it.

I’m a punk at it’s last caress. That’s a misfits reference, I guess.


I’m sorry for posing.
I’m a poser. I pose as a human being.

Listen to “I’m A Poser” by Charles Ray Hastings Jr. below:


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About Charles Ray Hastings Jr.

Charles Ray Hastings Jr. is a musician, producer, and writer based in Huntsville, Alabama. The twenty-nine year old Alabama native has written, recorded, and produced over twenty-five solo and band albums and has had essays and short stories published through webzines, small press, and magazines like Before Sunrise Press, Two Dollar Radio, Flaneur, and That Lit Site.

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