Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Transmigration of Kriss Kross

Since its release in 1992, Kriss Kross' "I Missed the Bus" has become yet another piece of faintly remembered early nineties nostalgia.  But what if the song's music video is more than that?  What if it is, in fact, a realization of the meta narrative of humanity's attempts to transcend the illusion of linear time and realize the true 4-D quantum nature of reality?

From the aboriginal Australian dream time that overlies the linear movement of reality to interpretation of Jesus Christ's "Resurrection" as a metaphor for a man's transcendence of his own existence, these narratives have been, depending on flexibility, present since the dawn of story telling itself.   Recently,  science fiction author Philip K. Dick dedicated much of his later life to trying to understand these ideas, and creating stories in which individuals struggle to comprehend and escape from what he described as "the black iron prison" which constitutes all of reality.

"Everyone who had ever lived was literally surrounded by the iron walls of the prison; they were all inside it and none of them knew it."---Valis 
Within this cosmology, there exists the rigid, linear reality of which we are all aware.  This reality is seen as an illusion, a type of waking sleep that obscures a secondary reality in which time exists in a a four dimensional, non linear fashion in which all points are present simultaneously.

 "In some certain important sense, time is not real. Or perhaps it is real, but not as we experience it to be or imagine it to be."---How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later
Throughout the video, all authority figures are portrayed as deformed or beastly, often leering at Kriss Kross from beyond some kind of dimensional barrier that seems to separate the upper reality from the lower.

"The empire is the institution  the codification of derangement  it is insane and imposes its insanity on us by violence..."---Valis
Students are displayed as mindless, overtaken by cobwebs as if lost within time itself, overseen by insectoid hybrids of human and animal.

To the fight the Empire is to be infected by its derangement."---Valis
In this sense, these creatures echo the Outer Church of Grant Morrison s' Invisible's series, itself highly indebted to Dickian interpretations of this very old story.

Reaching even deeper in Dick's estimation of the universe is Kriss Kross' personification of the archetypal twins, what he called two source cosmonogy.  Kriss Kross here become the original dual being whose role is to experience and oversee the act of universal becoming.

(The one) generated a diploid sac which contained, like an eggshell, a pair of twins, each an androgyny, spinning in opposite directions (the Yin and Yang of Taoism, with the One as the Tao).---Valis
Or, in the terms of early 90's hip hop, Kriss and Kross, the Daddy Mack and the Mack Daddy, their very appearance recalling a duality in which the body and the head are in conflict with each other.

But isn't this all just ridiculous?  Isn't "I Missed the Bus' just an otherwise rote example after school special ethics lesson crossed with perhaps out of place horror iconography?  Isn't it just an act of cultural contortion-ism to root through the garbage dump of decades old musical refuse and find meaning where none such exists 

Maybe.  But the Dickian way of looking at this is that "I Missed the Bus" is simultaneously doing both of these things at once.  It is a piece of mindless, pop entertainment.  It is a not a piece of mindless pop entertainment.  It means nothing.  It means everything.  It is, in short, an example of negative theology, a koan that presents us with the dual nature of reality.  God is nowhere.  God is now here.

 Kriss Kross is slated to reunite on February 23rd for a single performance in Atlanta, Georgia,    

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