More on rapping and rolling

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 3 07:51:52 UTC 2010

On Thu, Dec 2, 2010 at 11:45 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
> extended from the sense of "roll" relating to ostentatious

A more-likely source of extension is the picture of a stone player
rolling up to the curb profiling a clean ride, such as an Escalade or
even a Bentley, with some fine rib at his side, i.e. driving an
ostentatious automobile that rolled off of the dealer's showroom-floor
that way, not one that's the laughable-by-contrast consequence of a
trip to TJ for a tuck-and-roll and a flame job on a hoopty. An
ostentatious manner of mere driving is something like "sitting to the
side," which, in California, goes back at least to the early '80's.
Anybody at all can drive ostentatiously. Everybody ain't able to roll
up to the curb heavy. Drive-by shootings also add panache to the
coolness of rolling in a certain way, like past, Uzi-ing out serious
respect to them fools that didn't know who they was messing with.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"––a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
–Mark Twain

Once we recognize that we do not err out of laziness, stupidity,
or evil intent, we can uncumber ourselves of the impossible burden of
trying to be permanently right. We can take seriously the proposition
that we could be in error, without necessarily deeming ourselves
idiotic or unworthy.
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