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In the song 'Karma', by Riz Ahmed, he makes a lot of plays on words that involve combining popular western Pop Culture references or slang with references to South/Central Asian culture " he's the 'baddest'(coolest) 'pakistani}' around"; he "sends them packing when he brings the akhis(brothers) around"; he's "Kurta Cobain" ( a reference to rock star Kurta Cobain); they "used to call (him) Golu ( a hindu festival), now they google (his)reviews", he combines some sexual images with the title of the bollywood song. Why do you think he does this? What is he suggesting to the listener?

I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW KARMA CAN BE SEXUAL OR IF THAT IS EVEN WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING???

the song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H0KQ2LRXAo
lyrics:https://www.lyricsmode.com/riz_ahmed-karma-1762457.html
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he sexualises women in the lyrics
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he sexualises women in the lyrics
could you please tell mw why he does this?What he is suggesting? What exact lyrics? How does it link to the title of the song?
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could you please tell mw why he does this?What he is suggesting? What exact lyrics? How does it link to the title of the song?
'Self love we flexing that, unless your gals about then she’s sexing that'

he also uses a lot of derogatory language against her

it's probably done to stick to genre conventions

I honestly don't know how the title of the song links to the sexual representation of women
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'Self love we flexing that, unless your gals about then she’s sexing that'

he also uses a lot of derogatory language against her

it's probably done to stick to genre conventions

I honestly don't know how the title of the song links to the sexual representation of women
what do you mean by genre conventions (sorry i am so bad at english)
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what do you mean by genre conventions (sorry i am so bad at english)
like hes done that to 'fit in' with the typical type of lyrics and themes in that genre of music
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what do you mean by genre conventions (sorry i am so bad at english)
don't worry it's more media studies than English
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This is the question:

In the song 'Karma', by Riz Ahmed, he makes a lot of plays on words that involve combining popular western Pop Culture references or slang with references to South/Central Asian culture " he's the 'baddest'(coolest) 'pakistani}' around"; he "sends them packing when he brings the akhis(brothers) around"; he's "Kurta Cobain" ( a reference to rock star Kurta Cobain); they "used to call (him) Golu ( a hindu festival), now they google (his)reviews", he combines some sexual images with the title of the bollywood song. Why do you think he does this? What is he suggesting to the listener?

I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW KARMA CAN BE SEXUAL OR IF THAT IS EVEN WHAT THE QUESTION IS ASKING???

the song : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_H0KQ2LRXAo
lyrics:https://www.lyricsmode.com/riz_ahmed-karma-1762457.html
Okay ive just listened..

Karma in itself is not actually sexual but may be a reference to the idea that you do sexual things and youll get the same done onto you like do good things good things happen to you kinda thing.

Lyrics that will be good to pick up on are:
"Switching up positions, doing things she never knew she can" showing that he may have a woman change themselves in either a positive or negative way to suit himself, a theme common amongst popular grime/pop culture music which emphasises the dated idea that women are their to serve a man (sexually or however else). This idea of servitude is also seen further up in the song with the lyrics "turned us into servants till we love to hate our face"

The "kurta cobain" line could be in reference to the toxicity of todays media and pop culture society as Kurt Cobain committed suicide by gunshot due to the pressures he felt. This is further seen in the lyrics "They called me Dirty Pak and Nerdy Hack" which is a reference to racis, he may have faced that could have effected self-esteem and self-image, a topic very relevant in western pop-culture and globally with everyone wanting the ideal body.

hope this helps
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