Epic, cinematic, monumental — words appropriately conjured by "O Fortuna," set to music by composer Carl Orff in the 1930s. And how apropos for Atlanta rapper Future — one of CL's 20 People to Watch in 2012 — and the trailer-assisted announcement of his forthcoming mixtape Astronaut Status (due Jan. 12).
But who knew the blood-curdling screams of "O Fortuna" originally were Latin lyrics to a 13th century rap song? (No really, the shit rhymes in Latin.) Apparently, those medieval cats were driven by the same lusts that fuel Future today: fortune, vanity, astronomy, and ice — lots and lots of ice.
as the moon,
always dost thou
wax and wane.
first dost thou mistreat us,
and then, whimsically,
thou heedest our desires.
As the sun melts the ice,
so dost thou dissolve
both poverty and power.
("O Fortuna" translated to English)
Or, in the words of Future:
It ain't all about the ice,
all the nights a n#$%a sacrificed (yeah-ahh).
It ain't all about these hoes,
I know how it feels to go broke (yeah-ahh).
It ain't all about the cars,
I grind, and I grind hard (yeah-ahh).
It ain't all about these clothes,
my n#$%a, dear God bless his soul (yeah-ahh).
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