There’s no reason our nations population of aging has-been rappers can’t put their skills to good use later in life:

AUGUST 23–The Department of Justice is seeking to hire linguists fluent in Ebonics to help monitor, translate, and transcribe the secretly recorded conversations of subjects of narcotics investigations, according to federal records.

A maximum of nine Ebonics experts will work with the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Atlanta field division, where the linguists, after obtaining a “DEA Sensitive” security clearance, will help investigators decipher the results of “telephonic monitoring of court ordered nonconsensual intercepts, consensual listening devices, and other media.”

No need to advertise to fill the position — the Feds should hire this kid.

(h/t JWF)


4 Responses to “Speak Jive, See the World: Justice Department Looking to Hire Ebonics Experts”

  1. Nanny on August 23rd, 2010 7:50 pm

    Wow! The translation piece is amazing! Do people really pay good money to listen to that crap? Now I know why I like oldies but goodies from the 60's, 70's, country music, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin and yes – Englebert Humperdink!!!

  2. SignPainterGuy on August 23rd, 2010 7:52 pm

    Thanks Doug for the reminder of a great scene from "Airplane" (loved that movie, its sequel and spinoffs) and the link to ebonics translated. That kid earned his award !! I`ve been hearing this story all day . Aside from the obvious humorous aspects, the DEA is on to something. For me, rap lyrics and street jive may as well be code from the WWII "Wind Talkers" !!
    I like the bumper snicker, "You Can`t Spell CRAP Without RAP !"

  3. Adam on August 23rd, 2010 9:13 pm

    Chump don't want the help, chump don't get the help.

  4. Jane on August 24th, 2010 9:21 pm

    Note to self: Doug Powers loves the movie Airplane! Now move along, there's nothing to see here.

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