Underground producer and rapper 16 BITZ takes you on a tour of his inspirations, shedding light on the key occasions when pop culture predicted the future.
It seems that time and time again we see predictions of our not too distant future sprinkled throughout popular culture, think: film, television, or music. Usually, it’s portrayed with sinister overtones and a hint of utopian idealism for good measure.
Let’s take a ride back to the future with 16 BITZ and uncover some of the inspirations behind his latest track, Sanitize.
Mike Judge’s cult classic film: Idiocracy
Idiocracy depicts a society in which commercialism has run rampant and mankind has embraced anti-intellectualism. It’s devoid of all curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.
Would you want to live in a world in which Gatorade flows from your tap?
“I have the right to protest I have the right to speak, Idiocracy seems to be the air that we breath” – 16 BITZ.
Ok, I get it, how original. But you need to understand as a person approaching 40, The Simpsons has crystallized a big chunk of my identity.
They predicted Siegfried and Roy getting attacked by a tiger in 2003. Hell, they even predicted Trump becoming president in 2000, 17 years before it was a reality. How about that time they predicted the 2014 Ebola outbreak?
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Deltron 3030: Virus
Composed by Dan the Automator, with lyrics by Del the Funky Homosapien and Kid Koala, this track paints a vivid picture of a virus dismantling the civilisation as we know it. The entire album is a true hip hop masterpiece and an absolute must-listen.
To check out how these worked into the production of Sanitize, below: