Time and distance provide perspective -- isn't that what they say? Sure enough, the further removed we are from the recent Boston Marathon bombing, the more the picture appears to be coming into focus of the two brothers alleged to have conducted the terror plot.
From analyzing their online presence, more than a few pundits have deduced that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother who was killed last week, was the diabolical driving force, the mastermind who had become "radicalized." Dzhokhar, on the other hand, appears to have been a typical nineteen year old kid who was into Breaking Bad and rap before he inexplicably morphed into evil incarnate on April 15.
— Jahar (@J_tsar) December 4, 2012
From his tweets, Dzhokhar -- better know as @J_tsar on Twitter, or simply as Jahar to his friends -- seems like a sarcastic college student with a pronounced affinity for rap, even dabbling himself, apparently ("#imamacbookrapper when I'm bored," as he put it).
While his Twitter timeline contains some incendiary tweets ("I was going to make a joke about Hamas but it Israeli inappropriate"), and is otherwise littered with enough irony to fill a War and Peace-sized tome ("ahaha the shit that comes up when i type in my name in google..," reads one tweet, and "Evil triumphs when good men do nothing," he tweeted a month before the bombings, in addition to flippant allusions to 9/11 and the Aurora theater tragedy), really, his tweets resemble the mindless, innocuous, idle chatter of any other kid his age.
chief keef is garbage and that's #3hunna
— Jahar (@J_tsar) November 13, 2012
It's the rap references sprinkled throughout, however, that caught my attention. The New York Times has already pointed out his references to Kendrick Lamar and Jay-Z (he tweeted lines from "Heart Of The City (Ain't No Love)" the day after the bombing), but those aren't the only rappers he nodded to. Besides dissin' Chief Keef, he invoked rhymes from Dr. Dre and Eminem, 50 Cent, Nas, Joey Bada$$, French Montana and J Cole.
Now before folks start indicting the rap world: I don't know if I'd really read too much into any of that. It's just an interesting aside to an evolving narrative that most of us have been following. For what it's worth, he also referenced the Starland Vocal Band (twice) and Chris Rea. Keep reading to see the tweets.
Nowadays everybody wanna talk like they got somethin to say but nothin comes out when they move their lips; just a bunch of gibberish
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 17, 2013
Ain't no love in the heart of the city, stay safe people
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 16, 2013
Now we aint come here to start no drama, we just looking for our future baby mamas
— Jahar (@J_tsar) April 12, 2013
No one is really violent until they're with the homies
— Jahar (@J_tsar) March 28, 2013
I'm from the murder capital, where they murder for capital
— Jahar (@J_tsar) November 12, 2012
bitch, dont kill my vibe
— Jahar (@J_tsar) November 4, 2012
Roam in your own zone or get kidnapped and clapped in your dome. We got it sewn, The Firm art of war is unknown
— Jahar (@J_tsar) October 30, 2012
whats all the fucking fussin for because im grubbing more?
— Jahar (@J_tsar) July 16, 2012
she's not heartless, shes just tryina use her heart less
— Jahar (@J_tsar) June 16, 2012
man i think i love her, tryina have her meet my mother #siiiike
— Jahar (@J_tsar) June 14, 2012
But still somehow she got my mind infatuated, absolutely fascinated with the thoughts of what she might be like
— Jahar (@J_tsar) May 31, 2012
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