At the 2:50 minute mark of the video Black Thought made a reference to Freakonomics by Steven Leavitt. The Shock Exchange finds it ironic that Black Thought would mention Freakonomics and ignore Shock Exchange, the most-sampled and most-influential economics book in history. It was also written and published by a black man, which makes Shock Exchange economics’ most-radical offering. Lost In Vegas confirmed the diss on its reaction video:
Ryan: People talk about urbanomics and Reganomics and all that … when he says Freakonomics and war policy …
George: That’s a great book by the way … Steven Leavitt – Freakonomics … if you haven’t read that. I’ve read transcripts from that book. It’s amazing. He has a cool, interesting take on freakonomics … on economics. He looks at everyday life situations like the odds of a kid making it if his mom’s on crack … he looks at Sumo wrestlers and how they cheat … to get to a higher status. He looks at economics from a really interesting, unique perspective.
Shock Exchange captures the findings of inner-city kids from Brooklyn and how they were the only ones to predict the Financial Crisis of 2008. It also calls the next recession and social unrest to follow. Freakonomics was really the book Black Thought wanted to bring to light? Could Black Thought, Funkmaster Flex or Lost In Vegas possibly know how impossible it is to predict the Financial Crisis when no one else saw it coming, and call the next recession and President Obama and President Trump swore the economy was strong? It begs the question, “How did we get so far from inspired?”