Let’s start with a definition, courtesy of Urban Dictionary:
1.To tell someone about themself (sic), mostly used by gay black men.
“That was a read honey!”
“Don’t do it honey, I will read your ass”
2.(noun). a taunt or mockery. A phrase or word used to mock someone in a humorous way.
When she said that you should have taken the receipt with your haircut, that was a read.
I start with this definition because read in this usage is not in my every day vocabulary, and also because there is probably no better word to use to accurately and precisely describe what Oran Jones did at the end of this video. I also confess that I am a fan of what I call “talking songs.” You know, songs in which someone decides to have a conversation or a monologue at the beginning, middle or end. There are so many great ones when it comes to talking on songs, including one of my favorites, “Woman to Woman” by Shirley Brown. She’s so superb that when she calls Barbara on the phone, you don’t even think about the fact that you never even hear Barbara talking. But then again, if Shirley Brown calls you up laying everything straight out like that, you probably would just be quiet and listen for a minute too. Continue reading