"How can one Chandra be so Levy"

I’m assuming most of you by now have heard that police are close to charging someone in the unsolved murder eight years ago of Washington, D.C., intern Chandra Levy.

It’s a sad case and I’m glad the family will finally be able to get closure.

With that in mind, here goes my un-PC post of the month. How many of you remember Eminem’s 2002 album The Eminem Show? How about the single, “Business”? Well, since the resurfacing this past week of Chandra Levy’s name, there’s a line from “Business” that is stuck in my head: “How can shit be so easy? / How can one Chandra be so Levy?”

It’s a tossed-off line that doesn’t seem to mean much, just getting attention in its timeliness: Levy’s body was found four days before The Eminem Show’s U.S. release.

Just after the album’s release, a member at one discussion board (who admitted he has too much time on his hands) analyzed the line as such: “It could mean that, since her disappearance has been such a big deal, her ‘leaving’ could have been tweaked by Eminem (i.e.) ‘How could one Chandra be so ‘leav-y’,’ as in ‘how can one person cause such a commotion for disappearing, or be so allusive [sic ]?’” As far as I know, Em himself never commented further on the lyric.

However you figure it, the song is what Eminem does/did best: A smooth flow, interesting rhymes, and a badass beat.

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