Michael Blum

The Lehman Song



The Lehman Song is a sentimental rap song that was never produced. It chronicles the rise and fall of Lehman Brothers, whose demise represented better than anything the 2008 financial crisis and the fictional approach that took over economics – which, considered in today's context of anxious uncertainty (April 2020), seems like a mere bump on the timeline of history. Lehman Brothers, the one major financial institution that wasn't bailed out, was to be at the core of Life on Credit, a project for the 2016 Montreal Biennial. But the project took another direction and the song never came to life.