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The Agony and the Ecstasy of Kanye West

The Agony and the Ecstasy of Kanye West

A Fan’s Response to Kanye West

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Cover Art

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Cover Art

I am a huge fan of Kanye West. To the point that I often refer to him as Yesus because he is flawless, wonderful, and always right (at least in his own mind). So when a good friend of mine asked me on Facebook, “what did you think of [Kanye West’s] latest interview???” I knew I wouldn’t be able to do anything but write an essay on Kanye West and the egotistically driven torture he puts himself and and his fans through.

Here was my response on the Today Interview with Matt Lauer:

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No Doubt – Sunday Morning

There are no words for how much I love this song and this band.

The xx: Shy Successors to the Smiths

The xx

The xx

The xx

Who Are They?

The xx are three 20-year-olds from South London who make predominantly slow, furtive dreampop music, mostly about heartbreak. They are also one of the stranger recipients of UK hype in recent memory.

What’s So Great?

Jamie Smiths‘ technical work is like listening to a cross between Postal Services and Antenna-era Jay-Jay Johanson without all the self-loathing and colorfulness. Moody and engaging – perfect for the whispery vocals. Oliver Sim‘s remind me of the first I heard Morrissey’s voice in “How Soon is Now” at age 14. Seductive and more mature than his youthful appearances let on. Romy Madley Croft‘s sexual ambiguity hides a voice reminscent of the Blow’s Khaela Maricich and Stevie Nicks – melodically pure.

The xx

The xx

The music the trio produced is like heartache and shyness. They are the grandchildren of The Smiths and the second cousins of Interpol – music which projects an uncomfortable feeling on the listener.  While The Smiths were influence by black girl groups of the 60’s, The xx are strongly influenced by modern R&B. Which is not entirely heard in Jamie Smiths’ drum machine (though you can hear a little Timbaland), it can be heard in the lyrics.

If you enjoy any of the musicians I’ve mentioned in this post, watch this music video “Island” below.  While most people only see the repetitiveness of the choreography, this video reinforces the sense of love-lost of the song.

Nicki Minaj Acting AG-Like on The Come Up

"I am Nicki Minaj"

I know I said I wasn’t sure about the stud video but this video right here (from around the same time period) has Nicki acting really fucking hard and sounds like she’s an AG/Dom/Stud (whatever the fuck you want to call them). However she’s clearly not studded up like that original video shows her.

Lil Kim Goes in On Nicki Minaj on Facebook!

Well I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Nicki Minaj is a swagger jacker. She went from Lil Kim and Foxy Brown to Gwen Stephani and Lady Gaga (oh and lets not forget Wonder Woman). However, it looks like the Queen Bee, Lil Kim, don’t like bitches swagger jacking their style. Recently Lil Kim posted this on her Facebook account:

Nicki Minaj:Bum Ass Replica Bitch Immitating Everyones Swag

As a Lil Kim fan and a Nicki Minaj fan I have to agree with Lil Kim here – Nicki Baby you’sa fake ass bitch with no original swagger.

Also look at this clueless bitch on 106 & Park yesterday…Damn she need some media training for real!

Nas: Be A Nigger Too

There are a handful of artists I feel truly connected to because of the content of their work: the isolation of being Morrissey, Jay Jay Johanson’s functional depression, and the eccentric embrace of Andrew Bird but none of them speak as directly to my core as Nas does.

I remember the first time I heard Illmatic, I was like 9 or 10 and I remember being blown away by all the cursing (it is probably why I curse so much). I’d sit around the kitchen and just listen to him strings coherent words together that just draw me in – I knew even at that age he was talking to me and this shit was important. In fact it was the first album that taught me life’s a bitch and then unfortunately you death (which is oddly an idea that both Morrissey and Jay Jay embrace). From that moment I knew this nigga knew not only who I was inside but also outside. I’m not one to actually focus on skin color (besides when a nigga is blue-black) but Nas has a way of describing the realest elements of being Black in America in 16 bars – something my white musical influence can’t do.

No one song of Nas’ speaks to me with as much power as his “Be A Nigger Too”. I feel like that is the young, black, and urban anthem. While his counterparts spit lines about the hoes they fucked and the jewels they bought, Nas is kicking knowledge. He’s trying to express Blackness in its purest form and being “black” is definitely something I take serious. How could I not? I’m constantly reminded by the people around me whether its positive or negative.

Regardless, hats off to big homey for writing music that actually makes me sit down and think too.

This is my openin scripture – I’ve been preparin this album
my whole life, might be uncomfortable for most you listeners
Satin’s bombardin me with propositions, but I decline
I started in the Bridge without a pot to piss in
I overcame all the opposition
My teachers told that I’d a broken mayne on a cot in prison
Cloaked in the finest drapes, not bathe in napes
But we still filthy, Supreme Court say we still guilty
This is the Genesis, and I don’t even see a worthy arch nemesis
I get loose like the Jena Six, they put a noose on ‘Pac
now I’m defendin Vic, and free that nigger TIP
I’d take the grave or a bid
to let some dirty clan members run up in my crib
and plant cracks on the man that’s goin to church
Plants packs on the man that’s goin to work
and build cases, meanwhile they daddies and they brothers
is recruitin all my brothers and cousins to fill bases
The nerve of y’all to call Escobar racist
Nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger, nigger hatred

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Nicki Minaj? Stud Barbie?

It’s Stud Barbie, Bitch.

Nicki Minaj: Stud Barbie?

Nicki Minaj: Stud Barbie?

So earlier this week I wrote a piece about Nicki Minaj being rap’s Wonder Woman well it looks like she might have spent some time on the Isle of Lesbos after all (that was a comic book joke because Wonder Woman is a Amazon. You aint get it? Fuck you then). We all know she was sort of a lesbian but it was in the safe straight guy fantasy way (which involves pillows and not pegging) but I recently uncovered “Before they were famous” video of Ms Minaj. So you want a sip of the tea, girl? Nicki Minaj – wait for it – might’ve been a bull dyke stud.

Nicki Minaj looks like she'd eat that pussy right.

If its Nicki Minaj, she looks like she'd eat that pussy right.

I know! Harajuku Barbie might have been a damn Stud Barbie (how you doin’?). Oh and guess who this chick use to smash? Remy Ma. I know girl, this tea is just too good.

If true, this completely explains Nicki’s beef with Remy earlier in her career and her constantly stating she has multiple personas and doesn’t know who she is (which proves my point about her being fake as hell but I love her).

Want to make the call yourself? Check out this video of “Nicki Minaj” serving the tea about her relationship with Remy Ma.

Damn this is going to upset a couple of her straight male fans – but this has no effect on me at all I’d still hit it either way.

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