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Kind of feel like Rostam is taking this too seriously. Damien Chazelle (director and writer of both Whiplash and La La Land) developed this movie with the main emphasis being on Stone and Gosling's characters. All Chazelle intended to do was make a movie that pay's homage to old school Hollywood and the people that come to L.A. with unrealistic dreams but tried to give this movie a realistic outcome (for the only two characters who mattered in the movie) that would satisfy different audiences. Also, Chazelle has a jazz background and wasn't able to get studios to fund this film until Whiplash was winning critical acclaim and being nominated for awards. To shit on the jazz aspect of the movie without understanding the reason for why he included it is kind of a dick move. This is like me criticizing a Vampire Weekend album for not giving a verse to some popular indie rapper at the time and just letting them appear on a remix song. I get Rostam is trying to raise more awareness when it comes to the lack of diversity overall in the entertainment industry but at the same there are other movies and directors that he could be shitting on. Other movies and passion projects that came out this year that he could help promote.
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December 21, 2016 on Rostam Criticizes La La Land’s Lack Of LGBTQ Characters And People Of Color
Doesn't Kanye know the Republicans are gonna impeach Trump soon? Mike Pence won't approve Kanye's plan for mandatory Adidas Matrix clothes for the school children. Everything is terrible.
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December 13, 2016 on Kanye West Meets With Donald Trump At Trump Tower
I'm not a major fan of Soul but damn it's crazy how long it took to release this album. It seems like everyone from TDE can't release their albums without CEO Top Dawg's approval. To everyone outside the label it seems like his favorites are clearly Kendrick and Q but shit dude these other talents gotta eat too. I get that Isaiah Rashad's album was delayed due to personal issues. But all these other delays are gonna lead to people leaving the label and TDE possibly losing the prestige it currently has.
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December 9, 2016 on Stream Ab-Soul Do What Thou Wilt.
Terrible timing. Kanye is not even in the position to give a proper response. Subliminal rap verses calling out other rappers are the worst. Especially when they don't mention who they are targeting by name. A lot of current gen rappers do this and the supposed beef seems about as fake as a WWE beef. Jermaine is like the Kurt Angle of rap. Boring to watch even though he knows the game by heart. Someone who you skip on the radio and then switch back to the station when you think his songs are over.
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December 2, 2016 on J. Cole’s “False Prophets” Appears To Be A Kanye West Diss
Wish someone at Kanye's shows would just shout "shut the fuck up 'Ye!".
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November 20, 2016 on Watch Pete Davidson Mock Kanye West’s Trump Comments On SNL
As a kid these guys were my heroes and I really needed something nostalgic to help me get over the fuckery that has occurred within the last few days. R.I.P. Phife Dawg.
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November 10, 2016 on Stream A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here…Thank You 4 Your Service
Where is Ja Rule so I can make sense of all this? Help me Ja :(. By the way I am very much looking forward to Chappelle and Tribe on SNL.
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November 9, 2016 on Donald Trump And Rap Music
Less than a third of the population voted. This election just confirms that the hatred and ignorance that has existed prior to our country's birth is still alive. Sure, a lot of people already felt hopeless before yesterday's election results but fuck all this sadness and disappointment. We need to be strong for all those people who believe that their voices do not matter and are threatened by the status quo. Be considerate and responsible consumers and respectful of what has existed on this planet prior to mankind's existence. Sending love to anyone that is worried about walking down the street and afraid to be themselves. You are not alone.
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November 9, 2016 on Moby Writes Letter To America: “What The Fuck Is Wrong With You?”
I usually tend to have low expectations when any artist or group reunites and releases new material but this is a big fucking deal. Also, it's been forever since Q-Tip released music so I am excited for this.
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October 27, 2016 on New A Tribe Called Quest Album Coming In 2 Weeks
I'm thinking Kendrick does these types of collabs so he can have creative freedom on future projects and so his label bosses are less involved in his process.
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September 29, 2016 on Kendrick Lamar Agrees To Be On Maroon 5’s New Single
Each single and release from this album have been incredible. Atrocity Exhibition will probably be the only rap album this year to be competing for AOTY with the likes of Frank, Radiohead, and Angel Olsen. Schoolboy Q's album is in my top 20. Anderson Paak raps on a good amount of Malibu and that album is top 10 too.
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September 27, 2016 on Stream Danny Brown Atrocity Exhibition
I also do not approve people wanting to take pictures when I am out getting eggs. Very crucial to not get distracted and forget to check the eggs guys. Cracked eggs can really fuck up someone's day.
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September 24, 2016 on Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon Blasts Beyoncé’s Pepsi Money, Live Nation, Having His Picture Taken
Poor David. Dude is looking like James Blake with a Rocky IV Stallone isolated in the Russian mountains beard. Who. Hurt. You?
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September 22, 2016 on Dirty Projectors – “Keep Your Name” Video
Sounds like a typical Gaga song except without the dramatic visuals. She has a great voice, but I don't get why she continues to sing these songs with such bad hooks. I remember a time when Lady Gaga was at the top of her game and Beyonce and Adele weren't even at her level. Back in 2009/2010 Gaga's pop songs sounded different but they have not aged well. Both Beyonce and Adele now have their shtick and they are getting amazing results and also releasing timeless pop songs. I think Interscope involved the producers and artists appearing in this video to make it seem like Gaga is going in a new direction but they won't fool the people hearing this on the radio.
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September 20, 2016 on Lady Gaga – “Perfect Illusion” Video
Well deserved. Dude is like the Sound cloud MVP.
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September 19, 2016 on Kaytranada Wins 2016 Polaris Music Prize
Stereogum showing love to bands like Warehouse is one of the reasons I love this site. I remember discovering them on Bandcamp a while back and thinking maybe I should mention them in the comment sections of this site but I guess the music speaks for itself.
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September 16, 2016 on The 5 Best Songs Of The Week
Seems like Cudi is salty that he hasn't been invited to add vocals on that Kanye/Drake collab. Also, people still listen to Cudi? I haven't bothered to listen to any of his albums since his first one.
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September 14, 2016 on Kid Cudi Calls Out Kanye And Drake In Tweetstorm
Shit like this that's gonna have Jay-Z remove Jay Electronica from his label and stop the freeloading. Only dude who gets a freeloading pass from Jay-Z is Memphis Bleek.
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September 4, 2016 on Jay Electronica Calls For Stage Stampede When Passing Lil Uzi Vert Steals His Spotlight At Made In America
Just realized Vincent looks like a young Charles Barkley.
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September 1, 2016 on James Blake – “Timeless (Remix)” (Feat. Vince Staples)
I remember the hype and level of anticipation I had when I knew a Kanye video was about to drop. I thought it was similar to how people felt when Michael Jackson was about to drop a new video on MTV during his prime. I remember geeking out when the Stronger video dropped and feeling excited to see him attempt a comeback when he dropped that Runaway movie. I was in denial at first but after TLOP have come to accept that all these weird, controversial, and instigator type videos and real life antics show an artist struggling to remain relevant. I'm glad (thanks to his influence) hip hop is in a better state compared to when he first dropped, but dude needs to fall back. He should learn from Jay's mistakes after Kingdom Come and take a long break. Not many people nowadays anticipating a new Jay-Z album. Keep releasing stuff like this and people will start to not even miss the old Kanye.
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August 28, 2016 on Kanye West – “Fade” Video
James Blake doesn't strike me as a kind of guy that wears shorts so I don't think a move to LA was ever gonna happen.
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August 24, 2016 on Chance The Rapper, James Blake Disagree About Whether They Leased A Hollywood Mansion Together
I've always thought of Cole (and Drake too) as an average everyday dude. He blew up thanks to internet rap blog posts and Facebook/Twitter shares. Someone that can satisfy the "90's music was better" conscious rap crowd and the trap/dance rap fans that just failed a midterm and want a break from partying and wanna get into serious study mode. His songs always sounded like motivational/everyday life raps that were like a mix of average Nas songs released after It Was Written (arguably his last classic). I at least admire Cole for acquiring a big fan base and radio presence with little help from Jay-Z but damn dude is boring. He's still big when there are other rappers (many whom are mentioned on this site) with more interesting persona's. Dude is like the Kurt Angle of rap music. Also, for some reason he's always reminded me of Eeyore from Winnie the Pooh.
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August 24, 2016 on J. Cole Is One Of Rap’s Biggest Stars. Why?
Hearing that Demi Lovato song is the equivalent to smelling a nasty fart in public.
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August 22, 2016 on Sleigh Bells Sue Demi Lovato
I think trying to figure out which songs on an album have the potential to be a hit is the wrong approach to the album/listening experience. I prefer hearing a specific artist or work because of the time of day/night, season, or mood I'm in. Also, those two exact songs and Pyramids I recall skipping after a couple months of listening to Channel Orange due to how often they were played by others.
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August 22, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Frank Ocean Blonde
I remember as a kid not being able to afford pay per view movies and wrestling events but would be able to sometimes see them on certain channels with the colors and visuals all distorted. I was still happy though because the audio was clear and I could kind of decipher what was going on even though it looked super trippy. These songs remind me of those blissful feelings I had as a kid.
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August 13, 2016 on Bon Iver – “22 (OVER S∞∞N)” & “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⊠ ⊠” (Extended Versions)