Taylor Adams

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Am I the only one who thinks R. Kelly's golden age is NOT Ignition Remix's era, but actually right now? Just needs to spend more time on his albums...
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August 14, 2013 on Phoenix – “Trying To Be Cool Remix Feat. R. Kelly”
Ughhhhh, I'm still waiting for the documentary on how someone went from being in consideration for the greatest rapper of all time to a complete piece of shit. OH SHITT though CALL OF DUTTYY OMGG. How many 14-year-olds (and mentally 14-year-old twenty-somethings) are gonna lose their shit over the maximum brotato combination that is middle aged Eminem rapping for a Call of Duty promotion . This is how i know there is no god.
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August 14, 2013 on Eminem – “Survival” (Feat. Liz Rodrigues)
Was this recorded with someones phone? After passing through 2 dixie cups and a string? Underwater?
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August 14, 2013 on Earl Sweatshirt – “Sunday” (Feat. Frank Ocean)
Doesn't seem as polished or solid as Live Love A$AP, but has definitely got some new tracks worth checking out. If it were simply labeled a mixtape I'm sure it would seem more like a treat, particularly the first half of the album (as a whole might be on par with Live Love A$AP but with bigger hits, bigger misses.) Still leagues ahead of the Lords Never Worry disaster. Seriously though I'm dissapointed, I was hoping there'd be a comment party. Nobody else cared about this?
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August 14, 2013 on Stream A$AP Ferg Trap Lord
Anyone else listening to this?? Fergivicious is tightttttt. Sucker for the opener as well. Can't wait to crank this all night.
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August 13, 2013 on Stream A$AP Ferg Trap Lord
Gotta say Within and Without is one of my fave albums of all time (top 3 at least,) i never thought the music was just "headphone music" as some people may suggest. With Allen producing on both these lps its just as rewarding a listen intimitally as it is ambiently. I also think Paracosm is much more accessible than W&W. Awesome summer soaked music all around. Just remember to be patient with this guy. I remember Diplo saying something like "Washed Out could use some starch." I think a lot of people (including Diplo) can learn from his patience in how he builds his songs. Glad to see its possible for someone waste deep in chillwave break the mold while still carrying the torch.
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August 13, 2013 on Album Of The Week: Washed Out Paracosm
He's got his block behind him like he's pullin' out the driveway. I feel like most people back out of their driveway.
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August 13, 2013 on Big Sean – “Control (HOF)” (Feat. Kendrick Lamar & Jay Electronica)
I don't want to be that guy -but nice try Hannah - still can't hold a candle to the vocal range and power of the original. Still like seeing artists show love towards one of the greatest songs of the past 25 years (Still can't believe how old it is.)
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August 8, 2013 on London Grammar – “Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak Cover)
This is excellent, love seeing artists compliment each other like this. Megan James, if you're reading this (which obviously you are) we need more of your vocal work on songs! I wan't more covers in the vein of that Soulja Boy one you did earlier this year.
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August 8, 2013 on Jon Hopkins – “Breathe This Air” (Feat. Purity Ring)
Its dissent from the Nerd Rap movement. Music - like any other art medium - isn't confined to a singular template of whats good and whats bad. Smart lyricism isn't inherently better than "ignorant rap". Lupe Fiasco-esque raps of intellect just aren't progressive right now. The Will Ferrell sample on Niggas in Paris sums it up perfectly, lyrics don't necessarily need to make sense or fall in line with any particular view of what you think is a good line, it just has to sound cool. As long as it "gets the people going." For the record, I think the beat provides more than enough substance. That skittering high-hat is what takes the song to another level. Particularly in contrast to the otherwise modern, washed out synths used on the hook.
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August 8, 2013 on Drake – “All Me” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)
That Sampha production and vocal work on The Motion was refreshing to me in terms of today's hip-pop scene. Regarding 2 Chainz verse (which imo is top notch,) you have to realize 2 Chainz is coming out of a notorious anti-lyricism camp. In the same vein of Flacka or Juicy J, hes become a rap icon not because his writing is good (nobody is debating that its terrible) but because of the vibe he brings. 2 Chainz is the physical incarnation of the swag over substance movement, so despite you calling his lyrics childish, I've got to say you're really missing the boat on that one.
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August 1, 2013 on Drake – “All Me” (Feat. 2 Chainz & Big Sean)
The sound quality recorded on the phone will be so painfully bad I seriously don't understand why anyone would want to watch that. I don't even watch my favorite artists captured on video when they play an unreleased song because the quality is weak enough to ruin it. I never really considered putting a ban on them at shows, but I do feel like society looks dumber every time I look up from the crowd to watch a musician over a sea of hands holding cellphones by people who decided they needed to record the whole freaking thing. Not to mention its obviously blocking people behind you.
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July 31, 2013 on Johnny Marr, Foals, ALT-J Weigh In On Camera Phones At Concerts Debate
Agree to disagree, Echoes of Silence had some excellent production work by Illangelo and Clams Casino. The one-two punch of XO/The Host and Initiation were better back-to-back songs than anything on House of Balloons (in my opinion.) Im pretty into this song. But the video though is completely uninspired and pointless. Lil B music videos justify their existence more than this one...
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July 31, 2013 on The Weeknd – “Love In The Sky”
Congratulations on discovering thesaurus.com...
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July 31, 2013 on The Weeknd – “Love In The Sky”
Sadly i agree, Few people root for JT more than me, I honestly feel like the majority of the stuff hes released this year has been stubbornly outdated and conservative. Particularly when you compare it to the Futuresex/Lovesounds album (which came out 6 years ago...), 20/20 feels conceptually (and especially) aesthetically outdated. I understand the attempt to reach a more "classic" sound but I don't see many chances taken, I don't really see much new. 20/20 could have come out 10 years ago, don't you want to be a part of and/or change the modern music landscape? Much of this has to do with my opinion that Timberland - despite his stellar legacy - is just getting a bit long in the tooth and doesn't have anything new to offer. JT and Jay's decision to have him produce basically all their shit this year suggests to me that either A) they were doing some favors for an old friend or B) they simply aren't aware of the breadth of current, talented producers who might be able to give them a different sound. JT fans waited 6 years for this double album, I know most of the fans wouldn't be fully aware of the difference, but to make the same ho hum songs with Timberland and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon (seriously fuck THAT guy) is just lazy and lame. Just think about all the fun producers it be nice to see JT working with these days...
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July 30, 2013 on Justin Timberlake – “Take Back The Night” Video
Curious as to why Lana seems to have been running Stereogum since she appeared (or... changed her name). I don't know if people enjoy it because they like her or just want to mock her behavior... Do people feel like she epitomizes the indie milieu (if there really even is such thing) or is the general opinion that shes a giant contrivance who makes calculated moves to exploit a popular scene? Input? Regardless I don't seem to understand why she gets this attention, not just on this website but in general.
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July 30, 2013 on Lana Del Rey – “Maha Maha”
Okay jeremiah (not entirely sure you're not just CD89 again) you need to calm down. First of all, pop music deserves to be taken seriously at least some level, and can at times be original. Thats cool that you're still in your "I'm just learning about music and pop music sux!" phase, but you will some day realize it plays in important role in cultural trends, and is in fact a genre no better or worse than any other. A big problem here is your perception of Madonna is obviously so post Ray of Light that its kind of pathetic. There's a reason why Madonna is the highest selling female artist of all time, To deny her of how she pioneered transgressive pop music in the 1980's is as boneheaded as believing that anything Lady Gaga has done since has surpassed something like Like a Prayer or Express yourself (Which she DID in fact write.)
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July 29, 2013 on Lana Del Rey Blasts Lady Gaga In Leaked “So Legit”
To: cd89 Please google what paragraph formatting is before subjecting everyone to your poorly constructed, emotionally driven argument. And for the record: we can see that u mad, but you need to calm down. There's barely a logical point in your argument, so from the perspective of someone who has been of little opinion of Lady Gaga for the past few years, you're really just tossing free points to Davids camp. When did Lady Gaga fanatics start coming to this website anyways?
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July 29, 2013 on Lana Del Rey Blasts Lady Gaga In Leaked “So Legit”
Yeaa wait a second, Lana was in Williamsberg taking notes on how to exploit hipster culture when Lady Gaga was booed, BUTT everybody was there when she was a disaster at 30 rockefeller center that night....
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July 29, 2013 on Lana Del Rey Blasts Lady Gaga In Leaked “So Legit”
Maybe song samples should be like patents, each artist gets like a 7 year window where they have the rights to that intellectual property. After those 7 years other artists can strip elements of it and use it for their own work, assuming it justifies its own existence, and is not a complete copycat. Its interesting to note that music is really the only art medium where people really get their jimmies rustled over these things. As a film writer or director: stories, shots, character types are recycled all the time from other movies. How can you fight for intellectual property over anything in the visual arts? If an artist paints a landscape, Am I not allowed to paint that same landscape anymore? More importantly, members of society that know better - know music in this case - know where the original sample was from and know how to appreciate originality. That doesn't mean we can't appreciate it being used a different way. Although I still haven't gotten over the travesty of Jason Derulo's "Whatcha Say" and how much rage is instilled in me everytime I hear that song. With that being said "Hide & Seek" is by no means ruined. And anyone who thinks The Weeknd is similiar to Jason Derulo is a moron.
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July 17, 2013 on The Weeknd Denies Sampling Portishead
I don't see what listening to Abel's sample cheapens the song for you. Did he cheapen all the other songs he sampled on the mixtapes? Barrow has the right to sue or whatever he wants to do, but I don't think this makes Abel Tesfaye a big douche, I think hes one of the most talented and well rounded artists to show up in the past few years. He said he was a big Portishead fan, and hes not just rehashing the same shit. Ya'll n-words actin like he's getting wrongly sampled by Miley Cyrus or some shit.
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July 17, 2013 on The Weeknd Denies Sampling Portishead
I completely agree, not to mention the same fucking sample was used last month on Kanye's Yeezus. Barrow was fine with it there, its not like the Weeknd is Justin Bieber or something, clearly its going to be used in the interest of creating something with some artistic value. I support Abel's openness to what he was about and what hes trying to do, and I understand how he might find this annoying. Each of his three mixtapes samples liberally from a variety of artists, but each time the song he created from these samples completely justified its own existence, and was more of a fun head-nod to the source than a rip-off or exploitation of an already created sound. We need to save the fight against copyright infringement and sample stealing for more commercialized problems (a.k.a. shitty pseudo-indie bands explointing an already developed sound and advertisements where clearly somebody was paid to mimic a popular song.)
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July 17, 2013 on The Weeknd Denies Sampling Portishead
I agree, there's more marketing for this than any album I've seen in recent memory (probably going back to Green Day's American Idiot) all just to for a fucking "traditional rap album." WTF JAY-Z, even numb/encore was somewhat progressive. This better be good because if we get another Kingdom Come after this bullshit I'm throwing a bitch fit.
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July 1, 2013 on Rick Rubin Not Involved With New Jay-Z Album
So you're saying that Rick Rubin is calling Jay-Z's album a Pontiac? Pretty sure that's even worse...
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July 1, 2013 on Rick Rubin Not Involved With New Jay-Z Album
This list I'm okay with, their movie list however is frustratingly stupid. Between their top 10 all time, top 20 all time, and top 100, they all contradict themselves. The dumbest part is that very few, if any movies make the list that have come out since 1975. Not to take anything away from Gone With the Wind et cetera but it really grinds my gears when list makers are reluctant to acknowledge anything that hasn't been nostalgia cock-sucked for decades. I don't know if its appeasement for the baby-boomer generations or just fear of making bold statements, regardless I deem their lists completely negligible and a waste of space both in the realm of the internet and in between magazine margins. For the record I know, blah blah go to Videogum, I was too lazy to surf on over there and I already was halfway through typing this.
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June 30, 2013 on Entertainment Weekly’s 100 Greatest Albums Ever
Regarding the lyric gripes: Has anyone considered the possibility that the style over substance movement (which Kanye started more or less segued into rap with watch the Throne) has trickled into this album? I agree the lyrics range from anthemicly triumphant to silly reachy-ness. But how important are lyrics supposed to be? I'd like to make the point that particularly in genre's outside of rap, many artist's approach to lyric writing is primarily from a phonoaesthetic perspective, hell plenty of beloved bands are writing music in languages that aren't even in English. When we critique these songs, do we criticize the meaning of the lyrics? More importantly: Is lyrical prowess essential for a song to create a powerful bond between musician and listener? Dare I say that perhaps some reviewers are too preoccupied with what music is "supposed" to be? Returning to the album in question, in particular one song: I would just like to say that on "Blood on the Leaves," - which has received criticism from not only here but significantly more scrutiny in the New York Times review - here we clearly have reduction of a song about race inspired lynching, to a disposable mo' money mo' problems situation. The reactions have ranged from outrage to annoyance. Let's take a step back for a moment... This is Kanye West after all, not some shmo, he's certainly aware of the political and moral implications of "Strange Fruit," PERHAPSSS the idea of taking something so racially sacred and using it in the manner in which he did is an execution of the art-form of deconstructionism. Much like paying out the behind to get a sample of Otis Redding's "Try a Little Tenderness" (a song with very graceful vocals) and reducing it to grunt noises and using it as a template to rap about how hard you ball, deconstructionism is a statement in and of itself. Remember that people? Remember how fun and refreshing that was? But now we sit here and criticize the same technique, because despite how stellar"Blood on the Leaves" song sounds, we have to dismiss it because the lyrics are superficial? Consider the possibility that the purpose and meaning of the song lies in the decision of how it is executed, not the lyrics themselves. For the record I'm aware of how silly some of these lyrics are and how difficult it is for some of us to get passed them. But I'm also very aware of the always refreshing, consistent intelligent decisions made by Kanye West. The most interesting thing about this man is the dichotomous impressions that this man has made on the public: his behavior and attitude (particularly in the past 5 years) have suggested hes a complete moron who doesn't know how to keep his mouth shut, however his body of work artistically has been consistently stellar from his work as a producer all the way up to pop superstar; the man has not made a bad tune little alone executed a note poorly in a decade. For really the first time in his career, this dichotomy is upfront and overt on a solo album, but was this a mistake? Laziness? Are these lyrics any reflection of something less than some level of intentional brilliance? With any other artist I would be inclined to say so, but not this man, and especially not on this album. tl;dr Stop bitching about the lyrics and loosen up a bit.
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June 18, 2013 on Premature Evaluation: Kanye West: Yeezus