A couple things here: as far as I know, no members of Arcade Fire are transgendered. As such, they should only be considered allies to the transgendered cause, not individuals who have the right to dictate the cause’s course. Furthermore, it’s really, really easy for heterosexual, cis-gendered individuals to say that using a heterosexual, cis-gendered actor is sufficient. However, given that Arcade Fire is trying to ally themselves with transgendered individuals through this video, I think it’s more important to pay attention to transgendered people’s reactions to this video than our own (I am also a cis-gendered person) or even Arcade Fire’s. Laura Jane Grace is one of those people. In my mind, if she’s wondering why Arcade Fire didn’t use a trans actor, then we should all be wondering that same question. Otherwise, Arcade Fire’s message is a failure because the people that they’re trying to help still feel disenfranchised by the system.
also the Perils From the Sea release. Caroline had some of my favorite lyrics of 2013.
That mixtape cover is Grim Fandango-esque. Thumbs up.
The second verse on Ignorant Shit is one of his slickest verses ever. The pass-off between him and Siegel is seamless.
My god…he’s right.
Totally agree. I’m excited about Cocaine Pinata though. Production-wise, it’ll be refreshing to see him step away from the hard-as-fuck, but oft-repetitive, gangster shit. On a side note, I’ve never heard anyone like this guy Big Kill. Dude sounds like Tyrone Biggums picked up a mic.
I don’t know how Mac Miller suddenly ingratiated himself with L.A’s hip-hop scene, but it’s been working really, really well for him. SDS is one of my favorite tracks of the year. That sort of rhyming would’ve fit right in with the UOENO Black Hippy remix too.
A little disappointed he didn’t involve Quelle or Danny Brown with this album. Shotgun was one of my favorite tracks of 2011.
Sing About Me/Dying of Thirst is some Memoirs of A Geisha type shit when Kendrick takes on the working girl narrative. The multiple narratives are definitely the initial draw, but what I really loved was the way he cut his cadence up with those breathes in Dying of Thirst. Something about that rhythm added a lot to its power. Plus the beat is crazy good. The heaven/hell images that hang over that song are drawn out so well by the poignancy of the melody.