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I find it really weird that media/music people are spilling many words about QotSA/Muse/Arcade Fire/Outkast/etc. but there’s very little talk about what it means for NMH to be playing a festival like this. For anyone who saw them on the last tour: there were some bigger venues, to be sure, but those shows really thrived in smaller/dingier settings: when I saw them at the 40 Watt in Athens, I was pretty sure I couldn’t have been in a better place to experience that show, lackluster sound aside. The outdoor festival thing…maybe it’ll be joyous, but I can’t help feeling like that kind of electric energy will lose something outside four dirty club walls.
Early contender for top comment of 2014 I will remember you come awards season
I agree that Chance got a lot of attention from that feature–despite the fact that his breakout tape, 10 Day, actually dropped before Royalty–but I don’t think that makes this move any less shitty. To pull Chance in for a single line that, despite his unique delivery, doesn’t actually contribute much (if anything) to the song seems designed to put Chance’s name on the track, not give daps to his dude, you know?
I don’t think anyone should ~have~ to do anything because of the rap internet, and God, I hope fewer people do things because of the rap internet. However, Chance has talent, ability, and provides a fresh voice in 2013. Gambino, despite his ability to turn a phrase, has neither the raw ability nor the fanbase Chance has at this point. The inclusion of Chance the Rapper (please say the rapper) can’t help but be a capitalization on his cohort’s success.
And in the end, my problem isn’t really that Chance is on this track–Chance is on a Bieber track and that rules, after all. My problem is that Gambino doesn’t really have much to offer, and it’s a bit disheartening to see so many people rush to his defense when 2013 was actually a pretty great year for rap and there’s a lot to dislike about Glover’s bland approach. Let’s praise what should be praised–Acid Rap, for example–and let’s not get all uptight when someone calls out a bad rapper for being a bad rapper.
I cannot believe people are out here still stumping for Gambino. Dude has been making garbage water air-quotes-”RAP” music his whole career, but suddenly we’re all defending him from the mean old critics? Nah.
Dude can technically put syllables together pretty efficiently. But if that really made someone’s career, Eminem would have released the best album of the year, and he didn’t. The beat selection is tepid and the lyrics are consistently uninspired. To have Chance on a song and deny him a verse is saying, “I understanding what is trending in rap right now and I will attach this rapper’s name to my song in order to improve my hit count while I will still handle all the verses because I am the voice to be prioritized.”
Song isn’t very good and it’s a stupid internet click-bait tactic to have Chance in for a single phrase–an unfunny joke, at that. This isn’t just “different” or “nontraditional” rap or rap that “isn’t hood”: it’s bad rap.
I’m not saying they aren’t obviously satirical: she says as much blatantly in the song. She’s not promoting these things–only an idiot would think that. I’m just not sure if it’s successful satire if she can’t avoid using the same loaded signifiers that critique stereotypes black entertainment culture (rims, gold bars, a variety of black dancers gyrating and pouring champagne). The Blurred Lines joke is actually hilarious, but much of it feels kind of counter productive.
Glad we’re getting this kind of message, but isn’t it a bit bizarre that to criticize Miley/scum-pop at large she resorts to doing pretty much the same thing they do but she’s “sarcastic”? I’m supposed to cheer about the sexualized back-up dancers and jokey hip-hop signifiers because they’re “ironic”? Maybe I’m being uptight but I just dunno.
And by that I don’t mean that I don’t understand that the whole issue feels a little like a foregone conclusion: now that it has already happened, it’s probably a little late to try and stem the tide of unFair Usage/etc., but seriously: fuck Rap Genius
So are we psyched that Rap Genius is getting sued or nah? Cause fuck those guys.
Fishscale over Supreme Clientele, much less being included instead of Ironman? Both OB4CLs and no Return to the 36 Chambers or Tical? I understand that Ghost, Rae, and Liquid Swords comprise the hall-of-fame category for Wu solo releases, but any top five list gotta be less lopsided than this.
And Fishscale over Supreme Clientele???
Dude is clearly tired of being that character. His vine account is fading into just boring six-second clips of boring dogs, I haven’t heard him say “rap game ________” in months, and I’ve never seen an interview/video with Riff Raff where he seemed more completely unhappy being Riff Raff. I only wish the video had lasted ten minutes and ended with a classic chain-break/storm out: http://www.spin.com/articles/riff-raff-drunk-freestyle-basketball-101-barz/