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I don't think the Grammys are racist. However, they do have a history of unfairly overlooking the artist accomplishments in hip-hop genres in major categories but instead keeps them relegated to sub-categories. This leads me to believe they don't think hip-hop genres are as artistically relevant as other genres. Over the last 10 or more years, hip-hop genres have been the most innovative and evocative and their lack of recognition at a major award show is a disgrace.
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February 14, 2017 on Sufjan Stevens, St. Vincent Tell Grammys “Don’t Be Racist”
It's difficult to read this with all the KFC ads. They are very distracting.
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September 29, 2016 on Premature Evaluation: Bon Iver 22, A Million
They have about as much chemistry as Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley.
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November 25, 2013 on Kanye West – “Bound 2″ Video
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December 24, 2012 on The 50 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2013
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November 21, 2012 on The 2012 Gummy Awards: Vote Now And Enter To Win An iPad With Retina Display
I, probably like many others, am torn on this issue. On one side, I think the internet/downloading not only exposed more artists to the public (think Azealia Banks, Weeknd, Lana Del Rey (ew), Iceage, Radiohead ("Kid A" blew up after it was leaked on the internet), etc) but also makes listening and exploring music easier for those who don't have a the income to buy random albums just to see if they are good or not. However, I do fee the need to support those artists who I want to hear more, lots more from. I'm not going to pretend to be morally superior but I think there are ways to download free music AND support great artists. For my part, I do the following: 1. If I like the album, I post reviews/YouTube videos on social websites to get more people interested who wouldn't normally listen to said artists 2. I see LOTS of concerts 3. I encourage my friends to go to concerts with me and sometimes buy tickets for them I guess in my way I feel I am supporting my favorite artists. I feel a $50 concerts ticket supports them more than a $9.99 download on iTunes or a $15.99 physical album purchase. For example: I downloaded two tUnE-yArDs albums which in total would have costed ~$20 on iTunes. However, I have seen her 3 times in concert totally close ~$60. I downloaded three Dirty Projectors albums (~$30) and saw them for about $40. And yes, I am seeing Grizzly Bear next week for ~$50 and the albums would've cost ~$30 to buy. I'm not actually sure if the artists get a bigger cut but I like to believe I'm doing my part to support them. I also know not many people are able to make it to concerts as much as I might be able to. So, I guess all I can see is. See LOTS of live music. Go to as many concerts as you can. Take friends too. You probably saving enough to buy them a ticket once and a while too. Plus, you get the added bonus of having people think you're really cool for seeing a lot of live music. If you can't afford or go to concerts, do something to expose these artists to people who can. Just my two cents.
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October 3, 2012 on Debating The Grizzly Bear NY Mag Story And Making A Living Making Music