Fly Young Red: Challenging Hip-Hop’s Heteronormativity

  The first time I saw the video for ‘Throw That Boy Pussy’ by Fly Young Red (FYR), I instantly fell in love with the song, but with a kind of tongue-in-cheek fervor that was more an appreciation for how over-the-top it was.  However, after a second viewing, it’s clear that in the context of hip-hop, […]

Fav Five Songs About ‘Today’

  Many musicians dwell on the past, reminiscing about past heartbreak or loss, as we see with clichéd love ballads.  Others look to the future, embellishing or postulating about forthcoming success.  Surprisingly enough, relatively few musicians have the existential wherewithal to look at the present, unless of course they are telling their beloved how much […]

Five Of The Most Unintentionally Awkward Music Videos Ever

  In August of 1981, MTV played its first music video, The Buggles “Video Killed the Radio Star”, helping to usher in a new generation of music fans and drastically changing the ways in which musicians promoted their music.  Videos were now an expectation for musicians, and served as a commercial of sorts for whatever […]

The Tentative Defence of Iggy Azalea

  There is a saying about artists: “Good artists copy; Great artists steal.”  In a post-modern context, this would be referred to euphemistically as ‘appropriation’, and when it comes to hip-hop, there is perhaps no instrument from the hip-hop tool box used more commonly than the one called ‘appropriation’.  Why, then, does it create such […]

Fav Five Hick-Hop Tracks

  Though tensions surrounding perceived race have highlighted social ills in America as of late, there is some hope.  There is a saying that music soothes the savage beast, and if that is true, there is a sub-genre of music that has been germinating over the past 25 years that might lubricate the friction between […]

Fav Five Radio Friendly/Socially Conscious Songs

  There are some songs whose up-tempo rhythms and infectious melodies are just so pleasurable that you are compelled to sing along with a smile and tap your feet.  In the case of some songs, like ‘Hooked on a Feeling’, ‘What’s Up’, and ‘Sherry’, the content matches the lyrics.  Even when these songs are about […]

The Five Worst Christmas Songs EVER!

  One of the best parts of the holiday season is the music.  Be it ‘Auld Lang Syne‘ ‘Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah’, ‘Greensleeves’, ‘Carol of the Bells’, or ‘A Few of My Favorite Things’.  And let us not forget ‘Christmas At Ground Zero’ and ‘The Hanukkah Song’.  Sadly, for every classic, there are scores of atrocious […]

Fav Five Version of California Dreamin’

  I’ve been meaning to write this post ever since Bobby Womack passed away, given that his version of ‘California Dreamin’‘ is one of my favorite arrangements of that song, but I’ve been pretty busy.  Today, however, I made the time.  The song is immensely popular and has been adopted by a number of different […]

The Deconstructions of Popular Music: ‘Blurred Lines’, by Robin Thicke

  The sexual autonomy of a woman is one of the central tenants of feminism, and whilst conversations surrounding rape culture are extremely important, rape may not be the most common way in which the hegemonic institutions of patriarchal society seek to control a woman’s sexual autonomy, though this is not to suggest that rape culture […]

The Defence Of Taylor Swift

The public response to Taylor Swift’s most recent video, ‘Shake It Off’ (the first single off her new album), has garnered the kind of response that has become sadly typical in today’s social media setting where internet trolls looking to generate traffic for their websites and get followers for their Twitter accounts rely on shocking, […]