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 Autotune Songs

The media seems enraptured with the story of three girls held captive in a Cleveland man’s home for about a decade before being rescued.  The first witness to testify on the matter was Charles Ramsey, who provided a colourful interpretation, laden with product placements and highlighted by his frank language and big personality.  As is […]

Casting Minorities

When interviewed by Entertainment Weekly on his upcoming film The Lone Ranger, Johnny Depp was quoted as saying: “I guess I have some Native American [in me] somewhere down the line. My great-grandmother was quite a bit of a Native American, she grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian.”  There is certainly some uncertainty as […]