Fuck Yeah Words On Music

PhD student in Digital Culture and writer on pop culture. These are mostly other people's words on music. Main blog on Swedish site Rodeo.net. Personal notes on ImageObjectText Tumblr.
policymic:

Gay rapper Le1f shuts down notorious hip-hop troll

dear Lord Jamar,
Choose your battles. If the whitening of rap is a concern to you, please leave my name out of it. If you think being gay is the same as being white, you are as ignorant as your enemies. I’m darker than you. I’m african. I’m a black man and I experience all the same racism you do, if not more, on top of homophobia, including from black men just like you. Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority? Rap started out as a creative response to oppression, and no matter my outfit, I know oppressions you will never understand.
All respect,
Le1f
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policymic:

Gay rapper Le1f shuts down notorious hip-hop troll

dear Lord Jamar,

Choose your battles. If the whitening of rap is a concern to you, please leave my name out of it. If you think being gay is the same as being white, you are as ignorant as your enemies. I’m darker than you. I’m african. I’m a black man and I experience all the same racism you do, if not more, on top of homophobia, including from black men just like you. Are you proud of being a hateful member of a majority? Rap started out as a creative response to oppression, and no matter my outfit, I know oppressions you will never understand.

All respect,

Le1f

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(via elmerseason)

You Will Ache Like I Ache: The Oral History of Hole's 'Live Through This'

barthel:

This is great, and you should read it or you have already, whatever. Here are some things:

  • Courtney says the title of the album was about “going through fucking media humiliations,” which is illuminating but also a bit off-putting. Would she have said that at the time? Certainly the Courtney of Celebrity Skin on would have, but it’s hard to imagine that the media aspect was really the worst part of her 1992-1993.
  • It’s kinda weird that the first Radiohead album, the one everybody wants to forget about now, plays such a large role in all this, huh?
  • I massively appreciated all the discussion of the drums. Patty Schemel is why “Violet” sounds so breathless: she’s always playing just slightly ahead of the beat, making the song seem to be constantly accelerating.
  • The Seattle neighborhood that plays the biggest role here, Capitol Hill, is currently being converted to a nest of condos, and while that’s fine, I’ve always had a hard time totally understanding Seattle’s relationship with grunge and Nirvana. The only landmark they mention here that’s still around is the Urban Outfitters in Broadway Market. (I would be very surprised if there were still a rehearsal space around there.) Cities always want to erase their own history, of course, and you can certainly see why Seattle might get grumpy about people thinking it’s “that grunge city,” but it seems like they might want to preserve something of all that, right? If you don’t, you end up with ridiculous situations like the biggest Jimi Hendrix attraction in his hometown being a statue from 1997.image
  • Bless Jessica Hopper for the link here: “I wrote “Doll Parts” in Cambridge, Massachusetts in a woman named Joyce’s bathroom.”
  • I’ve always identified with Eric Erlandson, and I never really know why. This makes it a little clearer, but I’m still not sure it’s a good thing.
  • Patty Schemel: Oh, so full of shit, that Wikipedia.”

The song is about being violently assaulted and it made me crazy for a few years. I got really paranoid walking around at night and started feeling really unsafe. The song is more about empowering myself physically amongst a masculine power, and the hate of feeling powerless, making light of masculine physical power, making it jovial and non-threatening. I took a typically violent cultural situation and made it pop and happy.”

(Source: kanemura, via strocka)

richard-russell:

damon & me discuss everyday robots on noisey’s back and forth

I think dancing is one of the best things anyone can do for themselves. And it doesn’t cost anything.