This piece on the devolution of music journalism by Ted Gioia on The Daily Beast is really great. And I think it’s right. But the lede… Imagine, for a moment, football commentators who refuse to explain formations and plays. Or … Continue reading
I’m rather opinionated about music. Folks know this. And while all that frustration criticism comes through loud and clear when I write or tweet, I’m definitely not as good at communicating that I understand and respect how profoundly difficult making … Continue reading
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Tagged A Song For You, appropriation, black music, black pop, black popular music, Brandy, Jamey Jaz, Janet Jackson, Jazmine Sullivan, Jimmy Jam, Kelly Rowland, Lalah Hathaway, making music, music industry, music producers, producers, Rahsaan Patterson, Salaam Remi, singer-songwriter, songwriters, standards, Terry Lewis, Tyrese, Usher
My thoughts on what it means that Jamie Foxx makes really bad music.
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Tagged actor, Drake, emo, engineer, film industry, Jamie Foxx, Just Blaze, Justin Timberlake, Kim Kardashian, music industry, Oscar winner, Peep This, poseur, producer, publicist, R&B, Raphael Saadiq, Salaam Remi, songwriter, soulless, T-Pain
My thoughts on why Kanye West’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ is good, but not that good.
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Tagged A Tribe Called Quest, ballet, Big Boi, Big KRIT, black music, Common, Damian Marley, De La Soul, diaspora, emceeing, guitar, Hi-Tek, high art, hip hop, Jay Hova, Jay-Z, Jigga, Kamaal the Abstract, Kanye West, mainstream, meter, music industry, musical ambition, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, Nas, Nottz, Novel, Open, OutKast, Q-Tip, rappers, Reflection Eternal, Talib Kweli, The Blueprint, white people