Q:thoughts on critically acclaimed rappers who use the word faggot? are they breaking down what is 'offensive language' and taking it as their own or are they just instilling homophobia even more?
The latter. Nobody can make a slur “their own” except the group of people in question. And even then it’s a limited kind of victory.
Personally, I think it would be fantastic if rappers stopped loving that word and similar slurs.
About “critical acclaim”:
An artist can be good at something while being bad at something else. Someone can be talented and bigoted at the same time. This is the best usage of the term “problematic.” Though the term is sometimes met with cringes and winces of pain due to its heavy use here on tumblr dot website, it clearly defines that conflict between the reality of what we have and the desire for a better world.
We would like for the good art to also match our feelings and politics and attitudes but it doesn’t always work that way. An untalented artist who is a bigot isn’t really problematic. They’re just all around bad. A good artist who works their craft well, yet expresses harmful or hateful views: that’s a “problem.” Because it isn’t so easy to dismiss works like that. The art has an aesthetic value while being socially harmful in some way. A struggle, a conflict, a problem.
Anyway, that’s how I see it.
I’ve been thinking that people keep using “problematic” as a cudgel, the end of a conversation, instead of a stepping stone to greater understanding, and Darryl hits on a working definition I like a lot.
A filmed essay-cum-diary about the pressures and pleasures of filmmaking, and a tribute to the star of Point Blank. Lee Marvin: A Personal Portrait by John Boorman (BBC 1998. Dir John Boorman. 55 min) is both a tribute to and an anecdotal reminiscence about the star of Point Blank and Hell in the Pacific who was also Boorman’s friend. Affectionate, funny and illuminating.
With a rugged torso, a shock of white hair, and a slablike face marked by a mashed nose and piercing eyes, Lee Marvin was a startling, wired big-screen presence. He tore through Boorman’s Point Blank (1967) with a leopardlike gait that resembled a tuned-up version of John Wayne’s. This first-person documentary is worth seeing just for the tingling moment in which Boorman shows Marvin striding down a corridor and says, “Walker, I named him.” Boorman demonstrates how much he learned from his star and friend about making fierce and conflicted emotions palpable. He traces the roots of Marvin’s often menacing dynamism to the scars he suffered as a marine on Saipan in the Second World War. Boorman is appealingly direct; he casually trashes the famous palimony suit brought against Marvin without stopping the film dead. —Michael Sragow
With thanks to LoSceicco1976
Reblogging so I can read this later. Some of this has shown up on my feed before, but it’s worth hitting again.
Panel at Billboard’s International Disco Forum V, 1979
- Roller Rink Disco Craze: Temporary or Permanent?
- Effect of Cable TV on the Future Growth of Disco
-What Happens If You Get Enough But Don’t Stop
-New Keys for Love: Beyond C Minor
-Special Presentation on Einstein’s Relativity Theory by Giorgio Moroder
-Don’t Blame Us, Rod Stewart Started Getting Lame Around 1974
Milky Edward and the Chamberlings - Soul Love
Bowie’s own “Plastic Soul” period is well-known but the mystery band, Milky Edward and the Chamberlings, produced some beautiful Motown-styled Bowie covers.
I know nobody on Tumblr clicks play buttons but anyone who doesn’t listen to this is cheating themselves BIG TIME. 2 more covers available here. ten bucks says Mark Ronson turns out to be behind it.
it goes without saying that if a full album of these ever sees the light of day, I would buy it so hard that the earth’s rotational axis would be affected.
Vince Gilligan interviewed by Charlie Brooker (FOR AN HOUR!)
dammit Witzke I have things to do
Q:I'm working on a little playlist for Rap songs that don't fall into the often criticized, "Money, Cash & Hoes." topics. I want it to be a, "Rap that makes you think." playlist. My question is, do you have any recommendations for songs? Explicit lyrics aren't an issue necessarily, like, Warren G's "Do you See" and Wu-Tang's "C.R.E.A.M" are songs that have cursing, but still fit the general goal of what I'm looking for. Thanks in advances, you handsome devil.
Ahaha, you’re gonna hate this answer but… rap that makes you think is up to you, not the music or lyrical content. Everything represents something, from Lil Jon and Chyna Whyte going back and forth over what girls and thugs can do for them or Danny Brown being incredibly, incredibly earnest about how much he likes to go down on women. Some songs may wear their message on their sleeves, but even “Money Cash Hoes” has “I’m tryin to restore the feelings, fuck the law, keep dealing/ More money, more cash, more chilling/ I know they gon’ criticize the hook on this song/ Like I give a fuck, I’m just a crook on this song.”
Everything should make you think!
Do you live in NYC? You should sign this petition to rename part of King St. in honor of Larry Levan.
Unable to generate a follow-up hit and sensing that Motown’s future resided with emerging stars like Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson and Little Stevie Wonder, Mr. Strong concluded he had to look elsewhere to make a living. “I had to take care of my kids,” he said, “so I went and got myself a job at Chrysler, on the production line.”
In the mid-1960s, Mr. Strong returned to Motown as a staff songwriter at the urging of his friend, the record producer Norman Whitfield; he rushed over to the studio every afternoon when his shift at the auto plant was over. Together, Mr. Strong and Mr. Whitfield wrote a string of hits that led to them being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2004: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “Just My Imagination” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” among them.
What an image, leaving the Chrysler plant go to Hitsville U.S.A. and write “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”.
How many cars did Barrett Strong help build, and how many of them are still on the road?