Welcome to 1980.
I hope you survive the experience (better than I did).
I saw DJ Shadow at a Minneapolis in-store back in ‘97, when he was doing this thing where he’d cut/scratch/mix albums that people brought from home. This was one of those records. He was at a complete loss.
Little-seen promotional still for the DAZZLER TV pilot (shot in 1982 but never aired.)
I know it’s little-seen because I haven’t seen it used as the artwork on a Bandcamp bedroom producer’s demo yet.
Anonymous asked: 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.
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
cerebrallotuslibrary asked: 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!
Rename a section of King Street NYC to Larry Levan Street | causes.com -
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. —
For a Classic Motown Song About Money, Credit Is What He Wants
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?
Joker makes a Sega album and my head explodes…
If he does an Out Run homage for an encore I will lose my damn mind.
1970’s trade ad for Serpico. Designer unknown.
I don’t know what the hell it is, but I think I like it.
“Last dance. Last chance for love.”
Frankie Knuckles turns to Derrick May. They both simultaneously shout “ROAD TRIP!”
JUST IMAGINE: A world where George Clinton became EIC of Marvel instead of Jim Shooter.
It’d be too good for this world, I’ll tell you that. I guess he’ll just have to settle for one of the weirder shout-outs in comics.