Le1f - “Snacks”
I break out the cocoa butter cause their psyche is ashy
Florence & the Machine & the xx Vs. the very best - You’ve got the love
Dave End - “And By Queen”
I may have posted this before but I don’t give a fuck. Cause it’s make me wanna cry in the most beautiful way possible.
I’m currently obsessed.
I know I know. i’m jumping on the current bandwagonniest of bandwagons but a bitch don’t give a shit.
Die Antwoord - Enter the Ninja
The Lady is a Tramp | Tony Bennett ft. Lady Gaga
I’ve had this on repeat all day and there is no shame in my game! After being in New York City for the past 9 days, I know that this song embodies everything NYC! Aside from being an amazing classic Jazz jam, it showcases a side of Gaga’s voice we don’t always get. Perfection! The song will serve as the opening track on Bennett’s forthcoming album “Tony Bennett: Duets II”.
Love her jazz voice. Honestly.
In discussions of hip hop homophobia there seems to be a constant need to paint everyone with the same brush.
While a great deal of mainstream Hip Hop is very dependent on a machismo aesthetic, there are layers to a lot of the artists that are constantly ignored in a continued effort to lump them into a monolithic group of homo haters.
The same Ice Cube who once said “true niggas aint gay” is the same Ice Cube who also participates in AIDS/HIV philanthropy & whose sitcom “Are We There Yet” recently had a nuanced portrayal of a young Black teenage male (a rarity in mainstream media of any kind) with little to no fanfare.
The same Common that said “in a circle of faggots your name is mentioned”, also spit bars like “how could I judge him/had to accept him if I truly loved him/no longer he said had he hated himself/through sexuality he liberated himself”
That being said, none of that excuses or makes their (or their peers) lyrics any less problematic.
Conversations about homophobia (as well as gender & misogyny) in hip hop need to happen but there’s also something to be said of the constant reduction of hip hop artists to one aspect of their art.
But then again it’s always easier for the media to create scary strawmen of color then to treat Black Men (and Women) as three dimensional human beings.
Yes this conversation needs to be had with ALL elements of these artists’ lives and activisms involved; however, AIDS and HIV research and advocacy IS NOT THE SAME THING AS SUPPORTING GAY RIGHTS MUCH LESS ABSOLUTION FROM HETEROSEXISM AND HOMOPHOBIA.
WHEN ARE WE GONNA GET IT THAT AIDS ISNT JUST A GAY ISSUE ANY GODDAMN MORE? SERIOUSLY.
The fuck is this shit. do not have the time to deal with this nonsense.
Stick up for people with problematic lyrics. Sure, OP. Sure.
How come every time actions and words don’t line up, people are more concerned with actions? WORDS FUCKING DO DAMAGE TOO.
What you say and what you do inevitably won’t always match up, but think of this. When a song is published, IT DOESN’T GO AWAY. SOMEONE SOMEWHERE HAS IT.
There will always be a record of these artists saying fucked up things. They will always be heard. They will always be interpreted negatively. No getting around that.
This is me ranting because I’m tired of the misogyny and the heterosexism in lyrics.