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Silent Party #1 | Pitchfork
You may have one or several of these stories yourself: Moments when you realized that an active approach toward listening could be more than recombining track orders, and that research could be as rewarding as the listening process itself. Like any other form of media, we should look at music not so much as a "thing" but as "a way of doing something." Music is a process: An active, never-ceasing dialogue between creators and listeners with infinite outcomes.
music  copyright  creativity  law  media  songwriting  listening  hiphop 
5 days ago by allaboutgeorge
BBC - Travel - How Italians influenced a South American dialect
Lunfardo spread through everyday conversation, and it wasn’t long before the slang started appearing in literature, journalism and even theatre. But it was the birth of the tango-canción (tango song) that cemented lunfardo’s role in Argentinian culture.
language  argentina  southamerica  spanish  immigration  hiphop  music  creativity 
january 2018 by allaboutgeorge
Pittsburg looking to make a splash in Bay Area rap culture -
"If I tell someone outside of the bay that I'm from Pittsburg, they'll be like 'Pennsylvania?'"
hiphop  from twitter
august 2015 by allaboutgeorge
allaboutgeorge | This Is My Jam
"I miss her/The real me/Nowadays I'm stonefaced/I don't even feel me/I don't even feel me"
hiphop  from twitter
april 2013 by allaboutgeorge
After 30 Years, I Finally Went To A Barry Manilow Concert : The Record : NPR
I liked pop and didn't know to call it that. Liked pop and didn't know that me liking it is what in fact made it popular. I didn't know to articulate anything about pop phrasings, straightforward melodies and the crisp, bold enunciations that with some luck and a promo budget meant millions would request a song at radio, meant millions would purchase singles and albums and T-shirts and lunchboxes, would contribute to the radio/sales/tour/merchandise quadruped that, until the internet and "views" and "free," meant a song could gallop to the top, and be, in ways that are more elusive now, a really big show. An artist could reach the kind of places that are, as Jay-Z says, "higher than weather." I didn't know that Barry Manilow made himself as much as he was made. I didn't know he was raised by a single mother in (Williamsburg) Brooklyn. I didn't know what Brooklyn was.
music  1970s  hiphop  celebrity  memory 
february 2013 by allaboutgeorge
Kanye West - ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ -
Welcome to 2011, a year that — once the last of the snow is scraped away — will bring new hope, the promise of renewal, a chance to wake up in a world in which Kanye West’s “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” is not the consensus pick for album of the year. [...]
attention  reputation  music  criticism  pop  hiphop  art  creativity  social  power 
january 2011 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Why We Fight: Why We Fight #8
We can probably spend a minute thinking about all the things that might be lost without the model of the album as a coherent statement-- the same way we can worry about what happens if people rarely sit down for deep, focused engagement with something like a book. But you can't really deny that this ongoing-stream version of following music is a good match for how people experience life and consume information. It's actually the same vantage on pop music that's always been held-- by radio listeners, party regulars, mixtape shoppers, pop-chart followers, folks everywhere. Packets and bursts and narratives.
business  celebrity  hiphop  music  pop  attention  story  radio  life  information  books  presence 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Kanye West Releases My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and Develops New Side Businesses - The Daily Beast
"There aren’t a hundred brands interested in Kanye like they are Jay-Z. The partners that are interested in him are niche and select. But that’s not a bad thing. He can position himself with brands as exactly what he is, which is a curator of high-end lifestyle products. Instead of being a mile wide and an inch deep, his strategy is to be an inch wide and a mile deep."
hiphop  marketing  business  fashion  music  songwriting 
november 2010 by allaboutgeorge
‘Head of the State’ - Baracka Flacka Flames’s Obama Parody -
"'We somewhat got a hood pass, we talked to some O.G.’s,' Mr. Davis said, referring to original gangsters."
hiphop  from twitter
october 2010 by allaboutgeorge
The Vocab - Culture - The Atlantic
It's easy to get caught up in how different the music might have been had she stayed. But it's a fool's errand. Lauryn never asked for the burden we heaped on her shoulders, and there's no guarantee that she would have carried it. History is what is, and I have no real complaints about what has become of hip-hop. To the contrary, I'm grateful for those years when I was in love. They changed my life. But off to The Suburbs now, I guess.
hiphop  culture  aesthetics  music  women 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
East Bay Express: Phife Dawg's Triumphal Return
"People tend to look at [artists] like we're larger than life, but at the end of the day we have feelings like anyone else," Phife said. "We do real things like real people do. We go through trials and tribulations, and that's why I have no problem speaking on it now and telling my story."
hiphop  oakland  antioch  art  creativity  atcq 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Queer Oakland: Juba Kalamka, the Lyrical Misanthrope | Oakland Local
“I think it’s important to make it clear, especially to young people … I do art, and I have a job that I get up and go to every morning," he says. "Sometimes I get to fly somewhere and do a show. I’m happy doing both. There’s nothing the matter with it. If I had the opportunity to be on the road 200 days out of the year, that’s not the kind of life that I’m interested in.

“I like being home; I like being around my family. My kids know who I am, that I’m just this dork. I empty cat boxes and take out the garbage on Wednesdays. There’s nothing the matter with it. I’m tired of this investment in the idea that in order to make art, in order to have notoriety around your work, you have to be tragic, and people gaping at the spectacle of that when it’s happening.”
queer  oakland  bisexual  art  creativity  music  hiphop  work  attention  identity  jobs 
september 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork: Articles: Grind to Get It
"When my music starts moving forward, it's helping me get more and more out the streets. I'm starting to get more show opportunities to supplement my income and take care of my family. There's ways to make money in music; you just have to go about it in different areas, other than selling a solid, physical record."
music  hiphop  internet  economy  media  pitchfork  entertainment  disruption  myspace  social  socialnetworking 
may 2010 by allaboutgeorge
Aquarium Drunkard :: Decade :: Danger Mouse, The Grey Album
While we are still mapping out a genre or sound on which to pigeonhole this decade, the 00s could easily be called ‘the decade of the mash-up.’ But as much as artists like Girl Talk and myriad home-studio producers have carved out their own creations, when I think of that particular art form, one album always comes first to mind: Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album.
music  mashup  hiphop  creativity  beatles 
october 2009 by allaboutgeorge
Popping Up Your Collar -
[...] So guys, there's nothing foppish about turning up the collar on leather jackets, coats and some shirts. Check yourself out in the mirror from all angles to experiment with ways to pop up that collar ever so slightly, so that it looks stylish and not too studied. [...]
men  fashion  style  hiphop 
january 2009 by allaboutgeorge
The egos have landed | Salon Arts & Entertainment
Why is something that ought to hurt the ear so damn listenable? Partly it's because the tunes are so spare in their construction. But it's mostly because there's a unity of form and content. These abrasive digital effects -- noises that make the ear flinch, like the sudden surge of distortion on the vocal early on in "Love Lockdown" -- are motivated by the desire to find new ways to communicate pain. West wants to make his music sound how he feels, which is raw, skinless, unprotected.
music  reviews  hiphop  rock  aesthetics  beauty  creativity 
november 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Kanye West Premieres "Love Lockdown" At The VMAs - Video - Stereogum
"the whole t-pain autotune fuckery is one trend in rap that got old REALLY quickly. it's sort of a shame that the mainstream rappers that are actually GOOD don't want to rap anymore: they just want to sing badly and make their voices sound like a cheap alternative to using a vocoder."
music  hiphop  songwriting 
september 2008 by allaboutgeorge
The Audacity of Hov :
"That’s the beauty of rap: I’m not Jay-Z and can do whatever—it doesn’t work like that. With rap, it’s always about the next project, no matter who you are! It’s about what’s current, what’s happening right this second."
hiphop  quotes  music  work  business  ethics  creativity 
august 2008 by allaboutgeorge
On the dopeness of "The Wackness" - Beyond the Multiplex -
"All this great music was coming out then. Especially the hip-hop -- that was what I connected to on a visceral, personal level. The music you're listening to really determines a lot about your memories."
hiphop  cinema  film  movies  nyc  music  aesthetics  identity  cities 
july 2008 by allaboutgeorge
CBC Radio | The Current | Whole Show Blow-by-Blow
"We heard some musings from Sean Cole, an American radio reporter based in Boston who not-so-secretly pines to be a Canadian. But that dream inspired some grappling with our perceived differences [...]"
usa  identity  canada  immigration  travel  aesthetics  sports  hiphop  business  marketing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
A raunchy best seller gets Germans talking - International Herald Tribune
"It's not feminist in a political sense, but instead feminism of the body, that has to do with anxiety and repression and the fear that you stink, and this for me is clearly feminist, that one builds confidence with your own body."
books  criticism  germany  sex  women  aesthetics  feminism  writing  novels  hiphop  marketing 
june 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Baby Got Book...Little in the middle but she got much book
"A word to the bookmarked sisters, I wanna get with ya. Good grammar's my bit, yeah."
books  novels  writing  songwriting  hiphop 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Urban Legends Reference Pages: Barack Obama Endorsed by the KKK
"It's not surprising a spoof article claiming the Ku Klux Klan has endorsed the latter for President (since 'anything is better than Hillary Clinton') would gain currency."
president  politics  obama  music  interviews  hiphop  election  race 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
At home with the Doggs ... | Urban | Music
"The KKK gave Obama money." "Really?" "YES." "They was one of his biggest supporters." "I've never heard that." "YES. Why wouldn't they be? The media won't tell you that. They don't want you to know that."
president  politics  obama  music  interviews  hiphop  election 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Washington Wire - : 50 Cent: 'Obama to the End Now, Baby!'
“To be honest, I haven’t been following that anymore. I lost my interest. I listened to some of the debates and things that they were saying, and I just got lost in everything that was going on [...]"
president  politics  obama  music  interviews  hiphop  election 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge | Hip-Hop On A Higher Level | » DMX Here I Am
"So you’re not following the race. You can’t vote right?" "Nope." "Is that why you’re not following it?"
"No, because it’s just—it doesn’t matter. They’re gonna do what they’re gonna do. [...]"
president  politics  obama  music  interviews  hiphop  election 
april 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Edmonton rapper Cadence Weapon decodes his new album - CBC Arts | Music
“You know what the problem with Canadian rap has been for the last 10, 15 years? It’s that all "[T]he rappers are trying to sound like they’re from the States. There’s been a major fear of having a Canadian identity in our rap community. It makes
hiphop  music  canada  identity  creativity  art 
march 2008 by allaboutgeorge
village voice > news > The Fabolous Life by Chloé A. Hilliard
"We're sitting in a theater watching him work, looking at his mind. Even when he comes out on the walkway, he comes out in a Mickey Mouse T-shirt—and he's supposed to be Marc Jacobs."
creativity  fashion  music  hiphop  nyc  aesthetics  identity 
february 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Global Grind: Missing The Mark - Liz Burr
"Where is the innovation? Aside from the startup mindset of innovation and creativity, what about hip-hop's element of innovation, being different, doing your own thing?"
social  socialnetworking  online  black  technology  hiphop 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
TI and Shop Boyz made the most stolen music of the year | News | Guardian Unlimited Music
"If Soulja Boy and Shop Boyz would have sold as many CDs as they did singles, they'd be household names. They'd be superstars on par with 50 Cent and Kanye West."
marketing  music  hiphop  aesthetics  economics  online  capitalism  mp3  social 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Beatles for sale: rappers, brands turn to Fab Four - Yahoo! News
"It's important that the world knows this music. It just can't be hidden forever, otherwise you're going to miss generations of music listeners."
marketing  songwriting  uk  business  corporations  rock  music  hiphop 
january 2008 by allaboutgeorge
Here are 10 plus 10 essential records from this decade | AccessAtlanta
"We firmly believe that anyone with open ears, an Internet connection and a reasonable music budget can remain a lifelong musical hipster." I've five of the first and five of the second.
music  rock  hiphop  indie  newspapers  criticism  2000s  atlanta  georgia 
december 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Did the Web Help Kanye Outsell 50 Cent? - Hip-Hop Rivalry - Graduation - Curtis
"Music is so easy to experience online relative to other media [...] The mistake that record labels make is to create the illusion that the artist is [personally] involved."
marketing  music  hiphop  online  business  corporations  elections 
september 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Why T-Pain is the perfect Web 2.0 pop star. - By Jody Rosen - Slate Magazine
"[T]he impassioned melismas that have powered black popular singing for decades are smoothed into synthetic gasps. In T-Pain's music, the last traces of Sunday morning's church service have been deleted from Saturday night's club anthem."
songwriting  black  technology  aesthetics  music  pop  hiphop 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge Author takes on hip-hop culture from the inside
"I was very clear about what the purpose of my vocation was. It wasn't to try to satisfy intellectuals who would remain quarantined to the ghettos of the academy."
academia  black  race  hiphop  books  washington  research 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Project X: Bringing The Family Along - Idolator
"There's little introduction necessary for this one. While on vacation in Minneapolis two weeks ago, I played my family the Top 10 of Billlboard's Hot 100 for July 7, 2007, and recorded their comments as best as I could."
music  family  minneapolis  weblogs  criticism  hiphop  pop  aesthetics 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: In Rap, Inner War Can Be a Trap
"Jay-Z knew how to hide sound in sense. His lyrics often sounded like plainspoken prose; it was only later that you noticed the hidden rhyme patterns and rhythms. By contrast, T. I. hides sense in sound."
hiphop  songwriting  aesthetics  identity  marketing  creativity  music  georgia  atlanta  writing  fiction 
july 2007 by allaboutgeorge
The Larry Lyons Experience: on hip-hop, hoes and bitch-ass-niggas
"What is it about the way in which masculinity is being constructed and replicated within hip-hop culture that makes homosexuality and homoeroticism so repulsive, yet alluring?"
gender  hiphop  music  men  beauty  love  sex  aesthetics  identity  gay  women 
june 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: The Concerts Found Onstage While Everyone Else Takes a Break
"I have faith that in any sound or collection of sounds, music lies therein. [...] It does sound crazy. Craziness is the root of many great musical ideas and the source for new ways of listening and considering the world around us."
music  aesthetics  art  classical  improvisation  creativity  urban  gonzo  outdoors  concerts  hiphop  podcasting  theater 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge Rapper 50 Cent's Mansion Up For Sale
"I was surprised it hadn't come on the market because we were expecting it. He's put a lot into it, and it's all very tasteful, except the stripper poles."
hiphop  realestate  connecticut  music 
may 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Harjo: Why the Imus story still matters : ICT [2007/04/27]
"[T]he Pew Research Center reported that 62 percent of white Americans think it's been covered too much. [...] 44 percent of African-American respondents said the amount of coverage was right and 18 percent said there was too little coverage."
race  media  ethnicity  sports  college  newjersey  hiphop  indian  black 
april 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Inside Bay Area - Fighting for hip-hop's identity more than just talk
"[O]nly 23 percent of white respondents reported that they listened to hip-hop daily, compared to 45 percent of Latino respondents and 58 percent of black respondents."
hiphop  identity  race  research  music 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
"My working definition? Oh, no. Here goes: an urban, youth-oriented culture based on rhyme and color that originated in black and Latino communities in New York in the '70s. But that's just a frame of reference, a starting point."
hiphop  black  latino  academia  education  identity  music  research 
march 2007 by allaboutgeorge
Pop music ignores wedded bliss, misery | Chicago Tribune
"We're not seeing so much focus on marriage because there isn't a central idea about relationships. There isn't this great narrative that everyone has tapped into. Now, there are a lot more ways of living your life that people are happy with."
sex  marriage  songwriting  relationships  friendship  pop  music  hiphop 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Calypsonians grow old, but beat is still strong
"I think it will always be with us because it's part of who we are ... it's the template. But to be honest, since globalization and the Internet, Trinidad as a whole hasn't felt as together as it used to be."
hiphop  music  ethnic  caribbean  globalization  internet  trinidad  journalism 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Hip-Hop Outlaw (Industry Version)
Jeff Chang: “The whole industry shifted to massive economies of scale, and mixtapes are a natural outgrowth and response to that.”
hiphop  radio  marketing  corporations  copyright  creativity  business  atlanta  georgia  music 
february 2007 by allaboutgeorge | 12/11/2006 | Insulting more than Oprah
"Black is many things. That's something Mr. Cent should consider next time he's holed up in his mansion in Farmington, Conn. (median income, $67,000, black population 1.5 percent) writing rhymes about how hard life is for poor black folks on mean streets.
hiphop  black  race  identity  aesthetics  marketing  music 
december 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: For a Fresh Mix, the Retro Kids Hit Rewind
"Inevitably, talk turned to the jheri curl — the greasy hairstyle that destroyed many a pillowcase and shirt collar. Who would get one for the sake of authenticity? No one volunteered. Some things, it seemed, were better left in the past."
identity  hiphop  fashion  1980s  music  nyc 
november 2006 by allaboutgeorge
WaPo: Why I Gave Up On Hip-Hop
"Mommy, can I just say something? You think every time you hear a black guy's voice it's automatically going to be something bad. Are you against hip-hop?"
hiphop  songwriting  music  black  radio  feminism  identity  parenting  children  language 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Little India: Desi Hip Hop
"Hip-hop has roots, but it is also a form of expression significant across race, color and class lines to people who identify with it."
hiphop  india  asian  identity  music  songwriting  ethnicity  creativity 
october 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Yahoo! News: 'Columbine' game was gunman's favorite
"He wrote that he hates jocks, preppies, country music and hip-hop."
columbine  hiphop  country  music  death  canada 
september 2006 by allaboutgeorge
Pitchfork Feature: Interview: Girl Talk
"Throughout hip-hop people have been putting different elements with different types of music. It's not about who created this source originally, it's about recontexualizing -- creating new music. It's not a hip-hop record straight up by any means."
pop  hiphop  music  aesthetics  rock 
august 2006 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Crooning and Rap, in Harmony
"Rappers can frame their gruff demands and commands as the perfect antidote to all that schmaltzy stuff. And crooners can frame their gentle, sentimental pleas as the perfect antidote to all that nasty stuff."
songwriting  radio  music  hiphop  marketing 
november 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: Silent Treatment
"[T]he shirts are nothing more than a fashion statement: a symbol of a rift - gaping, heartbreaking and raw - in American society catches on because it looks cool and famous people wear it."
fashion  men  law  black  white  police  hiphop  baltimore 
october 2005 by allaboutgeorge
NYT: To the Top: A Hip-Hop How-to
"My brother said, 'I can't work for $5 dollars an hour.' I said, 'You don't have a job.' I don't even understand it. I would work for $5 dollars an hour, learn that skill, learn that trade and eventually, I would own that company."
work  jobs  hiphop  music  books  business 
september 2005 by allaboutgeorge
LAT: Comes a time for a tux
"I can't rap. I think I've done everything else, so if I start to do that, just shoot me. But I love good rap. And most things I like do turn up in some form, so keep your eyes peeled."
neilyoung  1960s  hiphop 
may 2005 by allaboutgeorge
PopMatters' Mixtape Confessions: "Black and Blue"
"The whole point of negotiating with music in a live environment is confronting the unexpected, engaging in the delight of something that has never quite happened before and may never happen again."
music  rock  hiphop  blues  aesthetics  race  chicago 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge
Chimurenga Online: Excerpt from Carl Hancock Rux's "Asphalt"
"The bullets and the beats are saying we're all sinners here, this is a house of sinners, and sinners have no choice in the way of their souls. Bodies need bodies right now."
novels  afrofuturism  aesthetics  hiphop  music 
april 2005 by allaboutgeorge Canadian Hip Hop vs. America
“With U.S. labels and the way that they work, I always had to have nine people sign on one piece of paper for me to burn a CD in the studio. Before anything happens, nine planets gotta align."
canada  hiphop  usa  music  songwriting  aesthetics 
march 2005 by allaboutgeorge NYU's Public Enemy Conference: Night One Roundup
Jay Smooth brings the noise, I mean, notes, on an "It Takes A Nation of Millions" panel
rap  hiphop  nyc  panel  music  songwriting  criticism  aesthetics 
february 2005 by allaboutgeorge
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