Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ White Privilege

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis released a new song on Friday called “White Privilege II” along with a new album. It’s less pop radio friendly that his hits, and is a 9 minute reflection by Macklemore on white privilege, white supremacy, the way he benefits from it and how he is somewhat complicit in it. I …

Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrows – YouTube16-year old actress Amandla Stenberg* together with a classmate, produced a great video making a concise argument about (pop) cultural appropriation, hip hop, and Black culture. She ends with the important question: “What would America be like if we loved Black people as much as Black culture?”(*Rue in …

Trve Metal and Bourdieu

While Pierre Bourdieu is talking about bourgeois (art/serious) music, this argument the French sociologist makes in an interview with Cyril Huvé could be applied to discussions (and fights) in current pop music genres and subcultures, like metal, hardcore, punk, hip hop, techno, indie, folk, etc.:  “What is intolerable for thise who have a certain taste, that’s …

A word on “bitch.” I initially felt that the album was a beautifully produced work of misogyny. That mostly came from me giving a quick, inattentive listen. Good Kid deserves a lot better. It is that rare rap record that actually abandons triumphalism, invulnerability, and wears the mask. Rappers like to claim to be broadcasters, …

“Film the Police” by B. Dolan feat. Toki Wright, Jasiri X, Buddy Peace, Sage Francis is sort of a Strange Famous Records all-star re-working of N.W.A.’s “Fuck the Police” in response to the perceived increase of police brutality surrounding the Occupy protests.  I’m still not claiming A.C.A.B., but maybe one of the results of these protests …