Kendrick at the Grammys

With this performance, he raised what it means to perform at the Grammy  to a completely new level. Wow. http://player.ooyala.com/iframe.js#ec=trOW14MDE6gCowO43SPHW0Wdr_Ehb2Xy&pbid=dcc84e41db014454b08662a766057e2b He also won all of the rap categories. Album of the year, however, went to (the also very talented and wonderful) Taylor Swift. Oh, well. I might just be old, but I was interested in …

No More Parties in LA

New Kanye West track feat. Kendrick Lamar. Damn, this sounds so timeless. I wanted to say that this finally puts Kanye-the-music-genius over the Kanye-the-awkward-celebrity again, but people are already debating whether Kendrik is taking shots at Kim Kardashian, or whether or not Nori is wearing real fur. Then again, this is basically another step towards reality star …

Angel Haze Fixed “Same Love”

Angel Haze freestyled over the beat and Mary Lambert sung hook of Macklemore’s ‘Same Love’ – and turned it into the queer song it should’ve been all along. This is brilliant. Some of the lyrical highlights, via buzzfeed: At age 13 my mother knew I wasn’t straight she didn’t understand but she had so much to …

Mayor Bloomberg Responds to Kendrick Lamar’s Control Verse (by jasirix) I’m a big fan of the political podcast This Week in Blackness, and appreciate friend of the show Jasiri X, a really, really, realyy good conscious rapper. I’ve linked to their collaboration 10 Frisk Commandments Remix before. He also did a great track in tribute …

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, …