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Keyshia Cole - Next time (Won’t Give My Heart Away)


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koolaidkids:

The World Is Yours - Nas

Illmatic

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See you April 2, Paris

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See you April 2, Paris

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Talib Kweli feat. Abby Dobson - State of Grace (Official Music Video) (by talibkweli)

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J. Cole - She Knows (Born Sinner) Feat. Amber Coffman


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real-hiphophead:

Joey Bada$$ - 1999

The album artwork and the original photo

Waves

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modrules:

music pie chart

modrules:

music pie chart

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Paranoid — Ty Dolla $ign ft. B.o.B (x)


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T-Pain - Up Down (Do This All Day) featuring B.o.B


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gradientlair:

It’s hard to be an up & coming female rapper nowadays because people don’t know what to do with us. Like, they don’t know what to do with women in Hip-Hop, so the best thing to do is to pit them against each other and it’s like, ‘You are gonna be better than her because she’s the only one doing it right now,’ and there are so many male rappers now that no one says that about. [X]

My young Twitter peeps have been telling me to check out her music for a long while. Now I finally have and it’s great. Good tracks, incredible lyrical skill and timing, great storytelling; really powerful. And kudos to her for thinking about “greats” being a group of women and not ones who have to fight for the top position within the Male Gaze in hip hop. 

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Joey Bada$$ - Waves


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Not to go all in on phoboskitty, but there are critical flaws with his “reasoning" and, #notsorry, but with his basic reading comprehension as well. And lots of people commenting, asking or reblogging this post keep making the same errors (lookin at you too keef2121). But that’s aight…coz Imma helper. Lemme help:

1) the Music Club article very specifically and clearly read, “Number of Black acts that have topped the Billboard 100 (in 2013)” 

the keyword here is TOPPED. As in Number 1. Not number 3, or number 15, or number 17, or number 20, and not number 25…see how that works? Oddly enough, number 1 actually means #1…and everything else is, by definition, not "the top" and also not number 1

Now…they could have just as easily said #1, but I figured that out before I even went online to find the link and read the article. It’s really not a difficult concept…I maybe give it a 1/10 on the “got it?” scale

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Basic 8th grade reading comprehension test: if  a tv host had the #1 Billboard Hot 100 artist standing onstage with the #3, #15 and the #25 ranked artists and pointed to the #25 artist and said, "hey, you’re at *the top* of the Billboard Hot 100 today!" do you think the #1 artist might have a prob with that? 

Get It?…Got it?…Good!

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Moving on…

other articles have also addressed the cultural appropriation, erasure and Whitewashing of rap music and hip hop 

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[SN: IMHO it is not a coincidence that at the Grammys, on the BillBoard Hot 100, in politics, voter suppression, with the war on women and reproductive rights, anti-marriage equality movements, (ultra conservative) editorial journalism, etc., that many of the (legacy) powers that be all seem to be threatening to revert back, in tandem, to a pre-1960s type mentality & behaviors. We are living in a time of great social change and witnessing social upheaval as the very nature and racial makeup of the country is changing and some legacy structures are trying to clap back]

2) and this is the part that really gets me: several tumbloggers have either directly messaged me or reblogged this post with comments similar to @phoboskitty’s, saying, well hey, “BillBoard’s HOT 100 is based on record sales” so totes meritocracy. Like no White privilege involved AT ALL, right? Wrong. Structural White privilege (the flip side of racism) permeates every aspect of American life, to the point that it is literally invisible

Now…I am in no way suggesting that Black people should therefore pack up & call it a day, bc not trying your damnedest is always ill advised in this life and ppl so easily forget about ‘the rules’ often imposed on us in this game called life. BUT…casually invoking the myth of meritocracy in race centered convos is the biggest jujitsu flip employed against Black people since the invention of tokenism. Structural White privilege has ALWAYS been present in the music industry, just like every other aspect of life in America

For example: MTV initially refused to even play rap music or hip hop. And it took nothing less than a mega star of Michael Jackson’s stature to make them reconsider. That’s kinda like picking players for a game of pickup basketball, but saying, “well, I’ll pick any White guy for the team as long as they have a pulse, but if I pick a Black guy, they need to be Michael Jordan”

Same thing for the Grammys. They also followed “the formula.” What’s “the formula” you say? Glad you asked. Here it is:

step 1: ridicule (or exclude) Black culture. doesn’t matter if it’s AAVE or rap music, or twerking, or fashion, or…whatever, just make fun of it or ignore it altogether. Until…

step 2: appropriate. once the marginalized culture attracts a sufficient White gaze, move in and commence operation “playBlack" (aka Cultural Appropriation) Because $$ 

step 3: erasure. that’s right…now that all of those poor old White rap artists are finally getting some deserved attention </snark> after not being duly recognized for yet another music form they did not create (hello there Jazz music; hiya Rock-N-Roll) it’s time to delete any Black faces from the awarding process…unless they’re being used as props, to boost your street creds, that is

If you’re ~*still*~ asking yourself how tf did the Grammys give it up for Macklemore as THE lgbtq, best rap musician savior whilst totally ignoring Frank Ocean, then please refer back to steps 1 - 3

It never ceases to amaze me how some people can acknowledge White privilege run amuck in the Oscars, the housing industry, the criminal justice system, the banking industry, in voting rights, and in politics and even in our education system, but racism in the music industry? Pshhh…nah…we’re all just supposed to act like the music biz is somehow magically isolated from the rest of reality

Here’s the deal:

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not necessarily in this order, but radio spins impacts record sales, which impacts YouTube hits, which impacts MTV plays, (better believe that back in tha day MTV exposure—or the lack thereof—made or broke careers) which impacts iTunes promotions, which impacts the Grammys awards…etc…and guess who doesn’t own ANY major radio stations, or YouTube or iTunes nor comprise any significant voting presence in the Grammys? *Alex I’ll take ‘who are Black people’ for $100* 

I have fams in the music biz, and I’ve seen them press local radio stations to give their music more air time. And I’ve also seen what the pros with big $$ and a record label pushing them can do. Naively believing that it’s always just the best record that gets played the most on radio stations is so b*tch basic that I can hardly fathom how people can even believe that crap 

So to all the Macklemore & JT stanz so very desperate to protect their paper tiger, psuedo-rappers that they expect me to completely ignore the reality that it was the novelty of their White skin in a Black music genera that got them their props more than their talent..? Nah…you can miss me with that noize bc it’s not gonna happen

Oh yeah, and to the anon who *still* keeps messaging me that JT is exempt bc “he’s a solid 7/10”…I agreeeeeee!! He IS a *solid* 7/10…and that’s precisely why I can’t see awarding him a gold, silver or bronze in rap/hiphop/RnB game

All you meritocracy trolls wandering into my corner of tumblr naively talmbout “meritocracy” and “it’s just based off of radio spins” can kindly go straight to hell and listen to Same Love for all eternity

And seriously major props to intersectionalfeminism for such eloquent and thoughtful commentary and to iclavdivs for bringing up that Janet Jackson/Justin Timberlake article that I had never read before 

but the rest of y’all gon learn my ask box & post comments ain’t the place for your ignant fuckery

#OdinOut


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Jhene Aiko - Everything Must Go


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