"Independent Room"- Fugazi ft. Destiny’s Child
someone combined two of my favorite things
…I tend to be skeptical of combinations of hip hop/rb/pop and punk, ESPECIALLY combinations of white dudes with hella punk points and black women musicians who are generally not valued at all by the ‘punk scene’ (and not just mash ups, see also that tumblr post about Beyoncé being the ‘hip hop equivalent’ of The Shape of Punk to Come, hordes of white punks claiming Beyoncé because of the “***Flawless” video. Also don’t even get me STARTED on what an ignorant douche chugger Ian Almighty reveals himself to be in interviews when he talks about race and poverty in DC in interviews, UGH UGH UGH)
I’m sure that most of this is in good faith/out of respect for both artists and genres, but I still get an ugly vibe of ‘gifting’ white punk cred to black artists and their creations, so, again, skeptical.
All of that said, this actually works better than I expected it to, at least musically, yayyyy
Nicki Minaj “Looking Ass Niggas”
I debated about posting this video given the controversy and problmatic lines in the song, but Nicki also does a good job of calling out patriarchal attitudes that are dominant in society. Looking Ass Niggas calls to attention the habit of some men to lie about what they have or what they do to impress others. The reference of men “lying on their dicks” is calling attention to men who lie about who they have had sex with, as patriarchy teaches men to see women and sex as conquests, and the more you have the more respect you get.
While I personally enjoy most of the song, the line about raping is inappropriate and I do wish she had used a different choice of words. Yes, I get it, she didn’t mean literal rape, but either meant destroying these mens’ image or something to that affect. Still, use of the term rape makes light of actual rape, so a better choice of words would have been better. Secondly, the “non dick ass niggas” lines are cisnormative and a problem as well.
And while, it does not show up in the video, the use of Malcolm X’s photo as the cover photo for the song, can be construed as disrespectful, though Nick says she was not, in any way, calling Malcolm X a “lookin’ ass nigga.” So, while the song and imagery is problem, the overall message of the song does a great job of calling out men who lie and present a false image of them self in order to attract women and acquire status.
I can’t begin to express how much I appreciate this tumblr (blackfeministmusic, you’re all already following it right????), this post and this commentary is only one reason why.
Juliana Hatfield - What A Life
Remember that time Juliana Hatfield invented the Foo Fighters while Dave Grohl was writing their first album?
Dave Grohl wishes he was this good.
I mostly dig Dave Grohl but OMG at how on point this commentary is! !!!
Not about this turning into (returning to?) being a white ladies with guitars blog but, reblogging myself because this is just too good
Also, thinking seriously about a doing a special ‘white ladies with guitars!’ week on the rock and the single girl tumblr, you know for the pointed lols or whatever
Decolonize Europe: “Cherokee”
To quote the 1491s:
"There is absolutely nothing funny about the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Except when white guys in a European hair metal band make a song about it, and a video. But we say (but not often) whatever the white man can do, we can do better. Enjoy… your life might never be the same after this."
An all-native band remixing an 80s pop hair metal band…who’s name is EUROPE, you guys.