that dog. “Grunge Couple”
that dog. “Grunge Couple”
Listening to/watching this video of two of my favorite humans/babes/fellow rock camp volunteers covering “Teenage Dream”, both because I adore and respect them, but also because they’re NOT K*ty P*rry
But also because some douchey music critic who writes for douchey, fraudulent publications was just tweeting some nonsense about music critics not knowing anything about music theory that of course totally failed to get at issues of inaccessibility and exclusion and came off as disgustingly smug and entitled, and started all of it by talking about the original version of this song. Naturally I wanted to listen to it for what he said about its harmonic progression, even though I detest KP’s culturally-appropriating face. Nerd alert.
"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.