1.doctor rock gonzo et al...i really don't have the energy for the whole rockist debate..cause i think the effects of anti-rockism sometimes let rock critics set up things on different slant the wrong way too...
but ""A rockist isn't just someone who loves rock 'n' roll, who goes on and on about Bruce Springsteen, who champions ragged-voiced singer-songwriters no one has ever heard of. A rockist is someone who reduces rock 'n' roll to a caricature, then uses that caricature as a weapon. Rockism means idolizing the authentic old legend (or underground hero) while mocking the latest pop star; lionizing punk while barely tolerating disco; loving the live show and hating the music video; extolling the growling performer while hating the lip-syncher. " By KELEFA SANNEH NYTimes October 31, 2004."
but really i like auto-tune so we are gonna go very far.
it makes shit sound like robots. futuristic and such
who is william holiday?http://www.nytimes.com/2004/10/31/arts/ ... wanted=all
2-rollie-rappers been staying and copping gear forever....
and disrespecting woman who can't defend themselves.
as far as "all falls down"
"[Verse - Kanye West]
Man I promise, she's so self conscious
She has no idea what she's doing in college
That major that she majored in don't make no money
But she won't drop out, her parents will look at her funny
Now, tell me that ain't insecurrre
The concept of school seems so securrre
Sophmore three yearrrs aint picked a careerrr
She like fuck it, I'll just stay down herre and do hair
Cause that's enough money to buy her a few pairs of new Airs
Cause her baby daddy don't really care
She's so precious with the peer pressure
Couldn't afford a car so she named her daughter Alexus (a Lexus)
She had hair so long that it looked like weave
Then she cut it all off now she look like Eve
And she be dealing with some issues that you can't believe
Single black female addicted to retail and well
[Chorus - repeat 2x (w/ Kanye ad-libs)]
[Verse - Kanye West]
Man I promise, I'm so self conscious
That's why you always see me with at least one of my watches
Rollies and Pasha's done drove me crazy
I can't even pronounce nothing, pass that versace!
Then I spent 400 bucks on this
Just to be like nigga you ain't up on this!
And I can't even go to the grocery store
Without some ones thats clean and a shirt with a team
It seems we living the american dream
But the people highest up got the lowest self esteem
The prettiest people do the ugliest things
For the road to riches and diamond rings
We shine because they hate us, floss cause they degrade us
We trying to buy back our 40 acres
And for that paper, look how low we a'stoop
Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coop/coupe
[Chorus - repeat 2x (w/ Kanye ad-libs)]
[Verse - Kanye West]
I say fuck the police, thats how I treat em
We buy our way out of jail, but we can't buy freedom
We'll buy a lot of clothes when we don't really need em
Things we buy to cover up what's inside
Cause they make us hate ourself and love they wealth
That's why shortys hollering "where the ballas' at?"
Drug dealer buy Jordans, crackhead buy crack
And a white man get paid off of all of that
But I ain't even gon act holier than thou
Cause fuck it, I went to Jacob with 25 thou
Before I had a house and I'd do it again
Cause I wanna be on 106 and Park pushing a Benz
I wanna act ballerific like it's all terrific
I got a couple past due bills, I won't get specific
I got a problem with spending before I get it
We all self conscious I'm just the first to admit it"
. kanye was the first artist on a mainstream level to not draw a line in the sand.
where it's either "my fur game is at all time high" or "i'm sick of versace glasses" but explain this materialistic aspect of hip hop culture exists because people are compensating for something..
i remember a q-tip interview i read where he said that alot of nihilism in rap exist because people are getting shot..poverty all that stuff
but hip hop culture didn't allow vulnerability so even though cats are depressed....
the only way to channel it is in violence, and anger.
if you recall all the questions about minstrel culture
are black artists are allowed to express themselves as individuals by corperations and white listeners?
then "all falls down" is actually a really important song.
if you don't like kanye i feel it. he can be annoying. and the pity party that he throws for himself on this record is kinda hard to stomach...like i mean if you
want a sports car, and a kid with a report card you could prolly have them both..
but i really like the album. 1.cause i think it sounds good. 2.its mainstream manifestation of the fact that radiohead and t-pain get alot of burn within the black music community...
but...i feel you doug
jap city is hilarioushttp://nerdwithswag.com/negroes-with-purses-video/
Cool man, nice post. I was hoping you'd chime in.
And I agree that he was the first rapper in a long time to draw a line the sand, and for a while he straddled that line really, really well. Not only that, but he made really awesome beats, used interesting samples and had a truly innovative sound to go along with everything new he was saying.
But he lost me with the last album, its videos, and his public image as a whole beginning last year. His shit still sounds great, and I am glad you can honestly admit to why you are liking it rather than come up with some other defense - not that there aren't some other valid reasons out there, but I can tell you are being blunt and truthful with yours.
It is really good that Kanye has continued to try and bring in a lot of influences that haven't been fully explored to mainstream rap - whether it be Gary Numan, Radiohead, what have you - and make them palatable for the market. He still straddles that line really well. But I guess I'm disappointed that he's jumped the shark thematically, because I feel like with Rap music the themes you present are just as essential as the sound of the music to the overall feel of what you are doing.
But I've lost touch with a lot of his contemporaries and feel like I'm getting in over my head with this discussion.
he went from being vulnerable and also being a great rapper... to telling people he is a great rapper and that he is vulnerable....
Well said Mike. I guess I just at least want people to think about the things they listen to, and understand the products they consume.