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Mof Gimmers: white man be listening to Lady Gaga like this, black man be listening to Lady Gaga like this

February 25, 2010 12 comments

One of the best message board threads I ever read (and if that’s not a thrilling opening to a piece, I don’t know what is) was on the topic of “racial puppetry in right-wing comics”. It discussed how, in American political cartooning, it’s disturbingly common for white, middle-class reactionary cartoonists to put their conservative viewpoints in the mouths of black characters (see Prickly City, Mallard Fillmore and Day By Day for examples). It’s basically a form of inverted strawmanning: you create a fictitious character that agrees with you, and then you blackface him up in order to demonstrate that you, and your made-up advocate, represent The Other. And, boy, was I ever reminded of this concept when I foolishly decided to look at The Quietus today. Read more…

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Which rap blogger wants to have sex with a 10-year-old girl?

February 21, 2010 10 comments

So anyway, in between its usual award-winning mix of K’Naan MP3s and Jewish self-loathing, Hip Hop Is Read recently contained this little post. The “HHH” in question refers to “hot Hebrew honey”, rather than pro-wrestling’s favourite Lemmy fanboy. Read more…

Da Capo Best Music Writing 2010

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

This is from a fucking Official Twitter account, people. That means that an actual PR agent, on around 30k a year, sat down and wrote this.

The entire lyric sheet for “Ready to Die”, as placed through wordle.com

February 18, 2010 Leave a comment

Refuse to believe I’m the only person to have ever had this idea for a cheap filler blog post. Let me know who else has done it and I’ll give credit. Clickthrough for full-size.

Freeway – Freeway’s Beard

February 18, 2010 3 comments

I currently have chronic, sleep-disrupting toothache, and resultantly am subsiding entirely on Ibuprofen and Relentless at the moment. This track, and the fact that I was able to finish the Indie’s cryptic crossword on only three hours sleep, are the only things that have provided me with any joy these past 24 hours (“Royal Mail employee showing anxiety after leaving motorway (12)” is a great clue, fwiw). Read more…

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The Stylus Decade: Stycast 2010

February 15, 2010 3 comments

Remember The Stylus Decade? No, me neither. As part of the proceedings, myself and Ferg O’R, who used to do the “Push It To The Limit” stycast, were asked to come together and do a celebratory one-off podcast talking about Stylus’s history, the noughties and music, and the like. Instead we just made a load of rape gags that we then cut out of the final version, but for some reason this still didn’t pass muster with Stylus bigwigs, and so it never was presented to the public. Until now. After the cut, knock yourself out: Read more…

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The now dead Doug Fieger: not a hip-hop icon

February 14, 2010 1 comment

And don’t front like you’re not fucking with “My Sharona”, because the only way someone who wrote a better song will die in 2010 is if Warren Zevon rises from the grave only to be hit by a car immediately afterwards. There’s quite often a schtick amongst rap bloggers for, when a non-rap celebrity passes on, to throw up a few hundred words on said cadaver’s contribution, intended or not, to hip-hop. If you’re really lucky, you can then have your post copied word-for-word by The Guardian. Doug Fieger, while undoubtedly behind an A+ track, didn’t contribute much to rap. But there were two songs he was sampled on… Read more…