yall are real quick on attacking young female artists lol
oops, imma delete all that
just a reminder that the media fucks shit up on regular basis. - http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/11/26/lorde-nicki-minaj-drake-lana-del-rey-irrelevant_n_4342957.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000003
but I think there is important conversation being had about white artists critiquing hip hop culture whether or not she meant to diss Drake and Nicki.
She didn’t “mean it” like nobody ever means it.
THE DEBUT EP: Around the middle of last year I started listening to a lot of rap, like Nicki Minaj and Drake, as well as pop singers like Lana Del Rey. They all sing about such opulence, stuff that just didn’t relate to me—or anyone that I knew. I began thinking, “How are we listening to this? It’s completely irrelevant.” I basically just wrote what we were all thinking. I tend to start with a full set of lyrics, and then my producer, Joel Little, and I work on the music collaboratively. As I’ve become more musically competent, we’ll start with a beat, but everything revolves around the lyrics. I wanted to put the EP up for free because being teenager, and not having a credit card—I mean, who has a credit card at 16?!—I just thought people my age would appreciate it.
If she’s going to be pumped up as such an awesome sensitive word smithing wunderkind, can someone please remind her words mean things?
By framing the music she was listening to (Nicki Minaj/Drake) as the problem and she is the solution that is an issue.
It is one thing to grow up and change your musical tastes. That happens.
But it is entirely fair to be hard on more White kids (American or no) who take to the “high road” of criticising Hip hop (White feminists I am looking at a lot of you) without also leveling the same types of critique and thought at those who are in real power is troubling.
Or why not call out as someone else already said the boot strapping culture.
No call out for greedy fuck corporate America?
It is always hip hop that is presented as the be all end all of consumerism culture or “problem’ wealth and opulence whether it is this child or some other “well intentioned” white person.
Can people really stop?
Also can we not ignore that this artist has a pattern of shitting on other artists because they aren’t doing the same thing she is under the guise of, it’s just an opinion
And let me mention how telling it is that everyone comes riding to the defense of the White person who put their foot in their mouth.
I see what is happening. She says some shit, everyone comes to her defense because she’s White and pretty and saying what people think is the antithesis of “gross” hip hop etc so the actual necessary conversation about how White artists treat Blackness gets drowned out by the “But she didn’t MEAN it’s”.
I don’t see people do that for Azaelia Banks when she says stupid shit.
This touched a nerve today.
Also see this post I reblogged earlier for a more succinct version.
I’m so sick of white “hipstery” artists (Lorde, Macklemore) being critical of the assumed materialism of hip hop culture (and by extension Black people) without being critical of the “American Dream”, the boot straps myth, and capitalism in general. But that’s too profound for them, they’d end up critiquing the very system that’s got them spots on the billboard’s top 100. Can’t have that.