When I think of what defines postmodern popular music, I place my criteria into two groups: sounds and subject matter. Sonically I think of music that draws on the forms and sounds of the two last great traditions in popular music: rock and hip hop. Topically, I think of the sometimes kitschy, always ironic critique, or maybe just deconstruction, of late capitalism that’s often associated with authors like David Foster Wallace.
The act that has best satisfied me in this way, sonically and topically, would be N*E*R*D. Their very embodiment of postmodernity can best be seen in . . . continue reading, and add your comments
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I’m using the Amazon clips widget to preview J-Live’s new album here. Click on the above box to listen to clips from any one of the album’s tracks.
J-Live has been one of my favorite MCs for going on 7 years now, and I constantly am surprised that more people don’t listen to his music. This guy is like your favorite unknown author . . . for years he’s been making music that’s better than, at least, 90% of all the hip hop out there, and yet the man can’t seem to get more than . . . continue reading, and add your comments
It just doesn’t get much better than this. Wait, of course, for the last 8 words.
Here’s a classic for you all.
Now this is what its all about–a rapper whose name is a literary reference. That’s nice.
I’m a pretty big fan of Little Brother and, since Edgar Allen Floe is a part of their crew (also known as the Justus League), I figured I’d give his album Floe Almighty: The Remixture a shot. Turns out it’s pretty nice. The track featured on this post isn’t my personal favorite off the album (I couldn’t find that one in the public domain), but this is a pretty good track. . . . continue reading, and add your comments
Now that he’s had as many number 1 albums as Elvis, people are finally beginning to recognize the kid of cultural force that Jay-Z represents. You can argue whether he’s the MC that deserves all this attention, but it’s pretty clear to me that American Gangster is his best album in years. It might be the best thing he’s released since his very first album, Reasonable Doubt. "No Hook" is one of the best tracks on this album.