bugs me how publications like complex will profile interesting artists in order to sell copies/get clicks and then shit on their records? it happens to me all the time- pitchfork and that ilk being like “can we interview you?” after totally taking the piss out of me in a review. have a stance on an artist and stick to it. don’t act like you respect them then throw them under the bus.
hahaha yes — i agree with this
these publications are not monoliths. they are staffed and edited and written and produced by several human individuals, each possessing their own ideas and opinions. you might have met some of these people when they were writing an article about you but you probably did not meet all of them. in fact many of these people have never even met one another, let alone the decision makers who plan and negotiate the cover stories from the top of the publishing pyramid (and rarely to never write a fucking word themselves).
suggesting that a magazine’s staff - let alone the freelancer who is not on the masthead but is increasingly responsible for producing this type of content in exchange for peanuts and pennies and open bar press passes - owes you a positive record review simply because you and your publicist were kind enough to grant their employers a mutually beneficial interview is tantamount to promoting corporate censorship in arts criticism. i would expect better thoughts about creativity from forward thinking young creatives like the one grimes and the other lorde.
(also that iggy azalea complex cover is from eight months ago - which means they set it up at least ten months ago - and the record review came out five days ago. is there a statute of limitations here or should a single cover shoot grant you an entire lifetime of fluffy pillow warm hug record reviews?)
Craig David - “Fill Me In” (Blacksmith remix)
There are more classic official remixes of “Fill Me In” than you have cousins but I heard this one today that immediately turned my blood into champagne. It’s on the b-side of the vinyl and from what I can tell has more or less slipped through the cracks — this video has 11,000 plays on YouTube which might as well be nothing.
This is basically like if “Fill Me In” was a 112 song and yes that’s as utopian as it sounds.
I feel it all.
Anonymous said: do u identify w/ norm core?
i don’t identify with anything about new york or anything that goes on there
How I fell into Rick Ross’s pool
Easily my crowning achievement as both a human and journalist happened in September when I fell into Rick Ross’s pool. In the story and in conversations I’ve tried to explain exactly how I fell into Rick Ross’s pool but the above diagram (screencap from RICKY ROZAY BASKETBALL VLOG) probably illustrates it best.
The red shows where I walked into his moat; the blue shows where I was supposed to walk. ALSO RICK ROSS’S BACKYARD HAS POOR LIGHTING.
Erykah Badu, “Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long” (2010)
This song means a lot to me.