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For Taylor Swift, the future of music is a love story

'There are a few things I have witnessed becoming obsolete in the past few years, the first being autographs. I haven't been asked for an autograph since the invention of the iPhone with a front-facing camera. The only memento “kids these days” want is a selfie. It's part of the new currency, which seems to be “how many followers you have on Instagram.”

In the future, artists will get record deals because they have fans—not the other way around.

Another theme I see fading into the gray is genre distinction. These days, nothing great you hear on the radio seems to come from just one musical influence. The wild, unpredictable fun in making music today is that anything goes. Pop sounds like hip hop; country sounds like rock; rock sounds like soul; and folk sounds like country—and to me, that’s incredible progress. I want to make music that reflects all of my influences, and I think that in the coming decades the idea of genres will become less of a career-defining path and more of an organizational tool.’

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(African American) Feelings.

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Why does a culture, at some point, decide to compose such a painful music?

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'…And the stars look very different today.'

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There are no stars in heaven.

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Music. Nostalgia. Melancholic. D minor.

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'it's all about jazz'.

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Life’s a Bitch.

'Life's a bitch and then you die; that's why we get high

Cause you never know when you’re gonna go

Life’s a bitch and then you die; that’s why we puff lye

Cause you never know when you’re gonna go

Life’s a bitch and then you die; that’s why we get high

Cause you never know when you’re gonna go

Life’s a bitch and then you die; that’s why we puff lye.’

Life’s a bitch and then you die.

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Life is Good.


'I want some who like the champagne I like

My a-alike, someone to talk me off the bridge any day or night

She teach me how to live, she ain’t afraid of life

Not easily impressed with the rich and famous life

Cause she done been there and heard all the rumors before

She love or she ride out with me on my music tour

She like the herbs natural medicine, she cooking good

She tell me everything is cool and looking good

For real, the world so ill

Yeah I want a girl so real

Who not after material wealth, but get dough still

Or maybe an educator, a lady with etiquette

Who can be from out the hood, or even work for the president

As long as there’s no selfishness

Yes, as long as her love for the people is deep rooted and evident

You can be easily recruited, you’re heaven sent

Your smile, put me on ease

You’re the woman I need, but where is she?’

…but life is good sometimes… and you find her. 

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(A)LIVE

Those powerful moments when the crowd becomes the main voice and the artist and the real performance.

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A Meditation on Britney's "...Baby One More Time"

ethanhein:

from The ToastThe Toast http://the-toast.net

'… designed to move your mood, not your mind.'

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White People and Hip-Hop

'But, in truth, the Tarzan narrative—that of a white infant, abandoned by its mother and father and raised by apes, who rises to dominate the non-white people and environment around him—gets closer to the heart of Eminem as a phenomenon. (“The baiting of Blacks was Tarzan’s chief divertissement,” wrote his creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, neatly summarizing 8 Mile’s climax.) As well, the Tarzan myth also neatly sockets into one of white supremacy’s most enduring structures; the Black facilitation of white development (BFWD); that is, Black people, often at great cost to themselves, working to, again, improve white people.'

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The Transformation of Hip-Hop into a Vehicle for White Rebellion (female version).

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The Transformation of Hip-Hop into a Vehicle for White Rebellion (female version).

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Is it possible to separate the message (lyrics) of a song and still like the song anyway?

(Because that’s the whole thing with most Hip-Hop’s songs).

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awesomepeoplehangingouttogether:

Amiri Baraka and Maya Angelou

Music and Poetry: The Story of African American Music.

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'Miss Calypso'… you will be missed.