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6 December 2009

Hip-hop & male anxiety

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(Image via Pigeons & Planes)

Two bits of hip-hop/r&b media have come to my attention in the last few days. First give a listen to R. Kelly’s new jam called “Pregnant” over at The Fader. (I’ve included a YouTube stream at the end of the post.) Second check out this latest Saturday Night Live digital short featuring Rhianna. Look soon as I imagine NBC will get this pulled down within 24 hours.

If I were to forecast what this particular weather pattern meant for the hip-hop community’s constant crisis of defining masculinity & femininity, my prediction at this moment would be hail stones, gall stones, buckets of responsibility with a slight chance of emasculation.
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5 November 2009

Julian Casablancas, before & after

In their not-so-complimentary review of Julian Casablancas’ solo debut, Pitchfork pointed to this fierce 2002 performance from the David Letterman show by his band The Strokes.

My lord.

They point, then, to this narcotized looking performance from last week’s Conan O’Brien show.

My lord. For very different reasons.

As one of the commenters on The Strokes video put it:

    Dear The Strokes,
    Please find it again.
    Sincerely, All your fans´╗┐

A few days ago I complained about emeritus rock critic Robert Hilburn’s “limitations as he contended with newer pop stars.” I try not to put musicians on a pedestal, but maybe it’s the newer pop stars who have limitations.

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