Party at the end of the world! Everyone’s invited! Prince Rama’s greatest hits album got tarred and glittered and then electrocuted itself during a bubble bath. Huge, glamorous production — so obsessed with itself…deprived of oxygen from too much hair gel. A+++
Surprise! Chillwave is still not over. And I am totally OK with it, and all of that funky/fuzzy synthy bouncy poppy-pop that this CD brings to the party.
FYI: pronounced “on you in you,” which makes sense, sort of.
I’m really into rap right now, probably a little too much. After last month’s A$AP Rocky concert, I can’t stop listening. It got to the point that my friends had to sit me down and remind me there is more music to be heard than solely Danny Brown. I realized I had to broaden my pallet; there is such a thing as overplaying an artist. But while staying within the confines of my beloved rap genre, I began to expand, listening to various other artists. In my expansion, I began listening to Kendrick Lamar. As his 2010 album, Section 80, was critically acclaimed, immense hype surrounded his latest release, good kid, m.A.A.d. city. I had to give it a listen. And though I can’t call it groundbreaking, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” is nonetheless a great album.
Although I don’t agree that “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” is the instant classic it has been deemed by various music publications, it still is ultimately a success. The production is varied, encompassing pseudo- electronica and hard guttural beats, with Lamar effectively
navigating his way lyrically through each song. The lyrical content on the album is varied, and while contained mostly in today’s usual rap themes of women, money, poverty, there is creativity in all he says. The sole problem I have with “good Kid, m.A.A.d. city” is that it forces the listener to ask, is Kendrick Lamar really that good or is hip-hop today just that bad? Rappers are often given too much credit; if an artist manages to say something mildly creative or original they are excessively praised. Kendrick Lamar embodies this to an extent. Although in “good kid, m.A.A.d. city,” Kendrick is able to avoid the Lil Wayne pitfall of rhyming “hoes” with “hoes”, overall he struggles to say something new. His lyrics are indeed good, but occasionally formulaic: while Kendrick strives for so-called “intellectual hip-hop,” lines like “I pray my dick get big as the Eiffel tower/so I can f*ck the world for 72 hours” don’t help his cause.
With my “Lil Wayne is killing hip-hop” rant aside, I need to emphasize that, while I don’t view “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” as wildly original, it still is to me the best rap album of the year.
I have no clue what that says about the hip-hop genre as a whole, but regardless, “good kid, m.A.A.d. city” is definitely worth a listen.
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The 2nd WOBC showcase is coming up! It’s November 2nd, this Friday!
Cover bands rule, and you can make one with just a few easy steps. First, corral your friends, give them instruments and some wigs (optional), then think of a band name. This part is the most fun. Next, you’ll (probably) want to practice a few times, so you’ll make a big splash on the big stage. WOBC has some big shoes to fill after last year’s event, but this one should be a load of fun!
The showcase will start at 8PM, Friday @ Above Subway and will see 20 student cover bands including:
Creed Paradise II: Studio on the Park
and many more!
And here are some sample ideas for inspiration:
Cockblock Twins (Cocteau Twins)
Crosby, Pills, and Cash (Crosby, Stills, and Nash)
Juggalo Wrestling (Insane Clown Posse)
Smells Like American Spirits (Nirvana)
Steve Chiller Band (Steve Miller Band)
Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and be sure to come out this Friday to the 2nd Annual Cover Band Showcase!
The Top 30 is a weekly section of the WOBC blog where we highlight the 30 most-played new albums each week. Check out what our DJs are spinning!
1 MARK FELL Sentinel Objectif Actualite
2 DANIEL BACHMAN Seven Pines
3 WILLIAM HOOKER STRINGS 3 A Postcard From The Road
4 DEERHOOF Breakup Song
5 DINOSAUR JR. I Bet On Sky
6 ARIEL PINK’S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Mature Themes
7 SIC ALPS Sic Alps
8 SANTIGOLD Master Of My Make Believe
9 DAN MELCHIOR The Backward Path
10 CULT OF YOUTH Love Will Prevail
11 FUSHITSUSHA Hikari To Nazukeyo
12 SPIRES THAT IN THE SUNSET RISE Ancient Patience Wills It Again Part II
13 BRETT NAUCKE Home By Now
14 CAN The Lost Tapes
15 ROBERT TURMAN Flux
16 THE ORB The Orbserver In The Star House The End
17 DJ RASHAD TEKLIFE Vol. 1: Welcome To The Chi
18 TAME IMPALA Lonerism
19 TRAXMAN Da Mind Of Traxman
20 GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!
21 LIGHT ASYLUM Light Asylum
22 MOUNT EERIE Ocean Roar
23 HOW TO DRESS WELL Total Loss
24 DUM DUM GIRLS End Of Daze
25 CAT POWER Sun
26 DAVID BYRNE AND ST. VINCENT Love This Giant
27 C S YEH Transitions
28 LA SERA Sees The Light
29 KAKI KING Glow
30 HOLY OTHER Held