2011-08-21T12:09:25+00:00 2011-08-21T12:09:25+00:00

Half and Half Presents: Welcome Back, Bro

Half and Half

I haven't posted in about 6 months — last one was here. 

I hate when people apologize for not posting. I haven't been posting here for various reasons. Whatever. 

I have no segue, but I will say this: I enjoy generalizing. O.K., cool. Done.

My musical tastes have been deteriorating at a significant rate over the past year. A lot of pop music, bro. I don't mean to say that we have all traded in our obscure pocket bands, and given into the seductive accessibility of musical populism, no. I just think the two have finally, after a good three decades or so, come a little closer together.  We have moved on from the self-seriousness of music that was seemingly taking forever to get over itself, and have come to a time that can only be described as post-post-post-post (etc). It'd be interesting for someone to chart out the 'Best New Music' on Pitchfork from 2003/2004/2005/ in comparison to the 'Best New Music' from 2009/2010/2011. I'm looking at you, analytically-aware-music-nerd-masters'-students.

QUICK EXAMPLES, YO: Beyonce can make 'Best New Track', and rappers can name their record I'm Gay.

All the while free-range-organic-beardos collectively shake their heads. Goodbye, Seattle.

Bring  on Top 40, bring on up-and-coming weirdo rappers (see Danny Brown/ASAP Rocky IMMEDIATELY, please), bring on slowed-down Britney Spears Salem records. Bring it on, bro.

The elitism that used to unite the blogs of yore no longer exists. Why? Because your 12-year-old brother gets his music there. In the face of living in an internet world where anonymity seems non-existant, musicians are naming their groups/acts/bands titles that your little brother can't google. Look at any witch house name. Emoticons are ruling the internet.

QUICK EXAMPLE #2, YO: The Weeknd. This mish-mash quasi RnB 'mixtape' smashed the internet with a tweet and some reputable internet backers. We still haven't seen an interview. Rumour has it they turned down a two page spread in Vice. Their second show was OVO Fest. Their first sold out in hours. Fuck, I'm digressing.

We are in an era of music where it is acceptable to play Aaliyah and Usher next to some obscure Nguzunguzu record. Blame either your 12 year old brother, or DIS Magazine, but doing so is beside the point.

The point here? Fleet Foxes blow.

Here's what I am listening to. You should too.

Follow me on Twitter for tweets about mall people and hood rats. TWITTER.COM/ASTANIEL

      01 Soulja Boy - Came Out The Water
Download: Soulja Boy – Soulja Boy – Came Out The Water

      04 - Decisions (Orchestral Version)
Download:How To Dress Well – Decisions (Orchestral Version)

      03 Purple Swag
Download: ASAP Rocky – Purple Swag

      Jeremih-5 Senses (ChoppedScrewed)
Download: Jeremih – 5 Senses (Chopped & Screwed)

      07 Lift Off
Download: Araabmuzik – Lift Off

      SALEM - Till The World Ends
Download:Salem – Till the World Ends (Britney Spears Cover)

R&B · Rap · Witch


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  • actually true

    r August 21, 2011 5:14 PM Reply
  • cultural omnivorousness is the new highbrow!

    Alyce August 22, 2011 4:57 PM Reply
  • Decisions is beautiful… so is his R kelly cover. how to dress well is amazing.

    slugamiz August 22, 2011 9:17 PM Reply
  • yo I'm not sure what you trying to say your mad because hip hop gets posted with some emo shit but yo just posted the same shit and personally all those tracks you posted blow besides purple swag I think everything is fake way to commercial these days everybody has sold out its all about the money all these rappers claim to be gangsters but they don't bang one bit wayne wheres red all the time and shouts blood this and blood that in his raps but he said numerous times in interviews that hes not a blood and doesn't know much about it i mean come on people he grew up in new orleans and everybody claims that they move mad weight in the streets and get kilos and pounds but they never have and never will thats why they rap about it because they cant live it real hustlers who be copping big weight can give a fuck about rap contract but don't get me wrong there's a couple real gs who are mainstream but not many hip hop is dead who will be the savor

    Esoteric minded August 24, 2011 4:59 PM Reply

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