I’m pretty into listening to Dan’s terrible opinions run up against Jeff’s slightly less terrible but still also fairly terrible opinions. It’s like watching a garbage truck full of Care Bears crashing into a garbage truck full of unicorns.
why isn't it a problem when m.i.a raps? why is it ok to have chicano rap/asian rap/ etc? But as soon as white people try it you all lose your shit?
That’s so cute and simplistic. Did you work on this question all week or…? No one cares when white people try to rap. We care when they don’t represent their authentic selves or are plain untalented. We don’t care that Eminem is white. He’s not out her performing sonic blackface, despite being from the Detroit Metro Area. Yelawolf sounds like a southern rapper because… he’s a southern rapper. Homeboy is from Alabama. His voice is his. Hell, we didn’t even care about Bubba Sparxxx. Homeboy is from Georgia. Plus, Ms. New Booty is still a bop, so.. *shrugs*
Iggy literally sounds like something out of Malibu’s Most Wanted. Protip: that movie was not a documentary. This sheila is claiming she’s in the “murda bidness”. Homegirl grew up in Mulllumbimby, New South Wales, on a fucking farm. What the fuck was she murdering? Chickens? The hopes and dreams of her parents? What? You tell me. But she is flagrantly being dishonest and unauthentic. She sounds like all the mediocre parts of some of the premiere lady rappers throughout the years. She ain’t as cool in her delivery as Da Brat. She ain’t as raw and bold as Foxy or Trina. She ain’t as cute or skilled as Charli Baltimore. Iggy is what happens when generally mediocre white girls think they deserve to win and people who don’t know better let them.
As often as Kanye West talks about the state of his mental health, one would think that we’d be having a national conversation on mental health–kind of like the way we had a wave of conversations about domestic violence in the wake of the Chris Brown-Rihanna incident. Yet, in the four years since Kanye began talking openly about the depression related to the death of his mother and the dissolution of his romantic relationship with longtime paramour Alexis Phifer, the conversations have continued to be one-sided.
A search for “Kanye West and Depression” brings up surprisingly few articles and discussions. There’s a sterile AP article describing his initial comments, Cord Jefferson advising Kanye to go to a therapist on The Root, an MTV news article on his path to recovery, and Tom Breihan in the Village Voice distilling 808′s and Heartbreak down to “emo bellyaching” and a “album-length tantrum at his ex.” While Bassey Ikpi later argued to have some compassion for Kanye, it was one small plea in a sea of indifference and condemnation.
After four years of being open about pain and vulnerability, I’m starting to wonder if society will ever really hear him.
the only acceptable emotion for Black men to publicly express and still retain their masculinity is rage.
This reminds me of Tricky back in the 90s - he said in a documentary once that whenever he did photo shoots for magazine covers they wanted him to look angry and make rage faces and look tough. But his music wasn’t really about that, it was about feeling sad and confused a lot of the time. But nobody wanted to see that, they said he was more marketable as an angry black man.
this actually, this actually really means a lot to me right. when I first heard that album, it connected with me on a primal level, it’s my favorite kanye album, I think it’s a perfect album and I’ve never understood why people shit on it so much. I still hope that time will tell and and people will come to see it for what it is.
oh! are you comfortable talking about what sort of game you're planning? (it's probably way too early to ask, but cool people making games is an exciting thing)
this is on the absolute furthest back of back burners possible and is pretty much just germinating away to be worked on god knows when, but the whole idea is some kind of thing about a magical girl or a witch or something or something who lives in a ’90s macintosh and tries to capture that aesthetic but also how powerful it felt to be able to reach into the guts of your system in resEdit or how legitimately exciting it felt to hear that awful dialup sound— the ’90s portal to a world of adventure
system’s twilight meets madoka. does anybody even remember system’s twilight
anyway you can tell that this is in the early planning stages since all it is is an aesthetic and a vague collection of feelings i want to evoke
a few notes i made about it are here but my other posts on the subject weren’t tagged and so are lost to the ether i guess
lmao i just remembered this girl at ringling who overheard me mention homestuck to a friend and came over to smugly tell me that she “watched the first few episodes” of it and she didnt like it. i was like “….its a webcomic” and she just walked away
Except you forget that the Nation gave birth to two main eventers, same can happen with Xavier/Big E/Kofi.
Two main eventers? Unless you’re counting HHH due to the feud with the Nation, counting anyone other than The Rock as a main eventer is kinda pushing it, y’know? You could argue Mark Henry, but ehhh, that’s a stretch.
A full night of sleep and reflection makes me think I might have been a little harsh on the Nation. I mean, the biggest thing it was ever part of was the cosplay war with DX, but for the individual wrestlers involved in the Nation, it did some good. At least post-Savio and Crush. They kinda ended up worse off (DoA and Los Borriquas were stupid and no one will tell me otherwise). Not even going to mention the minute and a half Ahmed was part of the group.
The Nation helped Farooq bounce back from the Black Sparticus thing, which probably saved his WWE career. It gave D’Lo his start, and he went on to win a lot of gold and have a pretty damn good run. Let’s be honest, Papa Shango and “The Supreme Fighting Machine” Kama weren’t exactly setting the world on fire and being part of The Nation helped lead to the Godfather gimmick. Mark Henry was just a guy on the roster before The Nation, joining gave him purpose (we’ll just not talk about what happened to him afterwards). Joining The Nation turned shitty, blue chipper babyface Rocky Maivia into The Rock and I don’t even need to talk about how much good that did him.
If this new group of Xavier, Big E, and Kofi ends up being a New Nation and gets all three guys over, I’ll be driving the goddamn hype bus. Success for black wrestlers is success for black wrestlers, and while I would like the success to come in another form, sometimes you just have to take what you can get. If it turns any of the three (hopefully Big E) into a bonafide main eventer, then fuck it, I’ll call that a win.
“I hope this new stable doesn’t go the route of the old Nation of Domination and play for boos. Any black power group that is looking for equality, especially in the wake of that article by The Atlantic, needs to be portrayed as a babyface group, or at the very least a sympathetic group. Even if the “WE THE PEOPLE” crowd may boo them, the sizable percentage of the audience that is consisted of people of color need to be able to relate to them without the cacophony of all three decidedly white announcers in the broadcast booth saying “they’re going about things the wrong way.””—