Freelance writer, D.C.-ATL transplant.
Human nature and how we experience it, or perceive it individually and collectively, is our main influence. Music is the dumpster that we throw that trash into and other people dig around in there for things that they can use or relate too. We all dig for the trash. Flatlander, Death Grips producer and videographer, in an insightful but also frustrating interview with The Quietus. (I mean, how many times and in how many ways did Flatlander have to say that he doesn’t care for these comparisons to other artists — Odd Future, Eminem, DMX — only to have the interviewer press on?) Anyway! This is how every artist should answer the question, “Who are your primary influences?”
Future interview outtake.
- me: Watching a kitten video is the same as watching a baby video, or maybe even interacting with either one for like five minutes. You may not actually want those things in your life at all times, but for those brief distant seconds or minutes, it seems like a super good idea/really amusing addition to your life.
- STV SLV: I can't even speak for the baby videos. The only baby videos I've chosen to watch are when the sounds of the babies are Auto-Tuned.
Cole’s restless intelligence works against him almost as much as it helps him; you end up wishing he’d just take some delight in a new car or some nice clothes without reminding us, again and again, that he used to be poor. While it’s a major theme in rap— if not the major theme in rap— that up-from-nothing rise is implicit for most rappers, something to be touched on, not to continually fall back on. Pitchfork’s review of J. Cole’s Friday Night Lights, a decent read that ends on an infuriating note.
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