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If you were on social media last night, it might have seemed like the entire world (i.e. every like-minded person you follow) waited around until 11:30pm to see who would be awarded the biggest prize of the night, Album of the Year. And, surprising a grand total of no one, the Recording Academy got it wrong. But what else is new? Let’s get one thing straight. Adele is fine—there’s no knocking her talent, and...
Barack Obama was sworn in on January 20, 2009, but Obama’s America was founded on September 2, 2008, the release date of Young Jeezy’s The Recession. The album was standard Jeezy fare--everyman coke rap laced with mid-aughts trap exuberance--but its narrative arc was unmistakable: The first track is “The Recession” and the last track is the Obama-boosting “My President.” Straight up: Obama’s America was the promised land. Then and now, it was hard to...
As a ‘90s baby, it’s difficult to remember the last time I used a CD without a sense of nostalgia. Most of the music I consume lacks materiality and individual price--I merely expect the subscription fee I pay to provide me with all of the MP3s my heart so desires. My age makes the accessible and instantaneous process of listening to music in the 21st century seem natural, while buying hard copies seems is...
"What are the AMAs?" My sister asked me that last night when I was complaining about how my Twitter feed was overrun with tweets about the moorless awards show, and I honestly didn't have a good answer, because really: What are the American Music Awards? Some cynical thoughts I had before I began researching: They're yet another manufactured music award show to let lagging superstars claim relevance. They're a chance for advertisers to plaster your screen...