With my fingers?
A few months ago, I had an opportunity to visit a friend in San Diego who had just opened his Apple store, and we sat down and had a beer or two. I asked how he did it. He asked me how I rap on my iPhone (yes it works that way!).
“A few months ago,” I said flatly. “What?” he asked, baffled.
“Rappers rapped on iPhones,” I said matter-of-factly.
This is the same sort of thing I hear all too often from my peers. I was recently reading this excellent New York magazine article by Stephen Dubner called “The End of Rap.” He points out that when it comes to popular music, the “average rap fan has no idea what he’s really listening to”:
“There was a study recently indicating that a substantial percentage of listeners hadn’t paid much attention to the genre’s core sounds. If rap really wasn’t mainstream music, why had all the most popular rap albums remained so boring? And why were all those pop hits just so catchy? The answer is that rap isn’t just the stuff kids are watching at home. A lot of rap is boring because it’s not really music. There is nothing hip about it. People spend their Friday mornings and Sunday afternoons playing video games and watching TV. They don’t feel their music has the power of art.”
So how do many artists who come out later on in the genre make the transition to a mainstream hit? You have to be an exception to the rule. Most mainstream rappers are forced to make a conscious and intelligent choice to transition to hit or not, and they do it in such a subtle and intelligent way that many of them would even be surprised if the transition wasn’t already a conscious choice as well. It takes a lot of self-awareness and an awareness of one’s own ego to be ready to make that transition.
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As Season 2 of “The Flash” approaches its conclusion on The CW, the network is once again going to a superhero team drama. And that’s not a good thing.
I know the Arrow episode I got to watch on Thursday evening didn’t make much of an impact on my opinion of The CW’s superhero juggernaut, but it was an incredibly solid episode, and it got it’s season finale of Arrow on Sunday night.
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