Yesterday Rutgers University made the new for announcing that they are offering a course based around Beyonce.
The class, Politicizing Beyonce, explores ideas of race, gender, and sexuality through her music.
This isn’t a revolutionary idea. Other Universities have offered courses on other artists in the past. Considering that music, in both visual and audio form, are so prevalent in today’s culture, it only makes sense to study them through social lenses.
I’m assuming that over the years more schools will start offering similar classes.
I thought I would do a civil service and help them out by creating some of the classes.
April 21st, marks the first album Kelis has released since 2010.
Following the forward thinking Flesh Tone, Food is gearing up to be one solid release from the alternative star.
The sad thing about Kelis is that she fell off of the mainstream radar after ‘Milkshake’ dropped off the charts. This lead her into label drama, dropping, and switching. Even with all of this, she has consistently delivered solid music.
‘Bossy’ is a classic.
Food marks her second venture on a independent label, which means more creative control on her end. Kelis is the kind of artist who reinvents herself with each album, and from what we know about Food, this could be her best one yet.
Nothing slayed me the way I wanted. No comeback dominated everything – except for Beyonce but that album is not eligible for this years Grammys. Everything else just felt safe.
There were a few highlights. Kendrick had one of the most refreshing rap albums in years, and believe it or not, I thought Bruno did a great job of mixing eras on his album.
Album of the Year is the award that means everything – hence Kanye West’s obsession with winning one.
In an era where more time is focused on the single, rather than the album, this award is even more coveted. It’s a pat on the back that you did the right thing as an artist and created a collective work worth listening too.
The pop category is the shortest, mainly because it’s the hardest to distinguish.
Modern Pop is mixed with so many different influences. It’s hard to look at the songs released during any given year and be able to pick out a song that’s purely pop. Even traditional “pop” artists, lean towards another genre for influence.
The pop categories are traditionally for vocal performances and albums, rather than song recognition like the R&B, Rap, and Country categories.
All of these nominations caused a shaking of my head to occur. Few made sense, some seemed lazy, and I think some were just made for extra entertainment.