Month: January 2014

Theezy University

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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.

10 to be exact.

Enrollment below:

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‘Dark Horse’ Hits Number 1: There’s No Going Back

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*Note: Not real cover – wish it was*

Katy Perry has another number one.

It was inevitably going to happen, at least it’s better than ‘Roar’, right?

And by better I mean, MUCH better.

‘Dark Horse’ is the 9th chart topper for the pop star and first for Juicy J. If your keeping tabs Juicy is now the owner of an oscar and billboard number 1.

If you’re keeping tabs, Katy is now tied with Elton John, the Bee Gees, Paul McCartney, and Usher.

Here’s the thing, unlike ‘Timber’ (DALEE), ‘Dark Horse’ is actually the best and here’s why:

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You Need Kelis’ Food

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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.

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Gif Love: That’s So 2 Chainz

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Two weeks ago Saturday Night Live did a skit on TV shows the featured hip-hop artist before they were famous.

Artists like Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Rick Ross were all featured.

If you haven’t seen I would recommend it.

One of the “shows” they featured, and the best bit, was That’s So 2 Chainz.

I decided to give Disney a few reasons why they should pick up the show and allow 2 Chainz into all of our homes every week.

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Grammy Week: Wrap-Up

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Time for the majah breakdown.

After a week of filling you guys with Grammy knowledge and predictions, it’s time to look back at the actual show.

It’s also time to stock up my predictions with the actual winners and see how well I did.

Spoiler alert: NOT WELL!

We’ll also acknowledge the (few) good moments of the show.

Taylor thinking she won was one of them. Especially the guys behind her.

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More below:

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Grammy Week: Album of the Year

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This year had a lot of bogus albums.

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.

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Grammy Week: Rap Categories

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The last few years have brought a renaissance for Rap with the Grammy voters.

Rappers are now crossing into the major categories, and have been for the last few years . 2014 was a big year for Rap, especially since two rap albums are nominated for album of the year.

At the end of the day, if you’re into underground rap and the mixtapes, you’ll hate the Grammys. The Grammys only look at popular rap, so go into the show with that mindset.

I’m not ashamed to like popular rap and I actually prefer it.

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My predictions below:

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Grammy Week: Pop Categories

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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.

#GetThoseRatings

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Grammy Week: R&B Categories

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It would take me weeks to extensively write about each category the way that I have for the big four. Considering that most of the categories aren’t televised, I wanted to focus the most on those.

The truth of the matter is that the Grammys have 30 fields with 82 categories in each.

I don’t check for each category, but there are a few I  like predict.

R&B, otherwise know as Rhythm & Blues or MY LIFE, has always been my genre. It’s the music I get the most excited for, which means its the category I feel the most passionate about.

The winners are announced before the show and are posted before also. This translates into me opening my computer and screaming because all of my musical angels have lost.

With that, lets predicts this years winners with the goal of seeing how mad I’m going to be 8:00 Sunday night.

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