Category Archives: Thoughts

Fighting Words for OFWGKTA et al

This is how OFWGKTA feels right now… The longer we slow to look at the flashing red and blue lights, to inspect the mangled chassis, to peek into the rear of the ambulance–the longer I dwell on all of the unsettling and disturbing and captivating issues–the more I want to take up the cause of […]

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Prelude to Initials B.R. (Part 2)

A two-part introduction to the debut album. Initials B.R. is out April 4… People don’t rap years anymore. “2006” doesn’t sound cool. We’ve arrived in the future and been here for a decade. Somehow, this millenium still feels alien. I wouldn’t say I’m simply nostalgic. It’s something about the gestalt of the decade—it doesn’t congeal. […]

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Prelude to Initials B.R. (Part 1)

A two-part introduction to the debut album. Initials B.R. is out April 4… The first record I was ever given—or ever really owned for that matter—was LL Cool J’s Bigger And Deffer. When I received the present for my eighth birthday from my father’s coworker, I had no idea what was in store for me. […]

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Return to Ten Point Oh

I think I’m just allergic to critical praise. Matt is right: I give Pitchfork too much credit. Joey is right: it’s to their credit that they’ve been bold enough to give a perfect score to an album that isn’t a reissue. Joey is also right: there is no album more appropriate to justify Pitchfork’s independent […]

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Fear of a Ten-Point-Oh

This week, Kanye West released his fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rapt reviews. Quantifying the critical acclaim, Pitchfork gave the album an even 10.0. I don’t agree and I don’t approve. While I could have stomached a 9.5, clearly a 9.9 was not statement enough. That kind of statement I find […]

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On Boo Radley Bruises Badly

From the mouth of someone more inclined to synopses of major life episodes, 2003 in a nutshell reads something like this: “An escalating romance falls disastrously to the wayside when, a year shy of graduation, Luke Kirkland moves across the country with his band, Night Rally to give a music career the old college try […]

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