I recently moved back to Elon for my junior year and transitioning from on-campus living to an off-campus apartment, which is sure to bring its own set of new changes, but one change I can expect is in my music listening habits.
My hometown is Matthews, North Carolina, a suburb of Charlotte and not a great place to get around without motorized wheeled transportation, which relegated my iPod use in my middle and high school to times when washing dishes or doing homework. Instead of having two buds in my ears most of the time, a lot of my music listening was coming out of radio speakers on either the FM or CD channel, whether in my own room or parent’s cars as I was learning to drive.
That changed a couple years ago when I arrived at college. Suddenly, I didn’t have access to a car and I was walking everywhere I needed to go, and after getting more than well acquainted with my thoughts, the sounds of passing-by cars and bird chirps, I reached for my iPod. Walking to class, going to work at the school library, getting food or even just going outside to read, music never left my ears. It engrained itself so much in me that I can remember the soundtrack of walking to my first Art History class (Young Dro’s I Am Legend and Best Thang Smokin’ and Waka Flocka Flame’s Flockaveli) better than I remember most people from that class.
Early this summer, Emily White’s wrote for NPR Music “I Never Owned Any Music To Begin With”, where she described how she’s gone through her life without owning any music. That got me thinking about my own music listening history, and how the original iPod Mini I got in 7th grade changed the way I listen to music; I also thought about applying for that particular NPR internship and figured this works out as me living in an alternate reality where I live in DC, got that internship and blogged for them.
I’ve mulled over this topic all summer, trying to understand why I’ve grown to love this particular piece of technology so much. I think my conclusion was that on days where I felt overwhelmed with joy—walking out with a joyous step listening to D.O.P.E. enthusiastic “Deserve It All”—or face-on-the-floor-sobbingly sad—which for some reason last year always ended up with me listening to Juicy J’s Rubba Band Banks 2; my iPod has always provided a welcome soundtrack to these moments. It might seem a bit narcissistic to desire that particular musical accompaniment, but I’ve grown accustom to having my favorite songs with me and see no reason to change.
A far more interesting version of this week would just examine Lil Wayne’s career by looking at the length of his hair; his braids being relatively short in this picture, once again by Meghan Garvey.
Today we see Lil Wayne progressing from his early 2000s career (remember those flat cornrows yesterday) to an eventual rap/pop star with the chest-long braids he’s been wearing for the last half-decade.
Black People Talking About Black People
I’m doing One Week One Band, this week, and its on Lil Wayne. I was out town yesterday, so that’s why I haven’t mentioned this, except on Twitter. One of my favorite pieces for this week runs today; I might reblog it and maybe post some other pieces/ideas I cut when I started to realize I was getting over my head in planning this week out.
How fucking boring the world would be if only Bon Iver-types played on the radio or the megaplex showed only tender German coming-of-age films that take place in small industrial towns. Yes, taste exists as a mostly arbitrary development of rules to govern your sense of self, the way all rules exist to create mostly arbitrary limits of government; but the great freedom of the modern world means I can plop this Justin Bieber song right after my Julie Doiron collection and before 400 Degreez in iTunes. And, ultimately, it’s progressively less novel the more and more this occurs.
This week, David Turner (dalatu.tumblr.com) and I will write about some of our favorite, mostly underwritten-about pure pop/radio songs. Turner is a music blogger who once reviewed a Waka Flocka Flame/French Montana mixtape for Pitchfork. He is unreasonably good at responding to emails in a timely fashion.
It’s generally true, that I answer e-mails pretty quickly. Anyway, this should be fun to do, and please follow theredbackpack if you don’t on already (and read the rest of this post there also). Also, his Twitter rants are very IMPORTANT and usually great.
Hey, on the other side of the dashboard is an actual webpage of mine you can read called dalatu.tumblr.com. I just put up a tab called “Writing Highlights”, to um…highlight my pieces of writing. So, this is my way of saying “Look at this thing I wrote!”, and if you’ve recently followed me, you can get a taste of what I feel are my best works.
Hey! That’s Me. This is my first post on So Many Shrimp, which if you’ve read this place you know I have enjoyed reading for years. So, it is pretty cool to see my name on their site. If I post or contribute there I’ll probably reblog Drake’s post to provide a link to it.
But, more importantly. Listen to this song. It doesn’t even have a 1000 views, which is a terrible terrible thing.
Anonymous asked: Write more reviews like the one about 50 Cent!
I mean, I just got back home from school, so I will have a lot more time, I hope to write somewhat more well-thought out posts. I mean; I cannot just continue to post 50 Cent quotes, can I—I doubt it.
This blog has been around for a year, and I had a really long self indulgent message for this day but I deleted it thankfully. So, quick points.
- Thanks to all of those who follow/read this blog
- Artists who follow me, I am not going to post your music (so sorry), but don’t worry because being on my blog will not help your career (again, sorry)
- One thing, I have learned in the last year is that listening to music is the best way to form an opinion on music, no matter how much I read about it (this is dumb to type out, but I know I forget this).
- Okay, lets see how the second year will go.
Rick Ross last year did something I doubt any one would have ever guessed he would have done in his entire career.; release the most important rap single of the year. “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)”, originally a mixtape track produced by Lex Luger was one of the highlights…
Hey! I wrote this.