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Some discussion of him on the mumble rap 2017 thread but now that we’re about to see him break into the mainstream he deserves his own thread.

Album got dropped on spotify one week ago and its songs are creeping all the global and viral charts. Billboard is still not acknowledging the streams but it’s safe to say Sad will take the singles charts and the album will take the top 200 in the following weeks.

So, what say you ILM? Worthy of the insane hype?

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 24 March 2018 17:13 (one year ago) link

ffs

imago, Saturday, 24 March 2018 17:16 (one year ago) link

^^^^

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Saturday, 24 March 2018 17:55 (one year ago) link

this is gonna be a great thread

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 24 March 2018 18:05 (one year ago) link

many of my students are all into this guy and claim he’s been framed

fuck this guy

the late great, Saturday, 24 March 2018 18:33 (one year ago) link

https://t.co/ovjuQN8weO listen to this album if you feel anything. raw thoughts. https://t.co/ovjuQN8weO

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) August 26, 2017

5th listen.

— Kendrick Lamar (@kendricklamar) August 26, 2017

||||||||, Saturday, 24 March 2018 18:38 (one year ago) link

love this, Apple Music:

Perhaps the most controversial and polarizing rapper to transition from internet fame to the mainstream spotlight

Ah, it's the music that's controversial and polarizing, got it

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 24 March 2018 18:53 (one year ago) link

it’s good music but cmon

the late great, Saturday, 24 March 2018 19:16 (one year ago) link

i know the he-was-framed!! narrative is popular among teens but i can't stop myself from questioning how sincerely they believe that

dyl, Saturday, 24 March 2018 22:09 (one year ago) link

seems inevitable that "sad!" will become his first radio hit

it is beyond messed up that so many on-the-cusp young rappers only seem to make the jump into the spotlight after allegations of horrific crimes are leveled against them, like what is exactly going on that so reliably seems to make that happen? am i just imagining it? can it be reduced to a social media phenom?

dyl, Saturday, 24 March 2018 22:12 (one year ago) link

septuagenarian radio host touches a woman's bare back = "Die, dinosaur, die!"

rapper punches, headbutts, chokes, kicks, stomps, assaults woman with coat hangers, threatens to ram utensils into her vagina and cut out her tongue = "he was framed!"

cool, got it

way to go, kids

Paul Ponzi, Saturday, 24 March 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link

i dont think thats it exactly, it happened to i.e. nba youngboy ages after he was signed and popping, kodak too

i think w/ like tay k & xxx its just a matter of newspapers operating as inexpensive PR. If you're poor and a label isnt investing in you, news stories are a way to get your name out w/out having to have Roc Nation level resources. im not saying they're doing it intentionally, but that's why it happens that way

"Sad!" is going to be massive. what's pretty fucked up w/ xxx is he doesn't let you 'separate art from artist' even if you wanted to like that song is totally abuser logic

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 24 March 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link

xp obv

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 24 March 2018 22:31 (one year ago) link

who tf is paul ponzi

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 24 March 2018 23:03 (one year ago) link

he's a schemer

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Saturday, 24 March 2018 23:20 (one year ago) link

hes a dreamer

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 24 March 2018 23:25 (one year ago) link

hes a midniiight smooooker

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Saturday, 24 March 2018 23:26 (one year ago) link

"Sad!" is going to be massive. what's pretty fucked up w/ xxx is he doesn't let you 'separate art from artist' even if you wanted to like that song is totally abuser logic

definitely

dyl, Sunday, 25 March 2018 01:21 (one year ago) link

Yep. And that’s why I won’t give him a pass even though a couple of the tracks on his new album are actually pretty good.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 25 March 2018 08:17 (one year ago) link

X suckerpunching a woman:

https://instagram.com/p/Bgw2FqchPvf/

So this is they asshole that the new generations are hyping up this year? Good job fucktards.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 26 March 2018 03:55 (one year ago) link

fuck, ‘Sad!’ is really good... ughhh

flopson, Monday, 26 March 2018 04:01 (one year ago) link

i don't blame teenagers for being fans of his... the value systems of most teenagers are fucked up, it's hard to grasp the real life consequences of actions such as domestic abuse, liking shit that makes adults mad is fun, etc. anyway, i think a large part of his popularity is in the "authenticity" he brings and how that is wrapped up in his music, certainly kids get off on the dangerousness of his persona and the way that is heightened by the outsized life-or-death melodrama of his songs. it's a magnetic character and he's good at what he does, which is to be insanely fucked up in pretty much every regard... not only can't you "separate the art from the artist" but the art and the artist are connected together in a loop that makes both exponentially powerful (clearly)

J0rdan S., Monday, 26 March 2018 04:17 (one year ago) link

^ otm

austinb, Monday, 26 March 2018 04:26 (one year ago) link

i do find a certain honesty in his music that makes it slightly easier for me to digest compared to like i.e. kodak black whose persona really curdled in the last 18 months in a way that i found to be defiant and pathetic and really turned me off of his music. (very similar to chris brown in that regard.) x doesn't admit to being a serial violent abuser so i'm not trying to cast him in a positive light or anything but his music at least doesn't try and convince you that he's anything but an incredibly fucked up person. this ties back to my argument about teens picking up on his "authenticity" even if that "authenticity" makes any reasonable adult recoil

J0rdan S., Monday, 26 March 2018 04:38 (one year ago) link

So PWR BTTM might still have a career if only they'd worked a little harder at convincing us in their music that they were "authentically" incredibly fucked up people

lol ok

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 26 March 2018 11:29 (one year ago) link

also this song is terrible, what are you guys even talking about

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 26 March 2018 11:29 (one year ago) link

ah yes as if we haven't talked about the specific circumstances of the pwr bttm situation and the queer community's vigilance to death already. what is context

lowercase (eric), Monday, 26 March 2018 12:05 (one year ago) link

also yes that was what their music was all about

lowercase (eric), Monday, 26 March 2018 12:16 (one year ago) link

who tf is paul ponzi

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ogmor, Monday, 26 March 2018 12:52 (one year ago) link

I don't remember any posters named cichlid.

how's life, Monday, 26 March 2018 12:56 (one year ago) link

who tf is paul ponzi

while usually I think the policing of who's who is cliquey bullshit this seems like a valid q on this thread

Hi - I'm Paul. I mostly post about electronic music and forgotten 90s indie rock and rap. I'm a fledgling DJ, occasional clickworker, and work in a boring office. I use ILX because I increasingly hate / am afraid of Facebook. I think XXXTentacion, based on his history of abuse, is someone we should ignore. Nice to meet you.

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 26 March 2018 13:23 (one year ago) link

So glad you're here to post five times about how we should "ignore" someone with no radio play or record label or real media interviews or television appearances

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 26 March 2018 13:51 (one year ago) link

eh Whiney. he's on rap caviar & he's 64th in the world for monthly listeners. you seem to be saying he's obscure, that's not really fair to say I don't think.

A new Bon Jovi album was number one three weeks ago

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 26 March 2018 13:58 (one year ago) link

it bumped iirc

but a bit weird that this thread has suddenly become about me for some reason, so I'm going back to lurking the rolling and bobbins threads. My bad, enjoy your XXXTentacion

Paul Ponzi, Monday, 26 March 2018 13:59 (one year ago) link

Also, XXX isn't "obscure" by any means, but my tweets about 6ix9ine stands here, I think:

Not denying his wild popularity among teens on SoundCloud but actually it’s ... remarkably easy ... for anyone to ignore an artist with zero radio play, no record label, no publicist, no media features...

6ix9ine involves active engagement and buying into an outlier model. Calling him impossible to ignore is like calling Insane Clown Posse or Jake Paul or Jomny Sum or Pomplamoose or toy unboxing videos “impossible to ignore”

Whiney G. Weingarten, Monday, 26 March 2018 14:04 (one year ago) link

Par for the course when face tats are involved.

xp

pomenitul, Monday, 26 March 2018 14:05 (one year ago) link

also this song is terrible, what are you guys even talking about

― Paul Ponzi, Monday, March 26, 2018 6:29 AM (seven hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

It’s terrible morally but you have to be willfully oblivious to think it’s not well executed version of what it is...I understand the urgency to marginalize this & am fine w it (believe in it) but I think anyone you’re trying to convince who’s heard this music & found something attractive about it is going to recognize the cynicism on display when we try to pretend this stuff isn’t ... not just musically effective,but stands out in its milieu (for reasons tied up in shit that is fundamentally fucked)

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 26 March 2018 19:25 (one year ago) link

Agreeing that it’s compelling at some level is imo essential if you’re interested in pointing out that it’s evil & dangerous (in fact id contend it’s this “danger” we minimize when we try & argue it’s “not even good”)

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 26 March 2018 19:27 (one year ago) link

music like this makes me realize there is really no imperative for me to listen to all the “good” music out there

the late great, Monday, 26 March 2018 19:37 (one year ago) link

otm i mean if this is supposed to be "good" ok sure if you say so .

(•̪●) (carne asada), Monday, 26 March 2018 19:43 (one year ago) link

I agree that 'Sad!' is compelling. The other couple of tracks from ? I just listened to brought home – a bit too conspicuously – why he lists Coldplay and Papa Roach among his influences.

pomenitul, Monday, 26 March 2018 19:45 (one year ago) link

you have to be willfully oblivious to think it’s not well executed version of what it is

Nah, this song is shit. And I say that as someone who has heard over a dozen Jandek albums. I say that as someone who has reviewed scores of nü-metal albums, and interviewed nü-metal bands. I've listened to dumb teenage shit for over 20 years, and this song is nursery-rhyme garbage with a beat that any rando could make in their sleep.

i mean if this is supposed to be "good" ok sure if you say so

This is music for teenagers - people who haven't heard enough music to be able to judge what's good or bad. They only know what they like. The real cynics are people like Jon Caramanica who have heard more than enough music in their lifetimes to recognize this as vapid garbage from a not-particularly-intelligent teenager and still cheerlead for it in the pages of the New York Times.

grawlix (unperson), Monday, 26 March 2018 20:14 (one year ago) link

This guy's former manager is a creep too

https://pitchfork.com/news/no-jumper-podcastlabel-founder-adam-grandmaison-accused-of-rape-responds/

JB, Monday, 26 March 2018 20:15 (one year ago) link

Nah, this song is shit. And I say that as someone who has heard over a dozen Jandek albums.

.... well in that case

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, 26 March 2018 20:26 (one year ago) link

decent board description

MooVaughn.org (voodoo chili), Monday, 26 March 2018 20:32 (one year ago) link

i. there is a greyzone where concerns about 'authenticity' (seen as illegitimate) bleeds into 'cultural appropriation' (seen as legitimate)

I also reject the idea of cultural appropriation, ftr.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:24 (one year ago) link

OK, so which complex concepts do you think are well articulated through discussions of authenticity?

― grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:14 (twenty-eight minutes ago) Permalink

there are absurd ways in which authenticity is valued but there are also legitimate ones! and this is eternally negotiable ie, does this person represent ideas of a community or do they falsify experience in the pursuit of capital, what hyperbole is ok in terms of artistic license & what is exploitative, ppl benefiting for themselves from the stories of others, etc.

im not saying this abt xxx in particular who has a very particular relationship to the authentic, but acting as if 'authenticity' doesn't mean difft things in different contexts & doesnt serve a purpose is misleading imo

― Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Monday, June 25, 2018 7:50 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:45 (one year ago) link

I think appropriation almost shortchanges this convo bc it can also be an intercommunity debate not just one between internal & external forces

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 02:46 (one year ago) link

maura otm

deej v interesting response. Wasn't trying to simplify "rap's relationship to authenticity" at all-- tho I realize I kind of did-- was just trying to point out that one can condemn XXX's crimes and yet still have his criminality contribute to an authenticity narrative-- or in Whiney's obit's case, a maverick-narrative

So much of this stuff I feel is directly linked to specifically-American concepts of exceptionalism. There was a trailer for some Jennifer Garner movie where a cartel kills her family so she trains herself toward vigilante justice. I watched the trailer like "this is all the same fucking shit", but anyway, whatever, I'll save it for my journal

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 13:09 (one year ago) link

In 2018 OJ would still have walked free it seems.

― ✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, June 25, 2018 5:12 PM (yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

we're still talking about OJ Da Juiceman here right

cr.ht (crüt), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 13:16 (one year ago) link

Lock thread imo

mind how you go (Ross), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 16:14 (one year ago) link

Flop pass the bong

mind how you go (Ross), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 16:16 (one year ago) link

so far the only thing of value I've gotten out of this thread is a lol from Whiney's comparison of Andy Gibb to Kendrick Lamar.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 16:17 (one year ago) link

that was a good lol

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 18:57 (one year ago) link

lmao these kids have zero idea how big michael jackson was

XXXTentacion was on track to being bigger than Justin Bieber and Micheal Jackson... this is unfair 😔

— RiceGum (@RiceGum) June 18, 2018

The Desus & Mero Chain (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:30 (one year ago) link

"bigger than Darby Crash" just doesn't have the same ring to it

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:34 (one year ago) link

I don’t think “authenticity” is ever a legitimate value

lol is this "i don't see race" but for art? this is an entirely meaningless statement.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:37 (one year ago) link

I'm inclined to agree that determining an artist's "authenticity", or measuring the value of their work by trying to gauge how authentic they are, is a fool's game.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:39 (one year ago) link

it is an inherent quality to any work. not the sole defining one ofc but a quality.

there is a reason that when Miley Cyrus uses trap dancers only to discard them people take notice

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:45 (one year ago) link

it seems like if you are an art critic, trying to understand the personal motivation & cultural/social context of a work and the signifiers used within is important. history is important. context is important.

a fool's game yes but describing any subjective experience is a fool's game and everyone is a player.

Hazy Maze Cave (Adam Bruneau), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:50 (one year ago) link

trying to understand the personal motivation... is important

not really

& cultural/social context of a work and the signifiers used within is important

yes definitely

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 21:52 (one year ago) link

it is an inherent quality to any work. not the sole defining one ofc but a quality.

No it's not, because there's no such thing as "authenticity" in art. The very nature of art-making is the construction of a thing which is inauthentic, a representation. Unless you're talking about, say, an Abstract Expressionist painting which is literally just what it claims to be - an arrangement of colors on a surface. A Barnett Newman painting is "authentically" itself. But in music, "authenticity" is a way to reduce artists to clichés and stereotypes.

there is a reason that when Miley Cyrus uses trap dancers only to discard them people take notice

Yes, and that reason is "People are stupid and believe in bullshit myths about 'authenticity.'"

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:02 (one year ago) link

I'd go one further and argue that the very existence of the work itself - the medium that occupies the space that the artist and the audience interact on - by its very nature renders any judgment about the work's "authenticity" on the part of the audience as impossible. You never see the "authentic" or "real" artist, all you see is the work.

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:05 (one year ago) link

Οὖτις otm

pomenitul, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:12 (one year ago) link

You never see the "authentic" or "real" artist, all you see is the work.

Exactly. I mean, you could argue that XXXtentacion or Tekashi69 attempt(ed) to break down the barrier between their real selves and their artistic personae by getting giant tattoos on their faces, thus making it impossible for them ever to be anyone but who they are/were "onstage", but ultimately it's all still performance.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:12 (one year ago) link

used to think that & preach that gospel, now rather think that none of anything is performance and that the supremacy of artifice is a myth we buy into because the possibility of authenticity is too terrifying to even consider, but that's just me

rolling deconstructing the face tat thread

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:19 (one year ago) link

the racially and economically loaded history of "authenticity" also makes it pretty unpalatable imo, the "othering" of locating some kind of "noble savage" authenticity within people that were not rich or European is where all this bullshit really stems from - black people have "soul", latinos are "passionate", poor people are "real" people etc. Why continue to perpetuate this nonsense.

xp

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:19 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-eginkPg4JI

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:20 (one year ago) link

the supremacy of artifice is a myth we buy into because the possibility of authenticity is too terrifying to even consider

well it's kind of a zero-sum thing, right? Either it's all artifice (hey, what is the "real" me anyway?) or it's all authentic. idg where terror comes into it, apart from the general terrifying fact of our existence in a cold, mechanistic universe, I guess.

xp

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:23 (one year ago) link

here's where I'm at, it sounds confrontational but I don't mean it that way: every single piece of art anybody makes tells me something about that person no matter how hard they may try to make it otherwise. art is inherently authentic, it's all self-expression, even John Cage couldn't shed self-expression though he spent his entire career in the attempt at & can be said to have died trying. that there is my take, I think all this "authenticity is a critical fallacy" stuff is old-hat new criticism baggage that should be cast off like an...old hat

it's all self expression but well what is the self, really

Οὖτις, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:30 (one year ago) link

There is a signature, yes, as the artist leaves more or less identifiable traces all over the work, but the work is beyond the artist, mocking any and all attempts at appropriating the creative act. We may speak of degrees of inauthenticity, perhaps, but even that leaves much to be desired: who's to say the overlap of person and persona isn't an elaborate ruse on the work's part, for example?

pomenitul, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:36 (one year ago) link

every single piece of art anybody makes tells me something about that person no matter how hard they may try to make it otherwise

Yeah, but so does the persona they've created in which to make that art, is what I'm saying. There's always that layer in between. And the persona is part of the art, but to deny that there's a persona at all is BS.

To pick a specific example, Jim Osterberg is not Iggy Pop. But it tells you a lot about Jim Osterberg that he came up with "Iggy Pop." And you can sort of track, album by album, the process by which "Iggy Pop" took over, to the point that there's a whole category of what I call "The Adventures of Iggy" songs on his albums, particularly those from the 1990s and after.

grawlix (unperson), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:36 (one year ago) link

It seems to me that "all art is self-expression" is only trivially true, in the sense that (more or less) all art is made by someone, and most someones have some interiority, so it's reasonable to assume that an artist's interiority somehow enters into the explanation for the art they made, if only fractionally. But plenty of art can be understood perfectly well without knowing a thing about the inner life of whoever made it, or without coming to understand the artist through the art.

Anyway I don't actually know where the conversation in this thread is headed but I've been reading A.C. Danto, The Transfiguration of the Commonplace, and I have been having thoughts, which means I have to post something.

devops mom (silby), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:36 (one year ago) link

This is old hat, no doubt about it, but I've yet to be convinced that the opposite paradigm is any more applicable and useful.

xp

pomenitul, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:37 (one year ago) link

I would like to subscribe to all of youse's newsletters

i’m still stanning (morrisp), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:41 (one year ago) link

Consume my heart away; sick with desire
And fastened to a dying animal
It knows not what it is; and gather me
Into the artifice of eternity.

under a mand'rin tsar (darraghmac), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:43 (one year ago) link

Thank God I know about Maud Gonne and Georgie Hyde Lees or I'd find little meaning in those lines.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:48 (one year ago) link

MG iirc the dying animal

under a mand'rin tsar (darraghmac), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 22:52 (one year ago) link

Hemiotics

we æt so many shimripl (Whiney G. Weingarten), Tuesday, 26 June 2018 23:16 (one year ago) link

But plenty of art can be understood perfectly well without knowing a thing about the inner life of whoever made it, or without coming to understand the artist through the art.

I know a lot of this is asked-and-answered for a lot of people, it was for me at one point too. but I've come think that when you know somebody's art, you understand something -- probably a big something -- about the person who made it. you don't know, like, where they live or what they had for breakfast necessarily, but the "me" you get from a person's art is probably more the "actual" person than the usually pretty tailored and practiced thing you get from talking to somebody. or living with somebody. this doesn't mean "if a guy sings about murder all the time he probably kills people" -- absurd, right -- but it's just as absurd to say that, say, Cannibal Corpse just happens to be singing about murder all the time. you have a good idea about what drives & inspires & fascinates & obsesses an artist from their themes, from the phrases & storylines & images they return to or avoid, etc etc. I don't think the art's separable from the person, nor is the persona, all that's a feint. that plenty of artists buy into the feint is interesting but in the end the personae you wear aren't external to you, they're just a version of you imo

she carries a torch. two torches, actually (Joan Crawford Loves Chachi), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:21 (one year ago) link

Light the first light of evening, as in a room
In which we rest and, for small reason, think
The world imagined is the ultimate good.

This is, therefore, the intensest rendezvous.
It is in that thought that we collect ourselves,
Out of all the indifferences, into one thing:

Within a single thing, a single shawl
Wrapped tightly round us, since we are poor, a warmth,
A light, a power, the miraculous influence.

Here, now, we forget each other and ourselves.
We feel the obscurity of an order, a whole,
A knowledge, that which arranged the rendezvous.

Within its vital boundary, in the mind.
We say God and the imagination are one...
How high that highest candle lights the dark.

Out of this same light, out of the central mind,
We make a dwelling in the evening air,
In which being there together is enough.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:41 (one year ago) link

it's never a bad time to paraphrase Wilde (and Yeats): the wearing of a mask is a way of telling the truth.

morning wood truancy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 00:42 (one year ago) link

good post JCLC

we æt so many shimripl (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 01:26 (one year ago) link

I mostly think that authenticity is a sham: once you look closely, it evaporates away. But I do wonder if, rather than being a locatable thing in itself, it's just (one) another name for the thing that makes something (subjectively) better than something else. We all look for reasons, and language to fit those reasons, for why something leaves a wound in us, and authenticity is one name or one concept/strategy for making sense of that.

It's Romantic in the sense that it's a process of (probably false) enchantment, but (to paraphrase Elizabeth Bishop) it seems a reasonably coherent way of sorting through the things that pass us as we float through.

The shard-borne beetle with his drowsy hums (Chinaski), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 08:50 (one year ago) link

you have a good idea about what drives & inspires & fascinates & obsesses an artist from their themes, from the phrases & storylines & images they return to or avoid, etc etc.

does this pov require there to be an 'auteur' creating the artwork, whose interiority can be discerned through the artwork? like, if you're a jobbing director directing an episode of a long running tv show does this still apply? or a piece of art/media that is created by committee rather than by one person with complete creative control? in those cases maybe some of an individual's own obsessions and interiority creep in around the edges, but in a more diluted form? but even in a case where you have an auteur with complete control their 'self-expression' is still diluted by all kinds of things

'all art is authentic' doesn't seem that different in practise from 'no art is authentic', either way there's no point in trying to distinguish authentic from non-authentic art, or uses 'authenticity' as a concept to understand or analyse a piece of art?

soref, Wednesday, 27 June 2018 08:59 (one year ago) link

A reductive story

There are communities of artists in Chicago who create music which is, through the obscuring effects of power differentials — access to PR, a weakened local press, a vacuum of investment, etc — largely invisible to the outside world.

One artist breaks out and because this stuff has been isolated from a broader mainstream, it’s culture is distinct and stands apart; outside, people want access to this experience of radical difference; they want to appreciate it, to profit from it, to enjoy it, to argue about it, to love it, to use it as a political football.

The lack of infrastructure means the demand is higher than these local artists ability to create supply, and there’s an entire system elsewhere built up to reproduce the aesthetic choices that made this local phenomenon interesting to the outside world, and the potential profits that make it worth time. And a much stronger ability to market it.

The local artists, seeing their sound or ideas replicated, respond differently: some are proud, some are angry, some are practical, take advantage of this new cachet to make further industry connections. None of the above are making much money from the thing they created; some might start calling outsider versions, which lack certain nuances or subtleties of the local culture, “fake” — aka inauthentic

Does that mean they think culture shouldn’t travel ? Does that mean they think it should be fenced in, or that they’d trade their newfound cultural cachet for obscurity? Or is it a simple economic argument, that isn’t arguing abt the illegitimacy of anyone else’s work as much as it is for the legitimacy and Real World Capital to match the much more ephemeral cultural capital they’ve earned? An appeal to the moral or ethical sense of an audience to consider the realities that what music they’ve been sold is mediated through a massive system which has not rewarded their creative endeavors but has benefitted from them?

I think in this sense, references to “authenticity” serve a very real purpose

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:18 (one year ago) link

It of course becomes more extreme when the things co opted are ie gang culture; that slang abt bloods starts getting used by corporate twitter accounts & there’s some really jarring shit where ppl are in jail & family members are dead & it’s a punchline to a guy running a social media account

I am not critiquing this as “appropriation” but just from the general POV of, like, empathy and respect for national tragedies...

Unperson: “there is no such thing as authentic blood culture so when Staples tweets ‘welcome to baples bitches’ it’s completely fine”

Listen to my homeboy Fantano (D-40), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:27 (one year ago) link

Yawn TLDR thread

stoker (Ross), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:19 (one year ago) link

Boring boring move it to ile

stoker (Ross), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:21 (one year ago) link

Y’all need a hot pocket instead of hot takes 24-7

stoker (Ross), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:30 (one year ago) link

Good post D-40, like exactly it

Um if I kicked off this rather droning tangent about "separating art from artist, can it be done? what is authenticity" it wasn't my intention

I was just saying that a considerable portion of rap listeners want their rappers to appear hard, and a history of criminality is an asset in this regard, my mom knows how many times 50 Cent was shot etc.

nevertheless, he stopped (flamboyant goon tie included), Wednesday, 27 June 2018 13:13 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

this is what spin is now

https://i.ibb.co/3rsMSkb/Screen-Shot-2019-06-06-at-3-56-34-PM.png

Frozen CD, Thursday, 6 June 2019 19:58 (three months ago) link


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