Pandering for the Presidency and How Hip Hop is Dumping Trump

Smoke DZA isn’t passing Trump the blunt nor the presidency (image credit: Genius) If you’re like me, when everyone was talking about the first presidential debate two weeks ago (yes, I realize since that since the first debate Trump has verbally assaulted the female population and the second debate already happened; I blame ISIS for the time delay), […]

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Writer-Shaming, Part 2: The Legal Problems of Songwriting, Sampling, and Influence

Beyoncé  and all of the writers credited on Lemonade (Image credit: thanassis79) Last week, I briefly mentioned Meek Mill’s “Wanna Know”, a contender for worst diss song of all time, in my discussion of ghostwriting. To recap, “Wanna Know”, directed at Meek’s fellow rapper/perpetual friendzone occupant Drake, makes a straightforward argument: that Drake’s use of […]

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Writer-Shaming, Part 1: The Non-Issue of Ghostwriters

Kanye performing with a bunch of faceless ghosts behind him – wow, symbolism! (image credit: Flickr) On September 14th, rapper/singer/producer/actor/apparent Renaissance Man Kid Cudi was in a storm of feelings, and, like most people who have Twitter, he let his followers know it via a Twitter rant. Although most of his tweets consisted of empty boasting […]

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