ct5holy asked:

Do you think rap will ever produce an analog to the singer-songwriters of the 70s and 80s like Tom Waits and James Taylor? I think rap has some auteurs (DOOM, Diamond D) but those guys have not breached the mass consciousness. Kanye would be the closest thing but I think his liner notes have always been full of co-production/writing credits (except maybe "808s"?). Are the masses even open to the idea of a guy telling stories/sharing his worldview over his own simple but accessible beats?

tumblinerb answered:

I don’t completely understand this question. If you’re asking about rappers who produce their own beats and tell stories/share their worldview then you should check out Breaking Atoms by Main Source. Large Professor made all the beats and raps, which deal with a lot of emotional shit pertaining to relationships, racism, etc. in a pretty smart fashion.  (There are two Canadian DJs in the group too but I don’t think they actually did anything at all.)  Alternately check out DJ Quik’s Trauma which is more about raw, unchecked emotions. Or if simplicity/sparseness of the production is your principle concern then maybe try Ka’s The Night’s Gambit or Roc Marciano’s Marcberg. And does Pimp C count? Because he should. Beatmaking is beside the point really. All rapping is writing and at a certain level writing is an inherently auteurist form.

Either way the type of music I think you are imagining tends not to breach the mass consciousness  because narrative introspective isn’t especially marketable on a mainstream level anymore. Certainly not like it was in the ’70s. I mean narratives in general are a hard sell these days and I’m not just talking about in music. (I hate to admit it but Drake probably comes closer to whatever distinction you are trying to make than any other rapper on radio right now.)

Also I don’t know what Tom Waits has to do with James Taylor. I always thought Tom Waits was some rich faux hobo guy who sings like he is auditioning for the second shift Cookie Monster suit at Sesame Place whereas James Taylor is a great singer and one of the hardest motherfuckers when it comes to writing sensitive optimistic songs that hurt my heart in a good way if I hear them in the grocery store.

I love this answer to this question.


sunvapor asked:

What the fucks happening in Ferguson?

clehmentine answered:

Alright, i’m gonna sit down and basically explain the situation in this ask so everyone of my followers knows why i’m so pissed.

Michael Brown, a 17 - 18 year old african american boy was unlawfully shot (8-10 times supposedly) by police in St Louis, Missouri on saturday, august 9th, 2014. He was unarmed, and had done nothing to attract suspicion other than the fact that he was black. His body was left in the street for 4 hours. (beware: somewhat graphic image linked)

There are several claims from witnesses (see: Dorian Johnson’s account and video [HIGHLY RECOMMEND READING UP ON HIS ACCOUNT, ITS VERY SPECIFIC] — Brown’s friend who experienced the situation first hand, La’Toya Cash and Phillip Walker— Ferguson residents nearby the incident),  that fall together in generally close claims. However, the only one who’s claim seems out of place is the police officer’s who shot Brown. Who, by the way, is put off on paid administrative leave AND who’s name remained under anonymity for his safety (However, attorney Benjamin Crump is looking for a way to force release his name). He claims that Brown began to wrestle the officer for his gun and tried attacking him after he told Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson (22) to “get the f*ck on the sidewalk”.

According to Johnson, after a minor confrontation on the officer’s part where he grabbed Brown by the neck and then by the shirt, the officer pulled his gun on Brown and shot him at point blank range on the right side of his body. Brown and Johnson were able to get away briefly and started running. However, Brown was shot in the back, supposedly disabling him from getting very far. He turned around with his arms in the air and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” By this point, Brown and the officer were face to face as the cop shot him several times in the face and chest until he was finally dead. Johnson ran to his apartment and by the sound of his account, seemingly had some sort of panic attack. Later he emerged from his home to see Brown still laying in the streets. People were gathered with their cellphones, screaming at the police.

According to msnbc, the police refuse to interview Johnson at all, despite his amazing courage to come forward. They didn’t wanna hear it. They only listened to the cop’s account of it all and were vague with the media on what they thought happened. They’ve also refused to commit to a timeline in releasing autopsy results and other investigation information.

Numerous rumors are sweeping around such as Brown stealing candy from a QuickTrip, the store he emerged from calling the cops on him, Brown reaching for a gun, Brown attacking the cop first, ect. But these have all been debunked. (I know a lot of these have been debunked, but im having a hard time finding sources. if anyone could help out and link some legit ones id be SO grateful)

The event in and of itself was terrible, but now it has escalated beyond belief. Around 100 or more people, mostly black, went to the police station to protest peacefully. Things quickly turned bad as martial law got involved and authorities were bringing in K9s, tanks, heavy artillery, ect. The heavy police presence only made things worse as riots began to break out and looting and vandalism started. [ x ] [ x ] [ x ]

Now, as of very recently, the media has been banned from Ferguson. There is also a No-Fly zone above Ferguson for the reason of “ TO PROVIDE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ACTIVITIES ” as said on the Federal Aviation Commission’s website. Cop cars are lined up on the borders to prevent people from entering/leaving. Media outlets are being threatened with arrest. It completely violates our amendments and everything.

It’s becoming increasingly scary and difficult to find out whats going on over there. I’m afraid this is all the information I have, though. If anybody else knows anything about the situation, please feel free to add on or correct any mistakes i’ve made as i’m no expert on writing these things.

And as a personal favor, i’d really appreciate anyone to give this a reblog in order to spread the word. I think it’s a shame that this is going on in our own country yet so few people know about it. Help me make this topic huge and get this as much attention as possible.



FOREVER: 31 POSTCARDS IN 31 DAYS is a new zine I whipped up just in time for the DC Zine Fest! You may remember me posting hand-drawn postcards with personal stories last October as part of  31 Postcards in 31 Days (suggested to me by badass jendilemma).

This quarter-page, full-color zine compiles all the postcards I sent (full addresses removed) and you can find it at my shop!

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