The Week in Music Politics:
Janelle Monáe tweeted this week that she believes woman should go on a sex strike:
People have to start respecting the vagina. Until every man is fighting for our rights, we should consider stopping having sex. I love men. But evil men? I will not tolerate that. You don’t deserve to be in my presence. If you’re going to own this world and this is how you’re going to rule this world, I am not going to contribute anymore until you change it. We have to realize our power and our magic. Because I am all about black girl magic, even though I’m standing with all women. But this year? This year, I am so care free black girl.
Janelle clarified that she didn’t mean to sex as a bargaining tool when the internet got a little heated over her comments…
but I do get frustrated when women’s rights are trampled on and disregarded. And we must demand our agency… Sometimes you give interviews right after the “leader of the free world” has a meeting to discuss women’s issues with a room full of men… and it’s very frustrating.
Chance the Rapper is continuing his string of weekly charity with the release of “Chance the Birthday,” a birthday celebration in Chicago on April 16th with “performances from special guests” and everyone’s invited. Tickets can be purchased here, with all proceeds going to his Social Works organization.
The Week in Music Beefs:
T.I. vs. everybody erupted this week with the Atlanta rapper declaring that he invented trap music, Vibe reports:
“A lot of people they don’t really […] know that I created trap music,” he told the Voice of New York. “There was no such thing as trap prior to… no such thing, it didn’t exist.”
While no one has yet to clap back, such as Gucci Mane, he threw out some pretty damn bold claims right there.
Also throwing out claims this week was Vince Staples, who named Kendrick Lamar the Best Rapper Alive on Los Angeles’s Power 106 radio: “If we’re talking about right now, it’s Kendrick, easy, not even close.”
XXXTentacion vs. Drake, a beef that gets updated on a weekly basis, turned up the heat another notch. One of XXX’s shows in Miami got cancelled this week as a riot of fans screaming “fuck Drake!” got the whole event shut down by the police before it even began. The whole thing started when XXXtentacion said that Drake stole his flow on one of his More Life tracks, and while Drake has yet to respond, Offset from Migos came to his defense last week. Tune in next time, folks!
The Week in Music #NoRoleModelz:
In reference to J. Cole’s track “No Role Modelz” off the platinum-with-no-features record 2014 Forest Hills Drive, the following is an account of musicians and artists that left us all disappointed with their behavior this week:
Well, it’s official. Bobby Shmurda is going to jail some more. Complex reports that another one-and-a-half to four years was added to the seven he is currently serving at Riker’s Island due to his girlfriend passing him a homemade knife back in 2015. If you don’t know the once-potentially big NYC rapper, it’s probably because he’s just been in jail since 2014.
In other news, it seems like the New-England Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski’s party cruise was quite the time. Not only have Waka Flocka Flame and Flo Rida been banned from Norwegian cruise lines for reportedly taking a dump behind the pool and laying a $20 bill on top, but there’s actual footage of Gronk on stage telling people that he’d give them “10 grand cash right now if you bang in front of everybody.” jeez, man.
The Week in Music Business:
Despite losing the Academy Award to Moonlight, La La Land did win in almost every other category, and now they’ve taken the lead in record sales too. According to data from Nielsen Music, the La La Land soundtrack is the highest selling vinyl record of 2017 thus far, clocking in at 25,000 units. My take—I’m fine with it.
People got up in arms about Coachella this week because they could’ve booked Kate Bush’s first ever U.S. show, but honestly I could care less about people arguing over who does or doesn’t play massive festivals.
Lil Wayne announced at a show in Pennsylvania this week that he is now signed to Jay-Z’s label Roc Nation, according to 2DopeBoyz. Whether he’s out of contract with Birdman on Cash Money or not has yet to be answered, as well as the whereabouts of The Carter V, but as far as Wayne’s concerned, he’s on Roc Nation now…?
The Week in Music Merch:
Sigur Ros have created a new THC-infused edible gumdrop that is “inspired by the flavors of foraged Iceland berries.” The edibles will be released in select California dispensaries or delivery from their website. I guess Sigur Ros figured out how to get people to listen to their back catalog.
The Week in Music Oddities:
There was a lecture at St. Louis’ Washington University on Wednesday April 12, in which professor Dr. Jeffrey McCune presented his topic: Name One Genius That Ain’t Crazy: Kanye West and the Politics of Self-Diagnosis. “I want to give people permission to have moments where they break” and “give people permission to have moments where they experience depression,” he explained. “I want to give them permission to have those moments without being characterized as being some type of deviant figure in the community. I don’t want to take away that experience and call it crazy. It’s reasonable. And it must be addressed with love, compassion, care, generosity.” hmm.
Hear this crazy pitch: VICE is going to put out a show called The Therapist in which well-known rappers and musicians sit down Dr. Siri Sat Nam Singh, an L.A. based-therapist and clinical director, and basically “go there,” as Singh says at the end of the trailer: “we’re gonna create a safe space for you to puke that stuff out.” If you ever had the urge to see artists like Freddie Gibbs, Joey Bada$$, Young M.A, D.R.A.M., Waka Flocka Flame, and more go through awkward T.V. therapy sessions, then The Therapist‘s premiere on May 8th on Viceland is your niche lucky day.
Here’s one of my favorite bits of news this week, Ludacris is going to host an MTV revival of the hit reality/game show Fear Factor, the original T.V. show that encompassed dares, stunts, and eatin’ bugs: basically fighting physical fears for money. The verdict’s out on when the show will premiere, but don’t worry you’ll know as soon as I do, trust me.
The Week in Music Releases:
- Kendrick Lamar – DAMN.
- Talib Kweli & Styles P. – Last Ones
Lastly, watch Snoop Dogg induct Tupac Shakur into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:
I’m here to make sure that Pac is remembered the way he would have wanted to be: a strong black man who stood up. Not somebody who acted like a rapper, but as a human…That’s what made Tupac the greatest rapper of all time.