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Re: This is America - Childish Gambino

Postby sloopjohnc » 10 May 2018, 17:37

sneelock wrote:I agree with all that but did Beyonce at the Super Bowl “tell us how to think”?
I think black crossover artists putting feelings about race into their art is a really great thing


I do too when they relate it to their own lives. Just don't tell me how I should think.

Fuck the Police is a great song because it comes from a very personal perspective. Not necessarily mine, but it gives insight into someone else's. But it doesn't tell me I have to feel that way. Just where the artist is coming from.

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Postby Count Machuki » 10 May 2018, 17:55

Let U be the set of all united sets, K be the set of the kids and D be the set of things divided.
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Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 10 May 2018, 18:31

sloopjohnc wrote:
sneelock wrote:I agree with all that but did Beyonce at the Super Bowl “tell us how to think”?
I think black crossover artists putting feelings about race into their art is a really great thing


I do too when they relate it to their own lives. Just don't tell me how I should think.

Fuck the Police is a great song because it comes from a very personal perspective. Not necessarily mine, but it gives insight into someone else's. But it doesn't tell me I have to feel that way. Just where the artist is coming from.


Why assume they’re talking to you* anyway?

Black America is talking to itself, it’s time to shut up and listen.

*not you specifically
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Re: This is America - Childish Gambino

Postby sloopjohnc » 10 May 2018, 19:05

gash on ignore wrote:
sloopjohnc wrote:
sneelock wrote:I agree with all that but did Beyonce at the Super Bowl “tell us how to think”?
I think black crossover artists putting feelings about race into their art is a really great thing


I do too when they relate it to their own lives. Just don't tell me how I should think.

Fuck the Police is a great song because it comes from a very personal perspective. Not necessarily mine, but it gives insight into someone else's. But it doesn't tell me I have to feel that way. Just where the artist is coming from.


Why assume they’re talking to you* anyway?

Black America is talking to itself, it’s time to shut up and listen.

*not you specifically


Good point.

It's all about me, though. Didn't you know that?

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Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 10 May 2018, 19:06

#sloopsplaining
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Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 10 May 2018, 19:06

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Re: This is America - Childish Gambino

Postby The Modernist » 12 May 2018, 16:38

sloopjohnc wrote:
Hodgson's Tears wrote:'genius' why exactly?


I think a better person to ask is Jumper's rapper friend. As an older American white guy, I catch some of the obvious stuff, but there are layers to this. Here's what the Atlantic wrote about it:

"The music itself is more art collage than song, its tunefulness a means rather than an end. Over a bustle of merry chants, foreboding bass, and James Brown yowls, Glover paraphrases the mode of popular hip-hop. Trending rappers drop by with their signature adlibs—“skrrt, skrrt” goes Slim Jxmmi (Sloop note: Glover also namechecks rapper Kodak Black)—and Glover strings together keywords: party, money, cops. The video clarifies the semi-satirical meaning here. Glover and a troupe of school kids perform choreography derived from viral videos and historical images of black performance, and Hiro Murai’s camera follows them often at an unnervingly indifferent midrange distance (Murai is one of Glover’s chief collaborators on Atlanta). A frenzy of pursuits, riots, and shootings unfolds in the margins. The song and dance routine is partly a respite from, and partly an accompaniment to, the chaos.


In this, Glover certainly isn’t the first artist to suggest that black popular entertainment can simultaneously work as minstrelsy, appeasing a racist system, and as a gas valve of joy for people crunched by that system. Nor is he the first to describe the psychic tax of this state of affairs, seen both when Glover’s character wearily lights a joint and when, in some other space that may well signify his subconscious, he runs in terror from a white mob. But Murai’s eye and staging and Glover’s performance are together so stylish and surreal that the message is made newly raw. Jarring use of empty space, contrast, and timing keep every frame stark and alive."

But there's also other stuff in there. Glover gunning down the choir recalls the Charleston church shooting by Dylan Roof.


I'm sorry but all the gushing above does nothing to explain to me why it should be seen as genius. Musically this is very ordinary. Don't believe the hype.

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Postby sloopjohnc » 12 May 2018, 18:00

The Modernist wrote:
sloopjohnc wrote:
Hodgson's Tears wrote:'genius' why exactly?


I think a better person to ask is Jumper's rapper friend. As an older American white guy, I catch some of the obvious stuff, but there are layers to this. Here's what the Atlantic wrote about it:

"The music itself is more art collage than song, its tunefulness a means rather than an end. Over a bustle of merry chants, foreboding bass, and James Brown yowls, Glover paraphrases the mode of popular hip-hop. Trending rappers drop by with their signature adlibs—“skrrt, skrrt” goes Slim Jxmmi (Sloop note: Glover also namechecks rapper Kodak Black)—and Glover strings together keywords: party, money, cops. The video clarifies the semi-satirical meaning here. Glover and a troupe of school kids perform choreography derived from viral videos and historical images of black performance, and Hiro Murai’s camera follows them often at an unnervingly indifferent midrange distance (Murai is one of Glover’s chief collaborators on Atlanta). A frenzy of pursuits, riots, and shootings unfolds in the margins. The song and dance routine is partly a respite from, and partly an accompaniment to, the chaos.


In this, Glover certainly isn’t the first artist to suggest that black popular entertainment can simultaneously work as minstrelsy, appeasing a racist system, and as a gas valve of joy for people crunched by that system. Nor is he the first to describe the psychic tax of this state of affairs, seen both when Glover’s character wearily lights a joint and when, in some other space that may well signify his subconscious, he runs in terror from a white mob. But Murai’s eye and staging and Glover’s performance are together so stylish and surreal that the message is made newly raw. Jarring use of empty space, contrast, and timing keep every frame stark and alive."

But there's also other stuff in there. Glover gunning down the choir recalls the Charleston church shooting by Dylan Roof.


I'm sorry but all the gushing above does nothing to explain to me why it should be seen as genius. Musically this is very ordinary. Don't believe the hype.


There's this allegory about prisoners, fire and puppeteers in a cave. . .

Some people just don't want to see the truth because of their own limitations.

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Re: This is America - Childish Gambino

Postby kalowski II: The Revenge » 12 May 2018, 18:07

Don’t waste your time, Jamiroquai were the last black act that floated G’s boat.
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Postby PENK » 12 May 2018, 21:16

The Modernist wrote:
sloopjohnc wrote:
Hodgson's Tears wrote:'genius' why exactly?


I think a better person to ask is Jumper's rapper friend. As an older American white guy, I catch some of the obvious stuff, but there are layers to this. Here's what the Atlantic wrote about it:

"The music itself is more art collage than song, its tunefulness a means rather than an end. Over a bustle of merry chants, foreboding bass, and James Brown yowls, Glover paraphrases the mode of popular hip-hop. Trending rappers drop by with their signature adlibs—“skrrt, skrrt” goes Slim Jxmmi (Sloop note: Glover also namechecks rapper Kodak Black)—and Glover strings together keywords: party, money, cops. The video clarifies the semi-satirical meaning here. Glover and a troupe of school kids perform choreography derived from viral videos and historical images of black performance, and Hiro Murai’s camera follows them often at an unnervingly indifferent midrange distance (Murai is one of Glover’s chief collaborators on Atlanta). A frenzy of pursuits, riots, and shootings unfolds in the margins. The song and dance routine is partly a respite from, and partly an accompaniment to, the chaos.


In this, Glover certainly isn’t the first artist to suggest that black popular entertainment can simultaneously work as minstrelsy, appeasing a racist system, and as a gas valve of joy for people crunched by that system. Nor is he the first to describe the psychic tax of this state of affairs, seen both when Glover’s character wearily lights a joint and when, in some other space that may well signify his subconscious, he runs in terror from a white mob. But Murai’s eye and staging and Glover’s performance are together so stylish and surreal that the message is made newly raw. Jarring use of empty space, contrast, and timing keep every frame stark and alive."

But there's also other stuff in there. Glover gunning down the choir recalls the Charleston church shooting by Dylan Roof.


I'm sorry but all the gushing above does nothing to explain to me why it should be seen as genius. Musically this is very ordinary. Don't believe the hype.


The gushing states quite clearly that it's not aiming for musical brilliance. It's actually very calculated to have as much basic, commercial appeal as possible in order to attract viewers. The video is what people are really talking about.
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Postby PENK » 12 May 2018, 21:17

sloopjohnc wrote:
Hodgson's Tears wrote:'genius' why exactly?


I think a better person to ask is Jumper's rapper friend.


Or a couple of middle-aged white guys living in smalltown England who post on a messageboard about Wings and Gentle Giant.
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Postby Nikki Gradual » 12 May 2018, 23:02

It left me speechless. I was mesmerised from the start and didn't move for a good 10 seconds after it finished.
Stunning.
Except that, if you take the video away, it is pretty much total shit.
In the good olden days people wrote songs knowing that it had to be so catchy that it would get on TOTP and then so good lyrically that it would still get their message/meaning across even after going through the wringer of being "interpreted" by Ruby Flipper.
Now the film is more important than the song in telling the story.
Sorry if someone has previously made all these points. I haven't read it. This is the UK. Yeah!
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Postby sloopjohnc » 13 May 2018, 05:32

Nikki Gradual wrote:It left me speechless. I was mesmerised from the start and didn't move for a good 10 seconds after it finished.
Stunning.
Except that, if you take the video away, it is pretty much total shit.
In the good olden days people wrote songs knowing that it had to be so catchy that it would get on TOTP and then so good lyrically that it would still get their message/meaning across even after going through the wringer of being "interpreted" by Ruby Flipper.
Now the film is more important than the song in telling the story.
Sorry if someone has previously made all these points. I haven't read it. This is the UK. Yeah!


Glover is a TV writer and visual artist as much as he's a rapper. I would bet he doesn't rate it very high among his own songs as far as songs go. It's more an interlude or short type of thing that you get on lots of hip hop albums these days.