in fact - not keeping it simple seems like a standard route for journalism in hip hop. journalists flatter themselves that they're *krazy wordsmiths* like the rappers.
i suppose that bloke dave tompkins is the classic case in point.i can't understand a word he's on about. surely in music journalism - clarity, honesty and good taste is what you want?
But I think the balance between taste and singles is not always easy to strike. A good rapper is making a ton of great songs on projects, be they tapes or albums, but depending on where their career is the fans might dictate a poor single, or management, or maybe they're terrible at singles. Noz is a huge fan of Starlito, who has made great densely interpersonal projects, but whenever he tries to go for a "BIG RAP SINGLE" almost always strikes out. By that right, do you discount the artist's year if they made a bunch of shit singles but they still were really productive?
Apropos of no thing: Starlito was a fan of my review of his album, albeit justifiably annoyed by me implying that he hoovers any drugs he can get hold of up his nose. Still, proudest moment of my undistinguished career in freelance journalism.
*insert danny glover gif*At the moment, in music journalism, I'd want people with knowledge of the software, knowledge of the equipment. I want people who can identify what is being used, and why, and talk about it.
i realised recently how behind i am with knowledge of modern music software.
does anyone still use fruity? logic? what do people use now? if i wanted to make beats like hud mo (and get on kanyes albums), WTF would i be using?
One of these
I wanna get back into producing soon, somebody throw me a cracked copy of Reason pleeeease
I think actual synths are still the ideal. Not even cos they supposedly sound better, but because they're more fun to play with. Who wants to move shit around on a screen when you can excitedly jab at a keyboard?
Woebot, here is a Spotify list I made of the Martorialist's best tracks of 2015.
This is even more useful/relevant - Martorialist best of 2010-2015!
Good thing I'm a martorialist Stan, really.
A lot of those videos have gone so here's the original post it's based on: http://themartorialist.blogspot.co.u...p-songs_7.html
Main Attrakionz - 808s & Dark Grapes II
Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli
Roc Marciano - Marcberg
Young Thug - Barter 6
Run the Jewels - Run the Jewels
Gucci Mane - Trap House 3
Lil B - I'm Gay
100s - IVRY
Future - DS2
also drake, juicy j (blue dream and lean in particular), schoolboy q, more future, more young thug, more killer mike related things, more gucci, more lil b, more green ova related things
I've seen the errors in my ways, so here's a better (and far less embarrassing) list.
Future- 56 Nights
Young Thug- Slime Season 2, 1017 Thug
Rae Sremmurd- Ear Drummers
Mike Will Made It- Ransom
Don Mega & Waka Flocka Flame- Dreads n Golds
M.B.E- Have A Party