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Nasty

Nasty

Nas has been around forever. And you can see it in his smooth, understated flow, both in the rap and in the video.
At this point in his career, Nas doesn’t need subtext anymore, he doesn’t have anything he needs to hide. Nothing left to prove, no image to maintain. What you see is exactly what it is. And&#133 Read the rest

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Little Bad Illusion

Little Bad Illusion

In the cult of pop, the DJ is the High Priest. (The MC is the High Priestess) He is the weaver of the magic that keeps the party hopping. He’s the reason why people go to clubs. Anyone who’s ever tried to replicate the club experience at home knows that without a skilled DJ, the party’s going to suck.&#133 Read the rest

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A Different Kind of Love Song

A Different Kind of Love Song

OK, so what’s going on here? The first thing that jumps out is the superficiality of the guys she’s describing. They have nice cars whose A/Cs they run with the drop-top down. He might be a cocaine dealer, she doesn’t care, so long as he has the right kind of build.
The gym rats in the video and the&#133 Read the rest

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Bills Paid on Time

Bills Paid on Time

This song and video plays very delicately with gender and sexuality. If you’ve ever read Robert Greene’s The Art of Seduction, you’ll recognize the seductive archetype of the dandy, one of the more interesting and powerful ones. A woman who dresses in a masculine fashion, who commands and leads, yet still retains her femininity. More common is the converse,&#133 Read the rest

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Hotter than the Remix

Hotter than the Remix

‘Bout time I did Britney.

Look at Britney. Older, wiser. But still totally bangin’. She didn’t write this song. But that’s, actually, just another part of the construction. They practically trumpet from the rooftops the team that wrote it, including Kesha, the consummate party animal. The idea being that Britney might otherwise have never come up with something like&#133 Read the rest

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Get to Digging!

Get to Digging!

I wanted to do Justin Bieber, but he’s going to have to wait. Today is Incubus’s Dig.

The animation is really interesting. Incubus laid out a contest for their fans, and incorporated the best animation for the video into the official one. The artwork captures the tone of the song perfectly. Somber, melancholic. The tree is all but dead,&#133 Read the rest

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Consequences? Bring ‘em on!

Consequences? Bring ‘em on!

Today we’re looking at Ke$ha.

Typically, pop songs are well-crafted, well-sung. This one isn’t. Why? It’s all part of the message and the image. Kesha deliberately understates her looks, dresses down, and doesn’t bother auto-tuning the trailer park out of her voice.
But it’s still huge. There’s a reason it’s used in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid commercial,&#133 Read the rest

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Born Which Way?

Born Which Way?

I thought I’d have to listen to a lot of Lady Gaga to find something worthy of a piece. I was pleasantly surprised. Today we’re listening to Lady Gaga’s Born This Way.

To understand this video, you have to understand two things. First her core audience (for this video) of 12-18 year old girls. If you can’t put yourself&#133 Read the rest

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Heart in a Headlock

Heart in a Headlock

Today we’re going to listen to Imogen Heap’s Headlock. I love Imogen because she’s sooo fantastic at capturing the terrible, yet whimsical storms of femininity.

What is this song about? Let’s look at the elements. What’s in the video? Machines, lots of machines, strange and fanciful. White space. And Imogen herself, in colorful costume and dancing interpretively. Finally, you&#133 Read the rest

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Promiscuous Boy, Get to the Point

Promiscuous Boy, Get to the Point

This song is ancient by pop music standards. But it’s still one of the best illustrations of the club singles scene I’ve ever seen.

Let’s start with the title of the song. “Promiscuous.” That’s a big word. It’s repeated several times throughout the chorus and keeps reminding you; these aren’t normal people we’re dealing with. These are promiscuous people.&#133 Read the rest

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