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Lyrically Speaking: “Yours and Mine” – Beyonce

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i sometimes wish i could just be anonymous and just walk down a street just like everyone else. before i was famous, i was the girl on the hill with the guitar. i was the girl that just wanted a beautiful view of the beach. and now that I’m famous it’s really really difficult to do very simple things. i think it’s the hardest thing to give up. but my mother always taught me to be strong: and to never be a victim, never make excuses, never expect anyone else to provide for me things that i know i can provide for myself. i have dreams. and i feel like i have a power to make those dreams become a reality.

when you’re famous no one looks at you like a human anymore. you become the property of the public. there’s nothing real about it. [just look at these dazzling women, the finest representatives of our nation. ready to reach for the stars and grab the crown!] you can’t put your finger on who i am. i can’t put my finger on who i am. i am complicated i grew up with a lot of conflict and traumas, and I’ve been through a lot. just like everyone else. my escape was always music, and i’m so lucky that that’s my job.

but if i accomplished al of these things and had no one to share it with it would be worth nothing. you know you need something real in order for any of this stuff to matter.

you have to have something that is forever. something that is invisible.

i was brought up seeing my mother try to please and make everyone comfortable. and um i always felt like it was my job to fix the problem. people-pleaser. but i’m no longer afraid of conflict, and i don’t think conflict is a bad thing. because i know that when you grow up, when you learn a few things, you no longer afraid of letting go. you’re no longer afraid of the unknown. you’re no longer afraid of going to certain places in your body and your mind and your soul that may make you feel uncomfortable.

and it all starts with if you can look yourself in the mirror and say i like that person, you know. if i hadn’t gone through some of the painful experiences in my life, i would not be me.

“I feel like my body is borrowed, and this life is very temporary.”

 

i watched my friend’s body deteriorate, and to see someone pass on so gracefully put everything into perspective. we do not value ourselves enough, especially young people don’t really appreciate how brilliant our bodies are. I’ve always been ver very specific and very choosy – very choosey – about what i do with my body and who i want to share that with. people feel like they lose something when they get married, but it doesn’t have to be that way. there’s nothing more exciting about having a witness to your life.

i always consider myself a feminist although i was always afraid of that word because people put so much on it. when honestly, it’s very simple, it’s just a person that believes in equality for men and women. men and women balance each other out and we have to get to a point where we are comfortable appreciating each other.

i have a lot of empathy for men and the pressures that they go through, and the cultures that have been created, especially for african-american men. i have the same empathy for women and the pressures we go through. the woman has to provide so many things for their children. i consider myself a humanist.

you know everybody’s not good at everything. you know, it’s okay to depend on someone. it’s actually what we’re supposed to do, we’re supposed to depend on each other. and when you find the person that you trust and you love and you feel is going to respect you and and take all of the sxxt you have a turn it around and bring out the best in you. they feed you it is the most powerful thing you can ever feel in your life. happiness comes from you, no one else can make you happy. you make you happy.

and one thing that is for sure: the love i have, for music, for my husband, for my child, is something that will last far beyond my life.

#YoursandMine


Mood Ring: Marquis Phifer

In his own words, #nowplaying the soundtrack to Founder of Provision NYC, Marquis Phifer‘s life.

 

“(M)elodies From Heaven” – Kirk Franklin & The Family

​I chose this song because​ we live in a culture where needing people’s validation becomes more important than having God’s anointing, and you’ll sell yourself short. We hear so many other voices and melodies from the outside world when God wants us to allow him to guide us in our decisions, He whispers information that we can never learn any place else but we must learn to hear Him.

 

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“(A)ward Tour” – A Tribe Called Quest

I chose this song because I am an evangelist for adventure and international upgrades. This song makes me want to grab my passport, live out of a suitcase (Zero Halliburton) and 5 star hotels in London, Paris, Houston, Miami and be a champion of change inspiring others to show up to their unshakable dreams. You will be surprised that a lot of people are not present in their own lives. They will work a 9-5 for someone else, but won’t even show up to their dreams.

 

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“(R)elentless” – Hillsong United

I chose this song because it reminds me how God’s love is relentless. In our culture we praise and uplift the wrong things. We have to start demanding a return on our investments (what we spend our time investing in; other people, and things with no return). People may see your potential or have some idea about the direction you are headed in, but no one can get you there except God. Your source is greater than your situation, circumstance and your personal pain. You can’t have the Promise without the Process. There’s a Blessing chasing you Goodness & Mercy is waiting to bless you for your Faithfulness. Bless what’s blessing you, Feed what’s feeding you.

 

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“(Q)ueen of the Night” – Whitney Houston

I chose this song because sometimes you can’t always give a damn about what people think about you. I have tunnel vision so most think I’m rude and unrelatable and I don’t like explaining myself because perception is not one of my issues. Everyone acts like they want to change the world and do legendary and epic things but that same person will be misunderstood because of others insecurities, intimidation, struggles with power, and their marriage to mediocrity. I’m not here for the shenanigans, so then they label you as selfish. Trying to be Great is like one of those pill commercials….the glory is highlighted but the side effects of other peoples opinions you have to deal with come at the very end in small print. Note: being Great will cause people to be uncomfortable around you, misunderstand your passion, see you as intimidating, and then categorize you as overstepping your boundaries. But how are you supposed to do legendary and epic things if you’re following the norm? I don’t even get mad at things anymore…it’s like, oh okay. That’s cool, I guess.

 

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“(U)pgrade U” – Beyonce

I chose this song because most people are not dating someone they can have a future with, they are dating someone that’s convenient. Why do people accept unequally yoked relationships? Your partner is a reflection to where you’re going. Be with someone who has your same rhythm. Hold out until you find your EQUAL. Equally yoked. Because equality was fought for so why do you settle. Stop settling for a counterfeit life when you’re worth so much more. Hold out until you find your equal. Remain confident in the chaos. Relationships are supposed to add not subtract. Iron sharpens iron.

 

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“(I)mpossible” – Kanye West

I chose this song because everything you want is on the other side of fear. Fear kills more dreams than failure ever could. Fear is like a seed in the womb of your mind, it’s your choice to incubate it or reject it! You are never too late to correct your navigation and move into your purpose and destiny. There is no time to be average in a world full of crowns. Your story begins on ground level, with footsteps. Don’t follow in someone else’s footsteps stay busy walking in your own. Get rid of that economy mindset. We are Great Whites in a sea of opportunities on a mission to hunt not Dolphins just cruising.

 

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“(S)et the Atmosphere” – Kurt Carr & The Kurt Carr Singers

 

I chose this song because someone once told me not to bite off more than I can chew. I said I’d rather choke on greatness than nibble on mediocrity. Sometimes your blessing is delayed based on what you’re hooked up to. What you listen to, who you hang with, that all matters. Your 5 closest friends shows you your future. You set the tone for your life. Stop settling for half assed relationships. Set your atmosphere. When you are built to be faithful, you will endanger your blessings when you start to settle.

mood: “lucid so i started materializing mistaken mentalities” ft. B & Bey

mood: “lucid so i started materializing mistaken mentalities”

ft. B & Bey

 

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#Because

Britney’s beats are so clean and malleable…

an invitation to engage and manipulate, exploit and explore, to reconfigure and craft something entirely new and collaborative, reflective of the most primal human conditions and characteristics of the time, the spirit is in the seductive magnanimity

 

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Beyonce’s beats are ironclad illusions…

a fortress of definition, apparently open to invitation, the reality is entirely the opposite, its inherent imperfection is of a fixed form, there is no user-generated contextualization ingrained with the product, its imperfection is fixed, but those flaws are the fundamental identifier, the soul is in the spectacular separation

 

Mood Ring: MoXiiE

In her own words.  The soundtrack to the young black Madonna, burgeoning pop star Moxiie‘s life.

 

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(M)er Girl – Madonna 

It’s just a theme I relate to, always running – always trying to get further away from something but it stays with you. Every time I think I’ve found myself, it’s time to lose myself again. It’s this restlessness within.

 

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(O)blivion – Grimes

I love the other worldly vibe of it. I used to listen to this alone in the dark – in my bed.

 

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(X)O – Beyoncé

I love her so very much!  I’ve looked up to her for so long.  The song has an amazing vibe to it.  It gives me chills! I just know that feeling she’s singing about too. It was the perfect closing song to her legendary VMAs performance. Plus, she shot it in Brooklyn,  which is where my parents migrated to from Haiti & where I was born.

 

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(I)f I Die Young – The Band Perry

I was obsessed with this song.  First of all, it is so beautifully written!  I also love the way they explore the theme of mortality in a way that feels romantic,  beautiful and heartbreaking all at once. I love when conflicting emotions come through that way in songs.

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(I)f You Wait – London Grammar

I listened to this album on repeat every chance  I got. Hannah’s voice is pure truth and emotion! Plus their songwriting is so poetic.

 

 

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(E)mpire State of Mind – Jay-Z

because Brooklyn.  New York.  Jay. :)

Now Blinkking: “New American Classic” c/o GREATeclectic

 If, IF I were to blinkk this I’d probably say…

Coke on the lips of a priest, I wonder if a Bey’s hive reached… pillars of fame, Pleasantville’s claim…

a prompt to the masses from the chromatic domain, applause as the cure, and so goes the cause, black and white or the prismatic display, Versace shades and microbraids, it’s the futuristic female recovering her domain. I don’t really know with this one beyond the obvious #BEYondbeyond That the dialectic between Hov and Bey, the Post-Pop role reversal between he and she, the power behind the post-apocalyptic uprising progressing so vehemently… it is quite a stellar sight, to watch said stars emanate before the night — as if their sole purpose was to collapse from within themselves to project a spectacle

Stop Being Afraid Of Feminism

of course sometimes shit go down when it’s a billion dollars on the elevator

Yes, that’s right. Beyonce finally released a statement on Solange & Jay Z’s brawl at the Met Gala. Well, more accurately, she dropped it on us in a remix collab of Flawless with newly, self-dubbed “queen of rap” Nicki Minaj. This statement isn’t just stuck in the lyrics, it’s pronounced and repeated twice — emphatically — and to a certain extent explains the business implications of Beyonce & Jay Z’s relationship. When you’re collectively worth a billion dollars, no matter how passionless your relationship has become (if at all), you cannot avoid the drama. You cannot simply get divorced and slither out of the public eye.

I don’t want to talk about Flawless. Or Bey & Jay’s relationship, even. I want to talk about FEMINISM. I got feminism on my mind and I really want you to hear my perspective.

First, I have to tell you about this week. A few days ago, I was able to catch the Seattle leg of Bey & Jay’s On the Run tour. Impressive, to say the least. Ok…to be honest it was the most fun I’ve had this year, maybe the last couple years. It was hands down the best performance I’ve ever seen, closely followed by U2’s 360 tour stop in Nashville in 2011 and Nsync/Pink/Sisqo at the Rose Bowl in 2000.

Watching Beyonce & Jay Z do their thing is like watching a salmon swim upstream. You don’t see it very often, it confuses & amazes you all at the same time, and you can’t help but wonder how it seems to be done so effortlessly. Not only can they effortlessly display their musical talent on stage, but they effortlessly enthrall us and hypnotize us into ignoring all the tabloid rumors of their imminent separation following the tour. Now that’s skill.

I was thinking about two things during the show — are Bey & Jay really happy and if not, why would they consent to go on tour together? After all, the tour was announced well after the press first got wind of the couple’s issues at the Met Gala. That video where the “shit go down on the elevator” is not fooling anyone.

So here I am, 4 days after the concert. I’ve basically spent 4 days researching Beyonce and what she stands for. I’ve watched her “Making of Self-Titled” 5-part video series on YouTube, I’ve watched performances — old and new — watching how she acts on stage, looking for any hint of inauthenticity. I’ve talked to friends who support feminist claims and those who don’t. I’ve looked into the sky and pondered.

My conclusion?

Beyonce is the real deal, the best performer of our time, and a glowing example for all women — adults and children — of what being a woman means and how feminism is a concept & a lifestyle not to be rejected, but embraced in order to bring true equality of the sexes.


Read this quote by Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

We teach girls to shrink themselves
To make themselves smaller
We say to girls,
‘You can have ambition
But not too much
You should aim to be successful
But not too successful
Otherwise you will threaten the man.’
Because I am female
I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that
Marriage is the most important
Now marriage can be a source of
Joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings
In the way that boys are
Feminist: the person who believes in the social
​Political, and economic equality of the sexes

You might recognize that quote. It’s shockingly real. My left-minded friends might raise a fist and pump two times. My right-minded friends might furrow their brow and scoff. Regardless of where you stand politically, women surround us. It needs to be our job as men — whether you are a CEO, bagel shop owner, war veteran, or homosexual — to look at the woman next to you, adult or child — and say “You got this.”

beyonce-feminism-greateclectic-art-nouveau-magazineAnother thought I had while watching Beyonce perform last week was “Where do I stand on the sexual nature of her performances?” At times, I’ve felt like she performs to merely feed the eyes and minds of men and at times I’ve understood the necessity of sexual content in her songs. I’ve heard mothers shout and I’ve read mothers’ letters denouncing Beyonce as a detestable example for young girls. But after all that extensive research I cited above, I realized that Beyonce’s work is not about sex at all.

Hear me out…Beyonce is sexual, by all means, in her songs and performances. She wears the tight clothes, she thrusts her hips, and dances around poles sometimes. But it is not meant to tell girls to seek after sexual conquest. Even if Bey references the act of sex in songs like Partition, she is not telling girls to seek after sex in and of itself. Just as Adichie references girls not being able to be sexual beings in the way that boys are, Beyonce is saying the same thing. Men, as a whole, have a superiority complex when it comes to their sexual experiences and lifestyle. It’s always been like that. We might not emphasize the submission of women as verbally as we once did, but we still emphasize it. Bey is not preaching sexuality as a means to win over men, but merely as a way to say “I can assert sexual promiscuity and dominance just like men can…because I’m equal to men.

Have you clicked on my “About” tab above and seen what I look like? In order to click “submit” on this essay, I must remind you that I am a 22-year-old white male from an upper middle class family. Oh, and I work for the railroad industry. Call me a cliché, but that’s just how it is, unfortunately. I admit that I have never been marginalized and I agree with my friend Cort when he says, “White male heritage isn’t really a thing that inspires” (and I know he would love to discuss this side of the conversation with you). I will never truly understand what a woman or a person of color goes through in their lifetime, but I hope I can live a life that inspires people around me to treat women with increasing amounts of equality each day. I may not have creative influence or a high-profile job to inspire you into action, but I have my words. So there you have it.

Money Needs Me

celebrity, human currency, neon trafficking flashing lights, in god we trust, monarchy, illuminate me, free market new slaves, live your cash, kill the cow..

necessity sees me, desire feeds me, schadenfreude bleeds freely … the fame monster … the framed rockstar … it’s just entertainment … and the economy stupid

140 characters …

courtesy is the currency

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USD Grade: Created Capitol … May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

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$1 // Britney Spears (George Washington)

 

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$2 // Beyonce (Thomas Jefferson)
– Sally Hemmings

yeezymoney2$5 // Kanye West (Abraham Lincoln)
– Free the new slaves // Gettysburg Address / Devil in a New Dress // Emancipation Proclamation / Late Registration // Graduation / Emancipation // Assassinated / John Wilkes Booth / Ford’s Theatre / Dead Spectator / Dead Spectacle / Dead off-stage / Booth/Booth/Studio // Stovetop Hat/Pleated Kilt // Civil War

 

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$10 // Lady GaGa (Alexander Hamilton – DOB September 11, 1789)
– Founding Father / Mother Monster // Chief of Staff to Washington (Spearsian / Watch the Calderone / Vanguard) – Federalist Party Founder // Fame Monster Ball Mistress: Black and White ; Marry the Night / policies called for a national bank, tariffs, and good relations with Britain as expressed in the Jay Treaty negotiated in 1794. / Good relations with Bey as expressed in the JAY Treaty // Built with the support of bankers and businessmen in order to support Hamilton’s fiscal policies. / Built with social tech startups and creative capitalists in order to support the GaGa’s factory fashion policies // These supporters grew into the Federalist Party committed to a fiscally sound and nationalistic government. / These supporters grew into the Haus // Monsters Inc. … Fans and the free market … blind love and the usurpation of adoration … little monsters … commercial interest and youth culture cannibalism … don’t be part of the machine, make the machine a part of thee … let my blood flow through the press … to publicized privacy, frame the line and print me

 

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$50 // Jay-Z (Ulysses S. Grant)
– Yankee General, Drunk in Love

 

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$100 // Madonna + Michael Jackson (Benjamin Franklin)

Sexism Sells

“Because for every big story of blatant sexism that I tell, there are dozens of far more subtle ones that I could be relating.” #overheard

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“Beyond these are even more subtle and complicated aspects, such as the perpetual feeling of being trapped into having to choose between either conforming to the stereotype of being a woman, or conforming to the stereotype of being a woman who doesn’t want to conform to the stereotype of being a woman.” – Julia (barefootscientist)

#SexismSells

#LetsBeyHonest BEY is for Basic

Disclaimer!!!! Before all of the BeyHive Stans come for me, I encourage you all to please read to the end, this ain’t a diss blog, it’s a real blog. I really enjoyed “Beyonce’” I purchased it the moment it dropped on iTunes and I plan to incorporate one of the tracks in my upcoming nuptials.

Beyonce is Queen Bey….of the Basics. She is easily one of the most basic women in the history of the music industry. People give Beyonce credit for a lot of things that I don’t think she herself has much to do with. She isn’t very deep, as a matter of fact I would venture to say she could be shallow. There’s not much there.

BUT with that being said, it is her basicness that makes her a genius, it makes people love and hang off her every move. When you think of the term, “it doesn’t take a rocket scientist” Beyonce really is the personification of this. She understands that hard work and dedication will take any skill you have to the next level. But, Let’s BEY honest: she can sing but there are better singers, she can dance but there are better dancers, and she is beautiful but….nah even I’m not fucking with that, she is gorgeous. You get the point though. She doesn’t really do one thing great except that she has mastered the art of doing a lot of things thoroughly. I do believe Fantasia is a better singer, but it doesn’t matter because her work ethic will never be anywhere near that of Beyonce’s.

There’s a part in the Bible where Paul says, “To all men, I became all things.” Beyonce speaks very little and that’s on purpose. First off, if she says too much, you’d figure out that she talks in circles and never really tells you anything (some people think it’s intentional, I believe they aren’t her thoughts so she can’t really expound on them). But, by saying nothing, we have to assume everything.

Be honest: none of us really know Beyonce, we don’t know what she’s passionate about, we just try to put together our own ideal Beyonce that best suits our lifestyles. To the married women, she’s the model wife and mother, wearing a cape and handling it all. To the married men, she’s the perfectly balanced wife, bringing money to the table while still being arm candy and sucking penis in the backseat. To the single women, she is a beacon of hope that they can tell these dudes to ‘put a ring on it’ or ‘move around’ and that they don’t need a man to get it done. To the Gays she is Jesus. To white people, she’s safe because of mixed race and sorta not all black (reference L’Oreal commercials).

As a Houston native, I know Beyonce. I see versions of her everywhere. She is a regular Houston get it girl. Replace her globetrotting fashion sense with trips to the Galleria and Jay-Z with Top Dope Boy/ Club Promoter A. Replace her career with a beauty license and photo shoots with club pics on INDMIX / All the Parties. Keep everything about Blue Ivy the same, weird name, dressed in Jordans, hair unkempt while momma is fresh to death and you have any girl from any hood in Houston.

Basic, it screams basic. that’s why the basics love her. She gives them hope. She makes the dream attainable. The Beyhive protects her because she is their one that made it, and deep down when she made it, they all made it. She is the storyteller of a generation lost. Not overly educated not overly privileged, just a regular girl who got a chance, and ran that bitch around the world.

She is so far up there now it seems silly to waste breath on hating her, who hates hard workers any fucking way?!?! Its the simple things that make life enjoyable and that’s what makes Beyonce perfect, her team has mastered simple, which isn’t easy and can be in fact complicated. I look forward to what’s next from the Queen Bey. It’s always love on my part, signing off Houston’s(other) Hometown Homegirl.

This post originally appeared on Curator of Dopeness.

 

Dance For World Peace #forewordstory

Because, no matter how broke, bullied, or abandoned: you can always dance.

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“Tonight I’m gonna dance for you”

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“You can dance, for inspiration”

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Dance the night away
Live your life, and stay young on the floor…”

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“Just dance, gonna be okay”

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“Back on the dance floor better not to take me home”

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“Move your body, move baby, dance all night”

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“Keep on dancing, till the world ends.”

BlinkkMEdia: Beyoncé Covers the Mythology of Gender Equality

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We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet. Today, women make up half of the U.S. workforce, but the average working woman earns only 77 percent of what the average working man makes. But unless women and men both say this is unacceptable, things will not change. Men have to demand that their wives, daughters, mothers, and sisters earn more—commensurate with their qualifications and not their gender. Equality will be achieved when men and women are granted equal pay and equal respect.

Humanity requires both men and women, and we are equally important and need one another. So why are we viewed as less than equal? These old attitudes are drilled into us from the very beginning. We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up, gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.

We have a lot of work to do, but we can get there if we work together. Women are more than 50 percent of the population and more than 50 percent of voters. We must demand that we all receive 100 percent of the opportunities.

– Beyoncé Knowles-Carter (January 12, 2013), The Shriver Report: A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink

#POPCANONS The Anatomy of Sonic Iconography, Est. 2013

Here’s a little story that I made up, so let’s make believe: four years ago I had a party that was too much fun for me…

– “I’ve Just Begun (Having My Fun)”

#basically

Back in 2009, I had a little fun drafting up my list of the top twelve Pop artists from the first decade of the millennium (I get bored, it happens). I made up a little narrative of the icons that lived the blueprint for a global lifestyle – more than a genre, an ongoing epic poem defining the general public of that elusive scene, scape, soundtrack we like to call Pop. I was fresh out of undergrad; but forever a 90s kid caught in the nostalgia of homecoming kings, queens, and courts, naturally I paired off the lords and ladies of the said vanity fair, in a fitting hommage to the heralded pantheon of celebrity (which is effectually no more than a glamorized high school) #youcantsitwithus Five coupled jesters of the court, a pair of regal deities, and a pair of honorable mentions (because it’s America – so as long as you’re the best loser, there’s space for you on the podium – but don’t get crazy).

The list went a little something like this…

King and Queen

Monstrous Mavens (Fame Killers): Kanye West, Lady GaGa

Fame Killers

The Court

Pop Pillars: Jay Z, Madonna

Pop Pillars

Bandstand Breakouts: Justin Timberlake, Beyonce

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Southern Phoenix: T.I., Britney Spears

Southern Phoenix

… four more from several years ago

The Inkwell: Lil’ Wayne, Amy Winehouse

Foreign Firestarters: Radiohead, M.I.A.

Honorable Mention

The Standards: Coldplay, Christina Aguilera

Needless to say, here we are four years later and that make believe story has manifested itself into an acting baseline for all things Pop #whoknew So, I figure why not revisit 2013 from the retrospective of a kid who called the post-apocalypse way back when we were nestled comfortably in the handbasket (where am I going, and why is she next to me in this handbasket?)

If 2013 has taught us nothing (which it hasn’t) it’s that good gracious the gods can do anything if and when they put their money, minds, and blurred lines to the marketplace.

That said, this year, I am acknowledging this once-in-life-beyond-the-lifetime year where the Pop canons shot for the stars and collectively crafted the constellation, the anatomical structure, for the new age’s iconographic Pop body #welcometoRADIOactive

Anatomy of ...

Secret Project RevolutionThe Brain

Cerebral, the nervous command central – never shook, always shaking, lightyears ahead, if only for the sake of abandoning all things reductive… esoteric projections in liberation from former convention, art for freedom – or something to that effect… brainstorms and bittorrents, the tsunami, the mother spinster, still going and going – detached from the masses, pensively penetrating from the ivory tower….

Magna Carta Holy GrailThe Suit

Businessman, business, man… legal eagles and corporate partnerships, not so much music as an audio-based app, crooning for capital, daddy dearest whose road to redemption has shone most clearest… not show friends, but show business, music is the medium but the monarchy remains monetized… not the human beneath, but the threads that keep the soul or void hidden and chic for the Brooklynized sheik.

The 20/20 ExperienceThe Tie

Stranglehold on the formal, teflon dons and well-tailored maintenance of the white-collar standard… a bow here, a bollo there… a cherry on top to manufacture the anti-flop. Necessary symbols of male convention, ladies love it – in theory and private practice – but effectually nothing more than the lingering neck brace of Southern Hospitality #oldtimestherearenotforgotten

“ft. T.I.” – The Adrenals

Flow steady, take two and pulse it in the morning… jewels and drugs, dynamite and blurred lines – tip the scales for a rush to the head

ARTPOPThe Epidermis

ARTPOP wore itself on a birthday sleeve. For a woman who is not known for wearing pants, choosing meat instead, ARTPOP follows suit by existing as its own. Some say it’s spread too thin, others say it lacks depth; either way it covers the bases: it contains the necessary elements within, it maintains its longevity by practice of routine destruction and regeneration so constant it becomes the standard. The decay of the pop star is nothing more than the fallen veil of mortality in motion toward immortal transcendence – and evolutions involve apparent descent.

BeyonceThe Flesh

The meat, the carnal, the barrier bridge between skin and bone… nothing more, nothing less, just the lauded mask that is the flesh

YEEZUSThe Viscera

The most visceral, innate, core … the organs that pulse those deepest functions … the gut feeling, the intuition, the cardiac rhythm, the intestinal fortitude, the constant circulation, the digestion and regurgitation, the depths of grotesque that bear the burden of consumption and expulsion – so necessary the central cavity, so human that darkness… no one quite understands it beyond their insatiable need for the unknown vital … the pulsing purge … the cyclical surge … that liquid adherence of the human viscera

Britney JeanThe Skeleton

The hard-white. The future fossil fuel. The support system. The first and last element. When the emperor loses his suit and tie; when the skin is scalped; when fire sears the flesh to cleanse all sins; when the innards give out, and the viscera vaporizes; when the brain shuts down for salvation before shortage: all that remains is the skeleton. Bone to remind us of our blueprint, marrow to manifest the next when necessary. Outside the closet, inside every human creature. America: meet your archetype – the Mitochondrial Eve you’ll never know, the embedded code they’ll never show. Beyond the Achilles tendon see, and best when clean broken – watch for the fracture, and reveal the evolutionary flow.

… unfinished symphonies play-on endlessly…

YEAR IN REVIEW – 2013: “I Am the American Meme”

“Since there’s nothing missing in my life, just pretend it’s a video game tonight” #bubblegumpop”

 

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#ARTPOP99 C’est chic – “it was my idea.”

 

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“Beyonce’s when Blackout projects get corporate support over sabotage, when the wizards are kept wiser than the world outside.” #spectacular Absolutely on point studio production, zero promotion, in the mass media pocket – corporate darlings. #ku #dos

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 “It’s what everyone else was supposed to do this year for a market Manhattan project – and SHE did it. Money, time, space, sexual momma, external resources willing to the LABEL= #BEYONCE.” #TheKoolAidTastesLikeWalmart

 

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“Hold on, we’re going drone.” #usausa

 

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“Who is the master?”

 

 

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“from the high hills of Hannah, MT #populationfun comes the not-a-girl-not-quite-a-mctwerk-queen… the wrecking ball: she can’t stop”

In Other Related Views

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She’s Not Your Bitch #forewordstory

Beyonce may be many things. Daughter. Sister. Mother. R&B Pop Queen. the female version of a hustler. DIVA. Sometimes actress.

But, she’s not your bitch.

 

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“Me and my beautiful bitch in the back of that ‘Bach”
– Jay-Z – Dirt Off Your Shoulder (2003)

 

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“Bad bitch, H town”
– Jay-Z – Tom Ford (2013)

 

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“I got that hot bitch in my home”– Jay-Z – Niggas in Paris (2011)

 

 

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“Get ya own dog, ya heard? That’s my bitch”
“That’s My Bitch”-  Jay-Z (2011)

#DoRemember

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“No man will degrade her, or call her name/I’m so focused on your future, the degradation has passed/ I wish you wealth, health and insight/Forever young you may pass/Blue Ivy Carter, my angel.” – Jay-Z

 

 

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#WatchThisSpace because she’s not just his little wife #breadwinnersanonymous

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Don’t Talk To Me #forewordstory

Celebrities have no rights. If you live a public life, making insane amounts of money off the public you have no rights to a private life. You can be like a Kardashian and court it at all costs, or a Beyonce and shun it like it doesn’t matter, but it’ll be there as long as your relevance is there. At the end of the day, you can’t complain about the pressures, the paparazzi, the madness. Because that is the job. This is the deal you’ve made. But if you have enough money, you can dream right?

 

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“I think there are different kinds of fame. There’s fame which is plastic and about paparazzi and money and being rich, and then there’s the fame, which is when no one knows who you are but everyone wants to know who you are.” – Lady GaGa

 

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“People look at us head to toe, judge us, and think that we’re not human. We are. Nobody’s a celebrity but God.” – Beyonce Knowles

 

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“Paparazzi spots me, In the lobby, Of my high-rise| I hide, Behind my shades, Cause the fame is blinding my eyes | My god, I know how Ozzie Oz, Once had felt when he was as high| As I have got, I have got, To make this stop….” – Jay-Z

 

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“Don’t talk …don’t talk to me…I don’t want to hear paparazzi talk to me or anybody I know …and tell everybody never talk to anyone that anyone knows…don’t talk to themselves…Don’t talk ever again.”

 

#WatchThisSpace I’m about to call the paparazzi on myself

Welcome to the Trap Haus #popoff

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Like a natural response to the four-on-the-floor Dutch House jams, #TrapPop is the latest sub-genre re-imagining Pop music like none other before it. Part Ratchet Gucci Mane inspired BOOMbastic beats, part EDM risers, drops and effects, this musical hybrid is starting to trickle into Pop’s mainstream conscious through Originals like Rihanna’s “Pour It Up” and Britney Spears’ collaboration with Will.I.Am “Scream & Shout.” But like all sub-genres, it’s been going on for a minute. We’re just catching on… If this all sounds confusing as hell, or intriguing, here’s a playlist that features some original music, some remixes and some just plain crazy sounds that starkly define what it means to be a Pop trapaholic.

….Welcome to the Trap Haus #POPoff

 

 

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Kelis – Milkshake (Gold Top Trap Remix)

 

Rihanna – Pour it Up (RL Grime Remix)

Beyonce – Bow Down/ I Been On

Lady GaGa – Cake

Britney Spears – Hold It Against Rozay

Ellie Goulding – High For This (DTF Trap Remix)

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Side B is for when the party just won’t stop. Whether you’re surrounded by Diamonds or Sweet Nothing, the breakdown will bring you through it. So STAY, why don’t you? Pound the Alarm if you have to. Because Clarity is on the horizon. #Britneyvia2007TaughtMe

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Rihanna – Diamonds (Trapmasters XTC Hustle Remix)

Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing (Diplo + Grandtheft Remix)

Nicki Minaj – Pound The Alarm (SAINT Remix)

Rihanna- Stay (Branchez Remix)

Zedd & Foxes – Clarity (Brillz Remix)

Britney Spears – It’s Britney Bitch (K.Millz Remix)

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Give Me Something Good. #WatchThisSpace and #DropItLikeAHOOD