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A critique is not a complaint, and other Internet observations.

or Your Faves Aren’t Sacred or Black People Need To Stop Getting Bent Out of Shape Over Critical Reviews of Pop Media you would think i’d criticized someone’s mamma the way people respond to critiques of #Scandal… — Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) March 6, 2015 I’ve been sitting on this topic for a while, trying to…




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The 25 Greatest Bad Boy Remixes (25-21)

25. Puff Daddy & The Family: “It’s All About the Benjamins (Shot-Caller Rock Remix)” (1998) ft. The LOX, Lil’ Kim, The Notorious B.I.G. & FuzzBubble We’re at the lower end of the countdown, and something had to be #25. The “Benjamins” Rock Remix isn’t terrible, it’s just not as good as everything else on this…




A critique is not a complaint, and other Internet observations.

Removing the beard from gay TV characters

From 1992 until 1998, Matt Fielding was Melrose Place’s resident gay. For the time, it was groundbreaking. He was part of the ensemble, not a sidekick that would peek in every now and then for Very Special Episodes. He never had the burden of having to come out during the course of the show; from…




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The ‘surprise album’ should be the industry standard.

How many times have we heard “This is my most personal album to date”? How many times has an artist or their producer, in advance of a release, gotten fans excited for a certain sound, only for the label to interfere and change the entire direction of a project? What made the 2013 late quarter…




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Missy Elliott’s biggest move would be delivering her ‘Detox’

In 2005, Missy Elliott released The Cookbook. The title seemed like a device to absorb any criticisms of the release’s manic tonal changes. Her main collaborator Timbaland only contributed two tracks, none of which were released as singles. Most, like “Lose Control,” captured Missy’s flavor in Timbaland’s absence while others meandered as performer and producer…




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Sometimes the celeb you’re defending is just a brat.

I understand the compulsion to place celebrity tantrums into a social/cultural context. I even agree with many of these rationalizations in principle. But we need to do ourselves the courtesy of acknowledging that some famous people are indefensible. It doesn’t make them bad people; it just means they aren’t martyrs. Kanye West was not performing the…