More reasons to love Nicki Minaj

Country Shitt

Should I be embarrassed to admit that Luda has consistently been my favorite hiphop artist?

 

Fuck the crooks

I want to break free…

I think Freddie Mercury, born Farrokh Bulsara, is one of the greatest South Asians ever to have lived. I am only being a little facetious when I say that. I rank him up there with the anarchist revolutionary Shaheed Bhagat Singh and Lal Ded, the female poet hailing from 14th century Kashmir. I’m even thinking about getting a tattoo with his face (I have Sarahtopz and jubayr to thank for that)…his music, his life, his message all speak to me. Given all I’ve written about queerness and gender on this blog, you can how this video touched me when I saw it for the first time today, even though I’ve known the song very well and been inspired by it for years.

The Search

This was my jam back in the day…

Mama, Mama, Mama

 

I know I am late to the game with this one, its been all over the interwebs for a couple of months, but I woke up with it in my head this morning and I cant get it out.

My two cents is that its not a glorification of violence against rapists. You see the pain on Rihanna’s face when she shoots him. Its clearly the pain of the sexual assault, but also that its come to this. Her community felt so safe in the daytime, but after the assault, she is alone and isolated. Who could she turn to? She says, “I took his heart…he could have been someone’s son.” The full enormity of what she’s done, what it means for her own humanity, is very clear to her.

At the same time, its got to be looked at in the context of real life…Rihanna was very publicly beaten up by her ex, Chris Brown, and they have had a very public rekindling of contact. I dont think its my business to speculate on whats going on with them, but a lot of people do, and with this song I think Rihanna the actual artist, not just the character in the song, can reclaim some of her own personal strength and remind everyone that she’s not a tool.

Lastly, in terms of musicality, I have liked some other Rihanna songs but until this one her voice has always kind of bothered me. In this song, she lets her accent shine through and her singing voice sounds so much richer and so much more beautiful.  (Maybe its not really her accent or its an exaggeration, I dont know, but its sounds natural.) Given that this song is sung so soulfully, I think it could become a classic and not be banished to the dusty halls of top 40 hits.