MY PERSONAL BEST OF 2013 VIA THE PAZZ & JOP BALLOT I JUST SENT IN AND STICKY NOTES I KEPT ON MY DESKTOP YEAR-ROUND, WITH THE OCCASIONAL LINK TO WHATEVER I WROTE ABOUT SAID MUSIC (WHERE APPLICABLE) AND/OR THE MUSIC ITSELF
ALBUMS
1. Kelela, Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind) [context: my 2011 piece on Night Slugs]
2. Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Parkwood) 
3. La Insuperable, La Mami del Swagger (Complot)
4. Kanye West, Yeezus (GOOD Music) 
5. Spooky, Ghost House Dubz v. 1 & 2 (Ghost House) [no writing on it yet but here’s the standout single]
6. Beat Making Lab, No Puede Conmigo (Beat Making Lab)
7. MIA, Matangi (NEET)
8. Ty$, Beach House 2 (mixtape) 
9. Ian Isiah, The Love Champion (UNO NYC) [restream my radio show from Nov 2012 when Ian was my guest/debuted some songs, I interviewed him, and we gushed over inc. the band]
10. Selena Gomez, Stars Dance (some major label) 
SONGS
1. Beyonce, “Flawless" 
2. Kingdom f. Kelela, “Bank Head" 
3. Amara La Negra, “Poron Pom Pom” 
4. Ellie Goulding, “You My Everything" 
5. El Alfa, “Yo Lo Que Vine A Da Mambo”
6. JME, “If You Don’t Know”
7. Tigga Calore, “B.E.A.D.S.”
8. Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”
9. Bashy, “These Are the Songs”
10. Sky Ferreira, “You’re Not The One” [I WROTE A THING FOR ROLLING STONE THAT IS NOT ONLINE OK BYE]

MY PERSONAL BEST OF 2013 VIA THE PAZZ & JOP BALLOT I JUST SENT IN AND STICKY NOTES I KEPT ON MY DESKTOP YEAR-ROUND, WITH THE OCCASIONAL LINK TO WHATEVER I WROTE ABOUT SAID MUSIC (WHERE APPLICABLE) AND/OR THE MUSIC ITSELF

ALBUMS

1. Kelela, Cut 4 Me (Fade to Mind) [context: my 2011 piece on Night Slugs]

2. Beyoncé, Beyoncé (Parkwood) 

3. La Insuperable, La Mami del Swagger (Complot)

4. Kanye West, Yeezus (GOOD Music) 

5. Spooky, Ghost House Dubz v. 1 & 2 (Ghost House) [no writing on it yet but here’s the standout single]

6. Beat Making Lab, No Puede Conmigo (Beat Making Lab)

7. MIA, Matangi (NEET)

8. Ty$, Beach House 2 (mixtape) 

9. Ian Isiah, The Love Champion (UNO NYC) [restream my radio show from Nov 2012 when Ian was my guest/debuted some songs, I interviewed him, and we gushed over inc. the band]

10. Selena Gomez, Stars Dance (some major label) 

SONGS

1. Beyonce, “Flawless

2. Kingdom f. Kelela, “Bank Head

3. Amara La Negra, “Poron Pom Pom” 

4. Ellie Goulding, “You My Everything

5. El Alfa, “Yo Lo Que Vine A Da Mambo

6. JME, “If You Don’t Know

7. Tigga Calore, “B.E.A.D.S.”

8. Janelle Monáe f. Erykah Badu, “Q.U.E.E.N.”

9. Bashy, “These Are the Songs

10. Sky Ferreira, “You’re Not The One” [I WROTE A THING FOR ROLLING STONE THAT IS NOT ONLINE OK BYE]

The cover of Kala was based on a PhotoBooth selfie she snapped on her Mac and IMed to someone while traveling through Africa, India, and Jamaica. She wanted to “go around the world and look at the ugliness,” she said. “You weren’t gonna fix it, but I sort of believed you could through art.”
LOOK AT ME QUOTING MY OWN DAMN ARTICLE. Anyway I went to MIA’s book talk yesterday, you can read my piece here. She talks pre- and post-internet art, every album (forthcoming too), her Versace collabo, getting her mates off smack, and hating current web design. MORE IMPORTANTLY, CUTE PHOTOS OF HER KID.
This video is definitely beautiful, but all that glitters is not gold. What at first glance seems revolutionary - arabs looking fabulous and outlaw in a western music video- really big ups the stunts of some of the most privileged brats the world has ever known, Gulf boys w/ plenty of time for car tricks in countries run by imported slaves & where women can’t even legally drive. Made in Maghreb because in the Arabia they would have arrested you… for all the wrong reasons.
Global/globe-trotting DJ/Arabic music expert/G Filastine on MIA’s new vid, which I too have complex feelings about tho they are not as informed as this. Obviously it looks fucking awesome, and I love MIA, and this song, I cannot stop bumping it. BUT, HERE ARE SOME THINGS TO THINK ABOUT. Particularly IRT the fake “Arabic” writing on the single, the red carpet burqa she wore (which I still can’t decide if it’s amazing and subversive or pretty fucked up), and the background dancers in hijab (the latter examples greatly offended friends who are Muslim). What do we think about when we think about cultural appropriation, and who do we ascribe it to? Also, who “gets to” ascribe it? MULLING
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shana—e:

Radical and progressive leaning white folks are so pressed over MIA working capitalism to her advantage and refusing to stick to the confines of the oppressed brown person narrative they all bought into.It’s so much easier to launch attacks against brown people that have acquired wealth because and in spite of capitalism than examine the complicit role we all play in the continued marginalization of people of color around the world - just get that hypocrite bitch off the television.
Here’s hoping for an MIA/Yeezy collab. An entire album. Speaking it into existence!

YURP

shana—e:

Radical and progressive leaning white folks are so pressed over MIA working capitalism to her advantage and refusing to stick to the confines of the oppressed brown person narrative they all bought into.

It’s so much easier to launch attacks against brown people that have acquired wealth because and in spite of capitalism than examine the complicit role we all play in the continued marginalization of people of color around the world - just get that hypocrite bitch off the television.

Here’s hoping for an MIA/Yeezy collab. An entire album. Speaking it into existence!

YURP

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teramerapyar:

RP Patnaik - Thiruvizhan Nu Vantha

M.I.A. sampled this in ‘BirdFlu.’

FROM THE YEAR TWO-THOUSAND AND DIPLO, NEVER FORGET*

*I said that about a Deize Tigrona song I played on my radio show yesterday but since I basically decided “two-thousand and diplo” is a genre I had to put it into print. So yeah I’m sampling myself in a post about a sample WUUUUTTTTTTTTTT