DJ Highlights

My Unpopular Music Opinions

Unpopular Opinion 1: 

Kanye West’s production is unmatched and influential; the hate he receives eclipses his artistry. I get it, Kanye is sometimes an egotistical, spotlight-stealing, hot-take-making, Trump-supporting ass. I’m asking you to simply separate the music from the artist here. He’s a phenomenal beat maker, sampler and rapper. He wrote songs that defined a lot of the 2000s and he can bring a lot of emotion to his music (see 808’s and Heartbreak or ye). I’m not saying the hate he gets is completely undeserved, but I think he is lacking the respect he has earned with his art.

Unpopular Opinion 2: 

Trap music is today’s pop. Trap is everywhere, this one doesn’t need much explaining. Trap went from putting a lot of white America off, to putting a lot of white America on. Trap’s close association and origin in black culture is of course conducive to its major success in popular culture in America. Pop and rock just aren’t dominating like they used to, even though trap music holds a lot of similar qualities like catchy hooks, memorable, creative beats and ease of replication.

Unpopular Opinion 3: 

Bhad Bhabie is GOOD ok?! This is one I don’t like to admit, I’ll be honest. “Gucci Flip Flops” and “Hi Bich” will be played at my wedding reception. Do I like Danielle Bregoli? No. Is Bhad Bhabie all bhad? Also no.

Unpopular Opinion 4:

Solange is Beyonce but for edgy girls. In terms of their voices, Solange’s and Beyonce’s are very similar. Of course, being their own persons, they make very different music. To me, Solange makes music for people who don’t like Beyonce’s songs, but still love her voice. Solange is good at targeting the younger crowd of people who relate more to experimental music. Beyonce is too cookie cutter for the average (I HATE this word) “hipster.” Both women have incredible stage presences, sex appeal and extreme talent, but Solange seems to be leaning toward the “edgier” side of things.

Unpopular Opinion 5: 

Tyler, the Creator’s past homophobia should not go unnoticed. If you’re a Tyler fan like me, your middle school days consisted of scream shouting Tyler, the Creator and Odd Future lyrics to get rid of pent up angst. For me, there was nothing like being a 14 year old walking around the hallways with your headphones in listening to Tyler repeat “kill people, burn shit, f*** school.” I also lacked any knowledge on how damaging slurs being used inappropriately could be. I barely batted an eyelash when Tyler used the word “f*g,” but it only took a few short years to understand why it was horrible. I soon stopped listening to Tyler’s old stuff with such enthusiasm. Now, knowing that Tyler is a member of the LGBT community, doesn’t mean what he said in the past was entirely the right thing to do. I believe that members of an oppressed group are allowed to use the slurs used against them without consequence, but Tyler’s fans who are majority straight males may have seen this as an invitation to spread hate and vitriol. He was young like I was, and using the word in all the wrong ways, but I think people like to brush off his past behaviors because he is such a lovable character and most of all because he’s a man, someone society allows to get away with a lot. 

That’s just my take,

-cellar door xxx