Allen Sharma

  • I honestly believe that more artists should try to be more open minded when it comes to creating music. Many are often too afraid to experiment with a new sound but I believe that is the only way to keep pushing music creatively forward. I hated the album 808 & Heartbreak by Kanye West but that’s because it was ahead of it’s time and I didn’t…[Read more]

  • I think the affair thing did stir up a lot of drama and it almost seemed like a made up marketing scheme at one point. But whats funny is that all I ever heard for almost a week straight after the release of Lemonade was the line “When he fuck me good, I take his ass to Red Lobster” but that was just twitter being comical I guess.
    After watching…[Read more]

  • I consider Jay-Z to be a very smart businessman which is why I feel like him and Kanye are no longer on good terms. Sad as it is to say Kanye was just a profitable business investment made by Jay-Z. Jay-Z only went on theWatch The Throne Tour with Kanye because he foresaw how profitable it was. Jay-Z only hung around Kanye when it was beneficial…[Read more]

  • I love submerging myself into music and I agree with you when you say that mood plays a huge role in the music we listen to. I believe that there is a time and place for all music. There are certain artists that I can’t play in my car while I’m driving because they just don’t ever seem to fit the mood. But when I plug in and put on a pair of…[Read more]

  • I 100% agree with you Kyle. Nobody in night clubs care about having a good time anymore they care more about other people thinking that they are having a good time. The lame idea that society has established with VIP and expensive bottle service being the only way to have a good night has ruined the night club scene. Instead of wasting my money on…[Read more]

  • I agree with you when you say that video game music can make or break a game. A video game sound track is similar to that of a movie. It needs to correlate with the setting and mood of the virtual world that you immerse yourself in otherwise there is no connection. Just by listening to the music coming from a video game you can easily tell when…[Read more]

  • This article reminds me of how Jay-Z would constantly say he’s retiring from rap but then he’d always return with an album. However, this couple years f he has said nothing about retiring yet I have literally […]

    • As always, love reading your responses, especially for rap. I haven’t heard of any new songs by HOV to be honest, but I do agree he just matured. He expanded to other markets, such a athlete agency where he represents athletes. He knows how to get money, and as of rn, music is not that important. Continue to dominate other aspects of the industry and the money, influence and respect will flow in

    • I agree very much with your point that Jay-Z has changed over the years and people who are strictly fans of his old material tend to hate his newer ones. I think thats something that all artist who’ve been in the music industry for a long time experience. As you pointed out he at a different place in life now and there is now way he is going to continue rapping about the same things; if he did his career would truly be over, he’d just be stagnant and he’d lose fans because of that. Either way people would have something negative to say.

    • “But honestly Jay-Z is just rapping about the life he is living, he can’t keep rapping about “selling bricks” when he doesn’t even do that anymore.”

      This made me think of the Michael Coyle article in which he brings up artist authenticity. If Jay-Z kept rapping about the stuff from his past, things he no longer has to do, I’m not so sure that it would be believable. I think people liked his old stuff because at that time in his life, it was what he did. It was who he was. Now that he’s super successful, he doesn’t have to do any of those things. He’s a new person. It’s so annoying that people always hate on artists for growing and for changing. I think a lot of people forget that musicians are people too.

  • I remember watching her performance a couple years ago and thinking to myself “wow this isn’t the same girl from Disney Channel” but to an extent I understand that it’s okay to to want to change your image from […]

    • Although I agree with most of what you said, I still question your question of “but does that mean white women can’t twerk?” For me, and what I think the article talks about, isn’t that Miley can’t do it, but that she shouldn’t in this context; the context of “I want to sound/look more black” and twerking because of it.

      You’re right though, it did get more people talking about her, listening to her music, and probably gaining fans from it. I’d just be a little weary about these new fans considering they might’ve only started listening to her because she basically started a fire in the bellies of the black community.

    • Miley Cyrus twerking on stage was one of the most entertaining and uncomfortable performances I’ve watched since Lil Mama jumping onstage with Jay-Z and Alicia Keys during their VMA performance. She definitely had a poor choice of words to say the least when saying she wanted her next album to have a “black sound”. I’m hoping maybe she wanted a more soulful sounding album when referring to “black sound”.

      Although my opinion of Miley Cyrus isn’t the best, I do feel it’s a little unfair to assume that watching music videos was Miley’s only way to experience “black culture”.

  • Dyer makes some interesting points as he mentions that Disco is very capitalist since it was made and performed by with expensive equipment and also made merely just for profit. He also says that an unforeseen […]

  • This dudes not bad and I like how the producer recreates the beat live in the music video on the beat pad.

  • Really had no idea that such a classic song was just a cover but that still doesn’t take away from the importance of it. Lauryn Hill was practically the first lead female vocal in a rap group. She helped pave the way for mixed gender rap groups and when she came out with The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill she was able to show the world hey women can rap too.

  • I always heard stories about Woodstock and always assumed it was something similar to the Coachella the music festival they have in the west coast because of all the music and drugs being consumed. Although, […]

  • Drake’s highest peaking single at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Hotline Bling”, has an interesting backstory to it. The single potentially could’ve hit number one but thanks to the exclusive release on Appl […]

    • I had no idea that the beat in Hot Line Bling is not original and had been copied from both Timmy Thomas and D.R.A.M. I was definitely able to hear the similarities between Drakes version and the ones he had copied. It is really unfortunate that D.R.A.M.’s record was unable to grow as famous as Drakes did. You did a great job with this analysis!

    • Wow, didn’t know that Hot Line Bling was copied from Timmy Thomas and D.R.A.M. and that’s pretty unfortunate that if two songs have similar beats popularity depends on the fame of the artist. Also, was pretty funny learning that super mario is mixed in there as well. I remember watching another guy taking Hot Line Bling and putting it next to other nintendo songs. Did you know that there are other nintendo 64 songs that also happen to match up with the song’s beat?

      http://www.worldstarhiphop.com/videos/video.php?v=wshh9l6J0Mw6gv7ut40Q

    • Thank you for writing about this! I really love this song, it’s quite catchy. I knew it wasn’t his originally since there was a video going around at some point that showed all the samples he used in that album. I do believe whoever produces his music does well in making it somewhat original to him.

      Have you also seen the video of some guy who was playing a bunch of Nintendo songs over Hotline Bling? It’s pretty awesome, it’s also how I became aware of that sample too.

      Awesome analysis!

  • I will discuss Hip-Hop subculture particularly in the 90s. Hip-hop has evolved so much since then through new artists who now dress different and even sound different from the artists that were popular in the 90s […]

    • I agree Hip-Hop opened the way to a lifestyle that still survives today. When I think of 90s Hip-Hop I think of Gangsta’s Paradise, California Love and Gin and Juice. It may not seem to some people, I believe break dancing, rapping and graffiti as an art form is a positive outlet from a difficult life. Though not in the 90s growing up I was a big fan of the “Rock Steady Crew”. Do you think their influence has carried on into the 90s and beyond and if so how has it changed.