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  • I agree that independence is conducive to creativity and art. I think these days people are looking for something fresh and different since the top 40 on the radio all sound the same. I wish there was a better balance for indie bands to get their music heard by bigger audiences but still stay true […]

  • haha, love the mantra. You’re right though, between the iPod and the cell phone, people have forgotten basic interpersonal skills and manners. Or maybe they haven’t forgotten them, perhaps social norms of communicating have just changed and we’re just going to have to get used to it. But I don’t think there’s any technological device […]

  • Like you said, most people get their music and music videos online now, so MTV doesn’t serve the same purpose it did when it first began. MTV’s reliance on reality shows probably has a lot to do with the fact that they know people don’t come to their station for music videos anymore, they can […]

  • I agree that it’s nice to sit and think with no noise in your head. It took me years to appreciate that and detach myself from ipod. And with the time to think, I do axactly what you suggested! I make lists of what i need to get done when I get home. But I […]

  • mtambawala100 commented on the blog post Hip-Hop 8 years, 12 months ago

    Lil Kim did have a big influence in hip-hop considering there are so few female rappers that have made in into the mainstream. And now Nicki Minaj has blown up and suddenly it’s a rivalry between the two female rappers. I think it’s sad that people have this idea that there’s only room for one […]

  • This week’s readings address the current issues the music industry, and music consumers, are grappling with. I’m sure just about everyone can relate to Bull’s article on the iPod. I got my first iPod sophomore year of high school and I definitely used it to isolate myself and give off that “full engaged” impression when […]

  • In hip-hop culture, identity is imperative. Tricia Rosa writes about graffiti, break dancing, and rap, three main aspects of hip-hip culture, and the role identity plays in each. All three parts of hip-hip culture involve crews and groups, which influence the identity of its members. Futhermore, to be included in hip-hop culture, one needs to […]

  • The artist Pink is internationally known for being tough and wild, but it wasn’t until her song “Dear Mr. President” came out that she showed audiences the politically and socially conscious side of her. While retaining her bad girl image but adding a tone of soft sincerity, Pink relays an unmistakable message to former President […]

  • This weeks readings discuss punk, disco, and rap, as well as the move into the digital age. Millard does not give a great impression of disco. According to him, most people considered it mainstream garbage that relied on technology to produce, and was therefore inauthentic. The use of the synthesizer and other equipment made it […]

  • For my reasearch paper and presentation I would like to focus on the hip hop industry and it’s influence on Bollywood. We all know that recent reappers have borrowed from and been inspired by Indian music and beats, but Bollywood music has borrowed from American hip hop as well. I will analyze the affect hip […]

  • In Chapter 10, Millard explains further advancements in the recording industry, including magnetic tape recorders, long-playing microgroove records, and transistor radios.  But of course, there were many obstacles along the way. One was the issue of standardization of tape recorders. Because of all the competition between companies, a standard format could not be agreed upon […]

  • The artist Pink is internationally known for being tough and wild, but it wasn’t until her song “Dear Mr. President” came out that she showed audiences the politically and socially conscious side of her. While retaining her bad girl image but adding a tone of soft sincerity, Pink relays an unmistakable message to former President Bush. […]

  • In chapter 5, “Empires of Sound,” Millard talks about the beginning of conglomeration. Companies like Warner Bros. not only had their hand in film, but also started buying up music producers and record labels. Others followed suit and soon only four big companies ruled the film industry Warner Bros, RKO, Fox, Paramount, and Loews/MGM. This […]

  • Millard’s chapter on the Jazz Age gives a thorough account of just how influential this musical style was in shaping American culture. Unfortunately, not only were African Americans not given their deserved profit and credit for their musical contributions, but their original creations were diluted to be more suitable for popular culture. I find it […]

  • Hi everyone, my name is Marya and I’m a Media Studies major with minors in Business and Psychology. I’m a senior here at Queens College and will be graduating in May. Hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend!