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Musical “Grandeur” Threatened by Textual Asininity

June 13, 2012


  I refuse to assess Jay-Z and Kanye West’s project “Watch the Throne” on a site about aesthetics. Some may argue in favor of the sonic beauty in the album’s production or even the lyrical refinement found in its rhyme patterns … but nothing can make up for the many content-related violations in its songs. […]

The Gorgeous Sounds of “Bear With You”

September 30, 2011


Of all forms of aesthetic, music is often the most gratifying. Many of us have at least one song that we can shamelessly listen to all the day through. There’s just something about the way sound taps into the brain’s pleasure sensors and creates the kind of felicity that brightens the day and increases a […]

Image: Tell Me It’s Just Human Nature

August 18, 2011


What exactly is it that causes some of us, even in adulthood, to follow trends rather than create our own? In childhood and teenagehood we were still developing our identities, so when we saw someone rocking gazelles, doorknocker earrings, or the Haile Berry cut we followed suit with no questions asked. But we’re grown now! […]

“I See You”

April 26, 2011


The visuals are striking. The sun peeks through, accentuating melanin-laced derma of various hues. Colorful tones of jewelry and clothing add mesmerizing flavor to the aesthetic. In woman after woman, the strength, grace, and beauty of beings who embrace their natural winsomeness shines through as they enjoy the delights of life. And then you catch […]

A Visual: Parenting the Next Hip Hop Generation

January 3, 2011


A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of encountering one of the most meaningful music videos I’d ever seen. It’s a piece from Lamp Mode recording artist Json, and the actual song, “Parent Me,” can be found on his most recent project, “City Lights.” The vid is solid. It’s optically appealing with a high-quality […]