Sunday, June 1, 2008

Retrocreations - Santogold

In a truly clever "Futurama" episode, in the 31st century "Baby Got Back" is considered "classical music". That's how I feel about the music coming out these days; they have the breath, depth and familiarity of classical music. Santogold, for example, sounds to me like a cross between the Buggles ("Video Killed the Radio Star") and Go-Gos ("I Got the Beat"). Santogold channels a sassy Beethoven with "L.E.S. Artistes". Interestingly, some critiques have labeled her album hip hop when she herself said it is not. The reason for the discrepancy is too obvious to ignore. If she sounds more like 80s new wave revival (when forced to label her), naming her work hip hop is lazy, racist journalism. Not all brown skinned folks rap, yo! Enjoy below a brown woman not sounding hip hop/R&B and read her words here.

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