Jesse Rutherford is Everything on “&”

I was browsing Spotify a couple weeks ago when I stumbled upon Jesse Rutherford’s new album “&.” Somehow I had heard nothing about it up until that point, even though it had been out for over a month already. He’s the lead singer of one of my favorite bands, so needless to say, I ran to listen to it. I feel his aesthetic, voice, writing, and influence are a huge part of what makes The Neighbourhood so good and I was excited to see what he would do on a project totally his own. Continue reading “Jesse Rutherford is Everything on “&””

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Heavy Rotation 2: My Top 5 Songs of 2017

damn-kendrick-lamar1. DNA. — Kendrick Lamar

I’m surprised this one even made this list since I don’t actively listen to Kendrick. I played DAMN. for about a week after it came out and once I felt like I “got” it, never listened to it in full again (I’m not much of an album person). Guess I must’ve had this track on repeat more than I realized. Continue reading “Heavy Rotation 2: My Top 5 Songs of 2017”

“Woke” Male Rappers, Misogyny & Me

“I left my bitch at home; I think I need a new bae”: these lyrics had me seeing red as I was out jogging the other day. I’d cued up Vic Mensa’s album There’s Alot Going On, purely off the strength of his guest verse on “Go with It.” I’d never listened to him before, so I was unprepared for such a seedy statement, but also unsurprised. Let’s just say it was far from the first time I’ve been bothered by the misogynistic mentality that’s so prevalent in hip-hop.

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