13908Re: [thewire] black 'n' white (was Year-End list)
- Jan 7, 2002N.E.R.D.'s 'In Search Of' is a great record. It didn't come out in the U.S.
yet, I don't think, aside from the "Lapdance" single. It's due out later
this month or early next.
At 07:38 PM 1/7/02 -0600, A.S. Van Dorston wrote:
>Listen to the entire Missy Elliott album and it's not as consistent as Supa- - -
>Dupa Fly, but better than her second album. I think it was good -- I
>ranked it about 81 in my list. I think my original question was, is it
>possible that Miss E, Jay-Z and Cannibal Ox were near the top of the lists
>because they were the few token black artists, so they carried extra weight
>in some minds? Let's say if those albums hovered just below a critic's top
>10 or 20, they might be accused of having homogenous taste. So perhaps the
>ranking gets inflated for the sake of "balance." Or perhaps not. Why not
>put N*E*R*D at the top -- is it possible they aren't "black" enough,
>because their album represents a synthesis with rock music, which is
>considered "white," despite the valiant efforts of Hendrix, Isley Bros,
>Funkadelic, Bad Brains and now Black Jack Johnson Project, to reclaim it?
>Just questions, not any sort of theory.
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