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Pazz & Jop 2009


So, the Village Voice’s Pazz and Jop is up today and as usual, it’s fascinating and infuriating and fascinating again when you dig through all the individual ballots and comments and everything. Below’s my ballot, tell me the shit I missed or why the stuff I liked sucks and whatever else. That’s the point of this poll, right?:

1. Ryan Leslie, Ryan Leslie
2. G-Side, Huntsville International
3. Maxwell, BLACKsummers’night
4. James Ferraro, Edward Flex Presents: Do You Believe In Hawaii?
5. Wavves, Wavves
6. Diamond District, In the Ruff
7. DJ Quik & Kurupt, BlaQKout
8. Jay-Z, The Blueprint 3
9. Robert Glasper, Double Booked
10. Ryan Leslie, Transition

1. DJ Class “I’m the Shit”
2. Bat for Lashes, “Daniel”
3. Keri Hilson (ft. Kanye West & Ne-Yo), “Knock You Down”
4. Gucci Mane, “First Day Out”
5. Girls, “Lust For Life”
6. Emynd, “What About Tomorrow”
7. Mariah Carey, “Obsessed”
8. Cam’ron, “My Job”
9. Soulja Boy Tell Em’, “Turn My Swag On”
10. Raheem DeVaughn (ft. Ludacris), “Bulletproof”

Was also quoted twice in the section “Michael Jackson and Hip-Hop”. On Hip-Hop, not Michael Jackson, who I’m either going to just keep quiet about or write a 10,000 word thesis on the song “Human Nature”. No in-betweens there. But yeah, I got to talk about two of my favorite things: Why Kanye is always interesting and great and the awesome ways rap gets smart and mature and how all of y’all are ignoring it…

“Besides Kanye being right—Beyoncé did have the best video—he more quietly outshined Taylor Swift with his verse on Keri Hilson’s “Knock You Down,” which one-upped Swift’s “You Belong With Me” and its high school love histrionics. In Kanye’s version, high school binaries are broken down—the class clown gets the prom queen—and then it turns sour anyway. Another awkward, awesome bummer from Mr. West.”

“Jay-Z tells you it isn’t cool to carry a strap. The Clipse wanna watch Madagascar with their kids. And Internet rap is no longer indulgent day-glo whatever, whatever, but wizened, worker-bee rap from every region. In short, hip-hop finally answers a lot of its critics—it grows up, it actually matures, and not in a “Ludacris goes on Oprah” way—and everyone’s favorite rap album of 2009 is a facsimile of a 1995 coke-rap blueprint. OK.”

Written by Brandon

January 20th, 2010 at 2:59 am

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Village Voice’s Pazz & Jop is up. If you love lists, there’s plenty of them here and that’s what makes it so fun to read. Even as the Top 10-ers are fairly predictable–as they should be, the list’s supposed to find common ground–you can view every voter’s list and stumble upon some song or album you dismissed or didn’t know existed. My ballot’s below:

1. Ocrilim Annwn
2. Glen Campbell Meet Glen Campbell
3. M83 Saturdays=Youth
4. E-Major Majority Rules
5. The Sea & Cake Car Alarm
6. Kanye West 808s & Heartbreak
7. ABN It Is What It Is
8. Mount Eerie Black Wooden Ceiling Opening
9. Aidan Baker & Tim Hecker Fantasma-Parastasie
10. Lil Wayne Tha Carter III

1. Bun B featuring Rick Ross, David Banner and 8 Ball & MJG, “You’re Everything”
2. Rick Ross featuring Nelly and Avery Storm, “Here I Am”
3. Ryan Leslie, “Diamond Girl”
4. Young Jeezy featuring Kanye West, “Put On”
5. Nappy Roots, “Good Day”
6. Sigur Ros, “Gobbledigook”
7. Bishop Lamont, “Grow Up”
8. Devin the Dude featuring LC, “I Can’t Make It Home”
9. Outkast featuring Raekwon, “Royal Flush”
10. Lil Wayne featuring Bobby Valentino, “Mrs. Officer”

Two of my quotes are in there too:

“Nothing’s dead in hip-hop when every cool DJ and electronic freaky-freak remixes Lil Wayne and producer Bangladesh’s “A Milli,” and the original, monster radio hit’s still weirder and crazier.”

“Ocrilim’s Annwn should probably get closer to 90 points, if that was allowed. A big, dumb, obnoxious, out-there, tries-too-hard, and still successful masterpiece like Berlin Alexanderplatz or Infinite Jest or something. Every year, certain very-good artists will make certain very-good critics’ lists, but this is a genuine, incomparable standout. The opposite of the mannered metal of the “doom” sub-genre, Annwn takes the awesome, orgasmic part of metal—the face-melting solo—and stretches it out forever.”


Written by Brandon

January 21st, 2009 at 2:32 am

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