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I have wanted to do this for a while now, but I didn't know exactly what form it would take. As a huge fan of music and the album format, I always mention to my loving friends and family members, "this is one of my favorite albums." Until now, I've never really made an effort to catalog (which I just found out does not end in "ue" like I thought when I originally typed it) those great albums.

What you should expect:- Stories about me interacting with some of my favorite albums of my life - Stories about my family, friends, and acquaintances that are inextricably part of me - Brief general discussion about the album in general and its importance (or lack thereof) to the rest of the world - References to the host of other things that are connected in the wacky attic I call a brain

What you should not expect:- Reviews. I'm not rating these albums on a scale of 1-10 or giving them stars, dubloons, or any other markers to prove how much I like them. They won't all be classic albums, or even critically good albums, but that's not the point. - Pitchfork style music snobbery. - Oompa Loompa porn. You should definitely not expect any of that.

I'm excited to start this, and I have a lot of ideas for my first few posts. I'm looking forward to the new sett community blogging style, and I hope you, dear reader, will continue to grace me with your presence, comments, and post promotions.

The Art of Mainstream Rap

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The whole idea behind TED Talks have been brought under heavy criticism recently. TED is a platform that has the slogan "Ideas Worth Spreading" and it seems to be only that. Many good ideas float around TED conferences, but little to nothing happens. The ideas of each talk are interesting, but eventually put in the back of people's heads without any action being taken. So, I want to try to take an idea from a TED Talk and actually do something with it.

I recently watched this TED Talk by British hip hop artist Akala. In it, he discuses the origins of hip hop. It started off as a platform for musicians to transmit ideas, to transmit knowledge. Rappers are modern versions of Shakespeare. He ends his talk by talking about how music is able to unite people, something I touched upon in my comparison of country and rap music.

I enjoy music for this sense. It does bring people together. And, I believe it still spreads messages. Sure they are not all intellectual, but each song has a meaning regardless.

I will readily admit I do listen to a lot of hip hop and rap, but my preferences are more mainstream. For example, I am an avid Kanye West fan and most of the music I listen to experiences heavy radio airplay. I don't listen to artists known for their lyrics such as Nas. I still believe though that the music I listen to does have meaning and does convey knowledge.

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