Remembering Ari Up Of The Slits (Carrie Brownstein for All Songs Considered)
"The Slits were a life-changing band that made life-changing music. What does life-changing mean? It means someone puts a song on a mix tape or throws a record on and you stop dead in your tracks because now, whatever path you were on no longer exists. In that moment, you think of histrionic and cliche things such as "from this day forward" and "from here on out," and you hope to God you have the conviction to follow through with all the things this music has inspired you to do."
Janelle Monae Discusses Androids, "The Other," and Making Music That Moves You (A to Z)
"Originally hailing from Kansas City, Kansas -- an article in our sister paper, the Pitch, explains more -- Monae travelled to Atlanta by way of New York. She cultivated valuable creative relationships along the way: Diddy and Big Boi have taken interest in her work, and she's done many collaborations with other artists in the last year, including Of Montreal, B.o.B. and Lupe Fiasco. As she prepared to embark on a nationwide tour with Of Montreal in support of her debut full-length, The ArchAndroid, Monae took a few minutes to discuss her music, her message and her muse: you."
Sons of Matriarchy: Boy Rapper Speaks Out Against Objectifying Women (Bust Magazine)
"Fourteen-year old rapper Brian Bradley, better known as the Astronomical Kid, sends a clear message to ogling men everywhere: "Stop Looking at My Moms"
Shining, gleaming, streaming, flaxen waxen (Dorothy Surrenders)
"What makes the whole hair whipping phenomena more interesting is its juxtaposition with the also just-released “I Love My Hair” video by Sesame Street. The cherry little number is an ode to African-American hair and, well, adorable. So damn cute."
And a cute mash-up of Willow Smith's "Whip My Hair" with Sesame Street's "I Love My Hair."