Articles tagged kanye west, music, marketing, culture, consumerism

Queering Madonna & stardom: As contradictory as Uncle Tom, except in reverse

Madonna was as contradictory as Uncle Tom, except in reverse. She claimed to challenge the institution and dominance of the church while worshiping at the mantle of capitalism and white supremacy in ways that only reinforced the nexus of gender, race and class oppression and mutual exploitation.

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25 Mar 2009 // 9:00 PM

The-Dream: Love vs. Money

Although perhaps the most album-like R&B album in recent memory, typical R&B pitfalls bring Love vs. Money down from the excellence The-Dream has proven capable of producing.

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WASHINGTON - Remember when credit card applications flooded your mail? You see fewer of them now because credit card companies pre-screen candidates and pester only

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Rap royalty joined the extremely pregnant M.I.A. for a turn through “Swagga Like Us” last night.

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5 Feb 2009 // 4:10 AM

Word-of-mouth advertising gets boost from networking sites

BOISE, Idaho - With little money for marketing, specialty food maker Donya Schweizer struggled to spread the word about the products in her Donya Marie’

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30 Jan 2009 // 5:16 AM

R&B star John Legend evolves

Since he exploded onto the music scene in 2004, John Legend has broken ground by going back to basics. The 30-year-old former session player writes sharply

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John Zorn by John Brackett

One must be willing to risk being consumed by the dark, cabalistic world Zorn has created around his art.

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Culture: Culture and the Deejays at Joe Gibbs 1977-1979

A collection of rare 12" disco singles which extend, and in some cases enhance, the early catalogue of the brilliant Culture with guest DJ slots.

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16 Dec 2008 // 12:33 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. - During the summer Olympics, PC maker Lenovo used social media marketing to enhance its corporate sponsorship of the games. The company

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Kanye West: 808s and Heartbreak

On 808s and Heartbreak, West might be making his own hip-hop version of a concept album where the concept is sadness. But he isn't fitting a cookie-cutter mold, he's innovating.

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Who Says Country Can’t Hip-Hop?

Poverty, crime, disenfranchisement, sinning, saving, and no-account women: Stereotypical subjects of the average country song, or the average hip-hop song?

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Uh-oh. Kanye sings! That’s sort of like hearing that Michael Jordan wants to play baseball, or Elvis is going to take up acting -

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4 Nov 2008 // 9:00 PM

John Legend: Evolver

Evolver is one of the better R&B albums of 2008, and Legend goes a long way towards proving himself as a jack of all trades.

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22 Oct 2008 // 10:00 PM

Songs in the Key of Rap

The relationship between singing and rapping has had a transforming effect on hip-hoppers and singers alike.

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Joe Gibbs: Scorchers from the Mighty Two

When listening to a compilation like Scorchers from the Mighty Two, ownership of a certain piece of music seems like a quaint and inconsequential idea. There's a communal spirit that reigns.

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8 Sep 2008 // 4:31 AM

Kanye West, Ani DiFranco, The Last Shadow Puppets…

Kanye West Love Lockdown [Video] Ani DiFranco Emancipated Minor [MP3] (from Red Letter Year releasing 30 September)       The Last Shadow Puppets

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Activity Placement: Why Kanye Needs Us and We Need Him

Kanye West is a bona fide hit-maker. But his real genius lies in his ability to match songs to consumer behavior, marketing his music less as a product and more as the perfect accompaniment to the activities of daily life.

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Kanye West: Is he rap’s greatest rock star or just lost in space?

If Kanye West reads this headline, he’ll undoubtedly object. It’s not BIG enough for him. Super-size is not his style. It must be

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4 May 2008 // 10:00 PM

When They’re 65…

What will some of today's most well-known hip-hop artists be doing in 2035? Maybe they won't be running the music world, but they'll probably be doing something beyond applying Fixodent to their grills.

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1 Apr 2008 // 9:00 PM

Barry Adamson (all tracks from Back to the Cat released 31 March) Spend a Little Time [MP3]       Shadow of Death Hotel

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Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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