“act your age not your shoe size…”
the weeknd covers ‘dirty diana‘ on his latest joint. i actually like it-the darkness of the instrumentation, the angst of it all-it works. other than that, i’m really not sure that the whining is all that necessary. but then, they said the same thing about maxwell. in 1996, i was on team maxwell all the way, not understanding why the lump with d’angelo, because while they did occupy the same sub-genre, they had completely different works. i was sixteen. ten years later, on a midnight bus back to montrill from nyc, i fell in love with brown sugar-i got it. what was different? well, a lot of things, but the biggest one was that i had had sex in that decade, and more specifically-i had become familiar with orgasm. one of the things i have learned about music commentary is how to manage, own, and analyze subject position, and how to produce the most authentic writing that still has staying power. i guess we all keep learning that. i recently drew the parallel between the weeknd, bilal, and anthony hamilton as the one dood that doods are not ashamed to admit (and tweet loudly) that they bump. mark anthony neal gets me with his breakdown on bilal, because he also manages to simultaneously shoutout some of my very favorite albums of all time:
“‘Second Child’ suggests that there is a significant upside to being a twentysomethin’ artist. No doubt Bilal has only scratched the surface of his talents. More accomplished than Prince’s For You and D’Angelo’s Brown Sugar and on par with Terence Trent Darby’s Introducing the Hardline, Dionne Farris’s Wild Seed Wild Flower, and the Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die, in my mind 1st Born Second is one of the most significant debuts in black pop of the past twenty-five years-all done with a pimp’s flair.” (53)
and so, i suppose this is as good a time as any to lend my unsolicited opinion on the common/drake bizness. in truth, the whole thing is as relevant as ice-t calling out souljah boy. these artists do not share a target demographic, span decades of life experience, and may have shared a skirt-so if it all comes down to serena-man, come on.