This post doesn't really have a coherent theme, other than "here is some cool stuff I've had bookmarked to share for a bit, and am finally getting around to sharing." I'm hoping it will be a nice tonic to, well, you know, current reality.
Four things for your enjoyment:
- from Vox.com, the video Rapping Deconstructed: the Best Rhymers of All Time. Based on the work of Martin Connor (whose website Rap Analysis is well worth close reading), this short video encapsulates how the technique of rap and rappers grew from its origin to its most gifted and skilled practitioners, and really clearly illustrates how they do what they do. It's a great medley of many of rap's best artists for those who may already know; and a fun primer for those unfamiliar with this musical style and practice:
- Of the many things I will miss about President Obama is his intuitive understanding and celebration of the importance of creative, cultural work as absolutely essential (one of the many, many displays of his emotional and spiritual intelligence). He and the First Lady held events and participated in creative culture often, and one of my personal favorite ways they did so was by personally curating and sharing playlists. Through Spotify, the President released several summer playlists over the past couple of years, which are really superb (free to listen, but Spotify login required):
- The Philosophy of Rick & Morty breaks down some interesting themes in one of the best television shows currently in production, which is well worth the close examination this video gives:
- Lastly, I assume that if you're hip enough to be reading this site (ha!), you've already been listening to Hamilton for a while now. But if you haven't checked out the annotated lyrics on Genius.com, you really should (many are done by Lin-Manuel Miranda himself). Also, don't miss the Hamilton Mixtape, released yesterday.