Thursday, June 5, 2008

I don't listen to White Music. I don't listen to Black Music. Stop fronting you listen to it all!!!!

What up ya'll?

Today I want to touch on a topic of music. In my walk of life music has played a major roll in it. I listen to all types of music ranging from Hip-hop, R&B, Jazz, Reggae, Calypso, Soca, Pop, Rock and Roll, Heavy Metal, House, Blues, 80's, ect. I have been fortunate to go to see concerts of artists such as Michael Jackson, Sting, Depeche Mode, Billy Joel, Elton John, Kiss, Motley Crue, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The Might Sparrow, Jam Band, Buju Banton, Bounty Killa, Beenie Man, John Mayer, Maroon 5, N'sych, Van Halen LL Cool J, Bobby Brown, Wu-Tang, Black Star, Roots, and many others.

It has definitely made me there person who I am, and I am proud of it. In my perspective music is universal. You can vibe to music even you don't understand the language. I have a friend named Jason,who is a one of the biggest artists in Sweden, he goes by the name of Timbucktu. He rhymes in Swedish and I don't understand the what he's is saying but I do like his music and had it in my Cd rotation for quite some time. He even came over to the States and performed about a year ago and it was a great concert. Good music is good music. Period!

When I was twelve I went to a Depeche Mode concert in Nice, France. It amazed me to see how many people loved the music and most of the people did not understand the the lyrics. That was a true breakthough for me to understand music is universal. It's a vibe.

On numerous occaisions I hear black people say I don't listen to white music and vice versa, white people saying the same about black music. I think it's bulls@*t and you are in the closet about your music preferences.

If you grew up in the 80's like I did, MTV played mostly music that had "white" artists. The Black artists that came on there were Michael Jackson, Prince, Rockwell, Herbie Hancock, and maybe Run DMC. And those videos came on a dime a dozen So if grew up during that time frame , watched MTV alot, are black and say that you don't like "white" music. STOP Fronting!

Not too long ago I went to a club called Element in NYC and went for the dancehall, reggae and soca night. The crowd was predominantly Black. The DJ at one point played p a medley of songs that consisted of Kelly Clarkson "Since You've Been Gone", Sara Barreilles "Love Song" (corny song but I can't front I like it! lol), Berlin "Take My Breath Away". A good amount of the crowd, that consisted of females, got excited when these songs came on and knew the words verbatum. Now, I have been to bars that consisted of predominately white people and Kelly Clarkson came on and did not see people get as excited they people did at the reggae night. As a matter of fact, the white popele got amped when 50 Cent, Kanye and Lil Wayne came on and they knew all of the words. Some of sogs they knew the lyrics better than I did (Note: if it's old school I know all of the lyric buts the lyrics the recent hip hop don't register in my hippocampus. that's what processes memory in your brain). That may have to do with the state of hip-hop today but that's an entirely differernt blogworthy topic that I will discuss soon.

When I go to Jazz clubs, Hip-Hop concerts, and reggae concerts the majority of people that attend are white people. So I say to white people who deny liking black music, STOP FRONTING that you don't like "black" music!

The point I am trying to get across is what is "white" music and what is "black" music.

The question I would like to pose is : Does music have a color?

What makes music Black or White? Or any color at that?

The last time I went to a music store I did not see a sign for "black" music, nor "white" music.

Do we dictate the what type of music it is from the color of the artists' skin? I feel that's a mistake to claim music like that.

I feel music can be based of a culture but not the color of the skin.

I remember when New Kids on the Block first came out with the song "Please don't go Girl"
A lot of Black people thought it was New Edition or another Black group singing it. When they found out it was a white group people were shocked.

Rock and Roll and Blues music was pioneered by many black artists and musicians.

My point is music is universal there are no color barriers to it. Listen to it and like it! No need to front on something that you like.

Please post your thoughts on this topic. Harlemite would like to know your thoughts on this.

Here are a couple music videos to check out.


Good music

Sara Bareilles-Love Song

Harlemite Shououts to: My Mom, Sandra Del Valle Ortiz, Fizzstar, C-Boogie, Xavier, Enrique Figueroa, Jamil Adams, Nicole Yvonne Ducan-Smith, Timbucktu, Jazelle Superina, Howard Falconer, Marcus Samuelsson, Claes Uggla, Judy Figueroa-Khan, my godson Dante, Issa Mass, Kellye McMillon, Leslie, Angela Mignone, Anson Carter, Michael Rivers, Diana Giruli, Elaine Williams(I need another message from you!), Hannah Kiernan, Sean Dillon, Shaun Clancy, Harry Allen, Mande Whitaker, Mosi Singleton (The Woman!), Yuma Decaux, and DJ Rasta Roots.
Birthday shouts to Tori Ervin, Ziad Mugraby, and Sarah Orlinsky Maitland

Quote of the day: " That what can't be good for the bee-hive, cannot be good for the bees"-Marcus Aurelius

Talk to you tomorrow!


E said...

This year I started watching "Rock of Love" on VH1 primarily because I wanted to see what female rock music fans look like. I have never been a rock music fan. I can remember having friends in high school who loved Bon Jovi, KISS, and ACDC. But those groups unnerved me. For me, it wasnt a black music or white music issue; it had more to do with my dislike for male musicians rocking long hair, tight pants, and make-up. Did I ever give that music a chance? No. Am I missing out? Probably. I love music though; certain songs are the soundtrack to my life. And when I am in a bar and Britney Spears or Kelly Clarkson comes on.. I get very excited!

Aiesha said...

That black/white music thing is straight bull*isht. One of my favorite groups of all time is Tears for Fears. They are in my iPod right now along with Lupe Fiasco, Heatwave, Santogold and Beirut.

I don't understand how anyone who cam e of age in the 1980's can compartmentalize music like that.

I bet if someone threw on a Rick Astley or Human League song, they'd be like "that's my jam from back in the day."

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Wish we could go back in the day when it did not matter what color the artist was! Back when all of the black recording artists had pictures of white people or rivers on their album covers! Now 'we' are all confused about who we should like!