Harold wrote: Toni wrote:
Cold Butterfly wrote:In the context of government and sexual politics as well, especially In this particular era of America.
This is what every big music press is writing in their year end lists, claiming that these are “terrible times”. Well, I’m not American, so maybe it’s all ignorance of mine, but I’d like to know if has any law which impose segregation against African-American, or homossexual people, been enacted these last years. Has your government legally stimulated you Americans to kill, discriminate, or to be violent to each other? Have your lives really become so worse this decade?
I ask for these reflections because I’ve got the impression that every form or art (or any other form of self expression) has gone to the same clichés repeatedly. It seems like artists don’t feel encouraged to think for themselves, so they only repeat the same ideas of everyone. I believe this can be a reason for music becoming less interesting these last 2-3 years.
These are fascinating questions, of course. But the EOY 2018 Albums Spreadsheet Update thread is NOT
the place to discuss them. Do not derail this thread with political discussions, please. By all means, create a thread in another forum to continue this conversation. But not here. Thank you!
I'm not trying to turn this forum political, and I agree with everything Harold said above. But the last few years have seen America witnessing boiling political and sexual tension the last few years.
Take In for example massive police brutality against African Americans and the rise of Black Lives Matter, the sexual assault allegations against many celebrities and people of power (our own president bragged about "grabbing women by the pussy", the separation of children from their families on the Mexican-American border, the events at Williamsburg In 2017, and a growing belief that those who choose to speak their mind should keep their mouth shut, exemplified by the rise of nationalism and white supremacy, especially on social media. I've witnessed this tension that has been growing throughout the 2010s, and the country Is at It's most divided since Vietnam. I live In Washington D.C., and everyday myself and others sense the feeling that America has become a melting pot that's popping up over and over again.
With that saying, the troubled times In America has produced an explosion of musical art which has been expressed through music, tackling the times that we live In, and the powers and desires that cause this issue. I strongly disagree that a lot of these albums which are speaking on these matters are repetitive however, because a lot of these albums have their own political worldview and are unique In their own way. For examples, how are albums such as To Pimp A Butterfly, Lemonade, or american dream products of the same cliches when they're all heavily different musically and lyrically? I get your points, but I feel like you don't understand the pain that many minorities are going through right now In this country, whether It's because of the color of your skin, your sexual orientation, or where you were born.
I'm making my argument about music, not politics. But music and politics have been inseparable ever since music was even created, and politics have produced some of the most important and influential music of all time. It doesn't matter where your position on these issues stand, but It's simply fact that that this divide has produced some of the decade's best music, with a lot of artists tackling It In their own way, and succeeding on their own merits regardless.