Category Archives: Pop

Pop music is interesting to discuss because it is the music that we are most exposed to. Most people have an opinion on these songs and we love exploring the genre.

Chad Hoy - I'm Not the Picture You've Painted in Your Head

Chad Hoy – I’m Not the Picture You’ve Painted in Your Head Interview

We love music here at Culture Hash and I am pleased to have secured an interview with Chad Hoy a talented singer currently based in Texas with a new EP, I’m Not the Picture You’ve Painted in Your Head.

The 5 song EP is an emotive experience, featuring haunting vocals and stories about heartbreak. From the mournful “You Don’t” to the hopeless “Timing” this is a dark tale of missed opportunities and unfinished business. In these misadventures of the heart you can’t help but connect with Chad’s emotional state in his vocals.

We are lucky to have secured a semi-serious interview with Chadley, I admit I was fairly drunk when I sent some of these over. Kudos to Chad for putting up with my drunken ramblings:
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taylor swift look what you made me do

Track Review | Taylor Swift’s “Look What You Made Me Do”

Taylor Swift is back with a mediocre lead single from her forthcoming album, Reputation. “Look What You Made Me Do” has taken the internet by storm as fans rush to count the number of scores settled by the singer’s latest video. The song is a phenomenon, breaking streaming records and receiving eight million Spotify plays on its first day.

Produced by Jack Antonoff, formerly of Fun., “Look What You Made Me Do” is more contemporary and minimalistic than Swift’s previous album, 1989. Instead of ripping off the sounds of the 1980s, Swift instead copies Lorde’s half-sung delivery. Antonoff was executive producer for Lorde’s Melodrama and shows his hand with Swift’s latest single.

Amusingly, Melodrama displays far less melodrama than “Look What You Made Me Do”.
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Rebecca Ferguson – Lady Sings the Blues | Album Review

From the archives a circa 2015 review of Rebecca Ferguson’s Lady Sings the Blues album

This is Rebecca Ferguson; you may remember her from such songs as “Nothing’s Real But Love” and finishing second during X Factor 2010. Previously, we wrote a gushing review of her debut album, Heaven, where I described her as the only credible musician to get their break from the series.

Rebecca Ferguson

As a result of watching the majority of X Factor 2010, I developed an affection towards her and have followed her career with declining interest as she struggled to follow up her impressive start. Heaven was released in 2011 on Simon Cowell’s Syco Music, with the support of several heavyweight producers and co-writers which created memorable singles like “Glitter and Gold” and “Backtrack”. With the backing of Syco, there was a six month period during 2011 when Rebecca Ferguson became a borderline-household name and her album sold enough to go 2x Platinum in Britain. Then came the dreaded sophomore slump.

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Lil Yachty – Teenage Emotions | Album Review

Lil Yachty has released his much-anticipated debut studio album Teenage Emotions, a project which seems likely to establish his status as a legitimate force in mainstream hip-hop. Yachty is a controversial figure, especially within rap, where his amateurish lyrics and dinky delivery style put him at odds with the more ‘traditional’ rappers. However, the album fails to deliver on this promise of blazing a new path within the genre.
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Rap Names II - For A Few Rappers More

Rap Names Part II: For a Few Rappers More

Like we talked about last time, rapper’s stage names usually fall into two categories:

  • Boasts = Mos Def

Or

  • Name-based puns = Nelly [first name Cornell]

We’re going back to the well to look at more of these ridiculous names, and shatter the illusion that rappers are cool. I mean, there’s a dude on Dr. Dre’s label who goes by Jon Connor; he literally loves the Terminator films so much, he named himself after the worst character in the franchise.

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