This is the story of Marvin Gaye’s harrowing 1978 album Here My Dear, an underappreciated but essential project in the singer’s discography. Inspired by the devastating divorce of his wife of 13 years, the album was an extremely personal account of their break-up and served as one of the biggest fuck yous in music history. Let’s start with the album’s two protagonists and how life was treating them in 1978:
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.
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.
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.
Another music video breakdown, this week we are looking at the adorable video for “iSpy” with Kyle featuring Lil Yachty. At Culture Hash we love a bit of Lil Boat and his bizarrely infectious style of rapping and singing.
He’s causing a bit of a stir in the hip-hop world, with his seeming lack of respect for the founding fathers of hip-hop. People got upset when he said he couldn’t name five songs by Tupac or the Notorious B.I.G, but at the end of the day he wasn’t even born when both of the rappers died.
Lil Yachty is looking like the future of hip-hop at this moment; his lack of respect for the older people in the genre seem to represent a shift in the genre. He has thus far released two good mixtapes. Times are changing in hip-hop some people might not like it.
Like we talked about last time, rapper’s stage names usually fall into two categories:
- Boasts = Mos Def
- 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.