The world of online music journalism seems like it would consist primarily of nerdy guys and homely women sitting behind laptop computers all day, purposely spreading misinformation in order to advance their own questionable political beliefs, but it’s actually way more exciting than you’d think. At times, it’s hardly distinguishable from an episode of “COPS.”
My new book Critical Beatdown reveals the stories behind the artificially inflated review scores for marginally talented, stereotypical rappers and synthetic, prefabricated pop acts, and the incessant, largely irrelevant op-eds on identity politics. In the process, it explains how online music journalism is at least partly to blame for the rise of the new fascism.
Specifically, I discuss, among other things, that time Hot 97, MTV News and Rap Radar tried to make it seem as if people give a shit about Troy Ave; censorship campaigns against Rick Ross, Tyler the Creator and R. Kelly; a number of instances of alleged misogyny in the music industry, including domestic violence, Fappening-style haX0ring and nonconsensual butt-rubbing; Rolling Stone’s “A Rape on Campus;” GamerGate and the 2016 presidential election, on which I’ve come up with what will come to be viewed as the definitive take.
Thanks in advance for your support. I’ll be back next week with the usual bullshit.
Take it easy on yourself,