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July 2017



Kesha Releases “Praying” and Macklemore Releases “Glorious” – Intentional Competition?

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Forgive me if I find on-the-nose schmaltz to be off-putting. While I’m certainly happy Kesha is making a comeback and speaking her truth, my heartless core just happens to be put off by this indulgence, and the epic drum back-beat just feels like a try-hard attempt at making the music memorable. The song, entitled “Praying,” was co-written with Macklemore’s Ryan Lewis, and the track was strangely released the same day as Macklemore’s new song, “Glorious” (absent Ryan Lewis). The fast-rap hip hop duo won three Grammies, and Lewis left their partnership without any tangible explanation. Ben Haggerty says that “the decision came from a place of love for one another” but some “creative space would be good” for both of them.

It’s no secret that Kesha has endured a bear of a legal battle, fighting Dr. Luke and Sony to exit her contract amid claims of sexual harassment. “Praying” will be the “Tik Tok” singer’s first new material since the 2013 EP ‘Deconstructed.’ As for Macklemore, “Glorious” is fine. It’s catchy, as all his songs are. Listen to both tracks below.



February 2016



Kanye West Takes Aim at Bob Ezrin — Finally Makes Sense

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Of all Kanye West’s rants, his effusive rage against veteran music producer Bob Ezrin has to be the most hilarious . . . and on point. In a piece written for Bob Lefsetz’s “Lefsetz Letter,” Ezrin took aim at West’s new album, calling it “sophomoric” and said that we won’t be be “quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now,” as we would “Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer.” He furthered that Kanye “didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like N.W.A., or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick.” I think you can guess what happened from here.

Kanye West did not take kindly to the criticism, especially the idea that Ezrin compared his music to Macklemore, and in a tweet heard round the world Kanye said, “Bro you said Macklemore was more important musically than me… no offense to Macklemore, he’s a nice human being!”

Kanye also pointed out that Ezrin represents the “old guard” (a good point) and knows nothing about rap (which is likely true). Anyone who would put Macklemore in the same sentence as Kendrick Lamar, deserves a Kanye West twitter throw-down. And in case you would like to compare Macklemore and Kanye’s influence for sport, watch the two videos below and judge for yourself. Kudos to Kanye for calling Macklemore “nice,” in a bid to be less mean. He clearly tried.