Three Things (Tuesday March 21 2017)

#1 – The Extremely Nerdy Music Science Behind Why You Love Drake’s “Passionfruit” (Noisey)

Looks like this week’s gonna be an ALL DRAKE ALL THE TIME kinda week. Dude has apparently beaten a number of streaming records, added fuel to the Drake x Jennifer Lopez dumpster fire (sampling J. Lo may have been a little too on-the-nose, really) and big upped UK rappers like Skepta, Dave and Giggs on More Life.

One of the more interesting pieces to emerge over the last few days, however, is a scientific explanation behind why one would perhaps enjoy More Life cut “Passionfruit”. The dancehall-flavoured song’s chord progressions can cause listeners’ bones to rise up and spontaneously dance. Now we know why.

#2Female Bonding: The Strange History of Wonder Woman (Bitch magazine)

While the internet’s all up in arms about the apparent de-fuzzification of Gal Gadot’s armpits in the new Wonder Woman trailer, I’d much rather explore the interesting origins of the superhero’s creations more than five decades ago. Bitch magazine’s feature from a decade ago is as pertinent a read as ever.

#3Angels & Demons (St. Petersburg Times via LongForm.org)

Undoubtedly one of the best longreads I’ve had the pleasure of sitting with in a long time, this piece about the murder of a mother and her two daughters while on vacation in Florida is a masterclass in feature-writing. At times heart-wrenching and deeply moving, this October 1997 piece remains a solid piece of journalism almost two decades on.

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Three Things (Friday March 17 2017)

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Three Things, a short list of three interesting items found around the internet.

#1Why Rock Can’t Compete With Hip-Hop In 2017 (Genius)

The staff (geniuses?) over at lyric storing house Genius recently dropped an article outlining an argument as to why hip-hop dominates today’s landscape – because it can sound like anything it damn well pleases. An intriguing opinion that definitely has points for and against it.

People have also been proclaiming that rock’s been dead for years (exhibit A / exhibit B / exhibit C, to name a few), so there’s some food for thought.

#2Why We Can’t Give South Asian Artists Who Say The N-Word A Pass (The Fader)

Anupa Mistry over at The Fader details some of the problematic language that recent XO Records signee NAV has been using as part of his music. The Cultural Studies student part of me is eating this shit up like it’s going out of style.

#3An Open Letter to Kendrick Lamar (DJ Booth)

This article over on DJ Booth finds Montreal artist (and all-around good guy) Jonathan Emile penning an open letter to Top Dawg Entertainment / Kendrick Lamar about a verse for a track that Emile had paid TDE for some years back. Seems like JE is getting fed up of getting what’s rightfully his. Let’s hope TDE comes around – the track in question (‘Heaven Help Dem’) is pretty solid, check it out here.

BONUS – A video for your weekend

I’ve always been fascinated by people who speedrun videogames. I remember downloading silent .wmv files over a decade ago, watching people both play in real-time and use tool-assisted programs in order to achieve what some thought impossible.

Youtube user Summoning Salt has begun chronicling the evolution of speedruns from some of the most popular communities. Check out his video about the evolution of the SNES game Super Metroid below.