I’m all for folks showing who they are in their music and I’m all for equal rights, racial equality, economic equality, etc, but at the end of the day I want banging music that I return to. I don’t find that in Dirty Computer.
This track below (by Janelle Monae) meets all the requirements and the fact that this track was somewhat suffocated (read about it here) and Dirty Computer is on the year end lists as the best of this year says everything that’s wrong with the music business and the music PR, and music journalism. Too much about the personal lives and identities of the performers and not enough on the music.
I would rather listen to 1999 and to this tune as a combination of music and politics than the restrained and detached music on Dirty Computer.