It's really just a raw emotional thing, but I feel like he's an actor rapper. I mean, the dude was on a teenage soap opera. He's a child of privilege - for those of you who have been to Toronto, he grew up in Forest Hill and went to Forest Hill Collegiate Institute (via Wikipedia). But he sounds and acts like he's a real black southern rapper, like Lil Wayne, and he's just not.
I'm not saying you have to be a former drug-dealer to make hip-hop. And to be honest, the production on some of his songs is cool. I also think it's mostly recycled, boring bullshit beats, but sometimes that can sound cool. But the second you step in front of the microphone and start rapping about your problems, you invite the spotlight. He doesn't rap about not being given as many lines as he wanted in Degrassi, and he doesn't rap about being cut from his college prep high school's basketball team, he wants you to think he's got problems, and he just doesn't. Fuck your problems, Drake. If he had decided that music was his passion and became a great producer, maybe I'd think he was cool. But frankly he's just another actor-turned-artist like, I don't know, fucking Bruce Willis and Scarlett Johannson and Hugh Laurie and Jennifer Lopez and every other fucking actor who's made horrible music.
Plus, his name is Aubrey.
I feel like he mostly raps about vulnerability in love/relationships and being famous... You'll never be able to live down the name Aubrey but I don't really think that he raps about anything fraudulent. It's not like he says he sold crack rocks with the Hell's Angels.
Is Pitchfork's review of the new Black Keys especially awful, or are all of their reviews such rambling stews of word vomit? I typically view their number grade and skip the actual reviews, so I can't really gauge this one. I've heard you guys mention this before though so I'm thinking it's the belt sander.
No that's a fairly typical review for them. I have a hard time getting upset about it though cause what are you really going to say about the black keys? They've just been refining the same album for the better part of a decade, no one really needs to be told what it sounds like.
The Childish Gambino review from today is absolutely stellar though. Sums up all my thoughts on that album very succinctly