“Neckties” vs. “Warlords”: Yeezy and HOVA’s contesting masculinities
· by Robin James · in Autotune, Jay-Z, kanye west, masculinity, postmillennial black hipness
So, in my earlier post about Jay-Z’s DOA, I argued that he was defending a more traditional ghetto-hetero-black masculinity against Kanye’s Autotuned insurgency into hip-hop and its canon of “proper” masculinities. Kanye’s LMFAO “Paranoid” remix (Youtube below) makes it clear…
Death of Autotune, or massive repudiation of perceived effeminacy?
· by Robin James · in Autotune, gender, Jay-Z
Ok, so, Jay-Z has released a new track titled “DOA (Death of Autotune)”, produced by Mr. Autotune extraordinare Kanye West. There’s a ton of media buzz about the track (which seems to be the purpose of a track which attacks…