“I got a report card in first grade that said, “Jack excels in his studies and really enjoys math and English, but he starts fights on the playground that he brings back into the classroom.” I’ve tried to make that my operating premise.”—
Album Review: Kanye West and Jay Z's "Watch the Throne'
The first track on Watch the Throne opens with a bouncy bass line, a tune that brings the corners of your mouth skyward with anticipation. And then, Frank Ocean’s soulful voice comes in and lets us know who we’re talking about- God’s among kings among men. This is a work of art from two of this generation’s music icons- Jay Z, whose work has led him to be the most successful recording artist in recent history, and Kanye West, whose antics and feverish lyrics make him a modern day prophet. The only question that remains, especially for fans of one or both artists, is whether or not the album can live up to the enourmous hype. The answer is yes, but in a way that you probably couldn’t ever imagine.
Bachmann belongs to a generation of Christian conservatives whose views have been shaped by institutions, tracts, and leaders not commonly known to secular Americans, or even to most Christians. Her campaign is going to be a conversation about a set of beliefs more extreme than those of any American politician of her stature, including Sarah Palin, to whom she is inevitably compared. Bachmann said in 2004 that being gay is “personal enslavement,” and that, if same-sex marriage were legalized, “little children will be forced to learn that homosexuality is normal and natural and that perhaps they should try it.” Speaking about gay-rights activists, that same year, she said, “It is our children that is the prize for this community.” She believes that evolution is a theory that has “never been proven,” and that intelligent design should be taught in schools.
Tegan and Sara posted a letter on their blog regarding OFWGKTA’s frontman Tyler, the Creator and his ‘offensive lyrics.’ If you’re interested, you should check out the full text here, Tyler’s response, and hit the jump for a more in depth look at why I think T&S are off base.