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Third Listen

For this listen, I’d like you to think about how the song is representative of a particular musical genre (such as, punk, folk, folk rock, etc.). Genre can be defined as “a category of artistic composition, as in music or literature, characterized by similarities in form, style, or subject matter.” Each of your songs exists within one or more musical genres that have certain lyrical, musical, and compositional characteristics. Many artists are identified with a certain genre of music, but an individual song will borrow from multiple genres, so don’t stay within pre-determined artistic labels. Let the song speak for itself.

I’d like you to identify the genre(s) your song most connects to, the genre’s major characteristics, and how your song enacts, does not enact, and/or challenges those characteristics. Think in terms of the lyrics, the delivery, and the music (including instruments, samples, or other sound effects used).

Please link to at least 3 sources of information about your song’s musical genre. Though Wikipedia has a large list of musical genres, and many of their pages are rather robust, refrain from linking to a Wikipedia page. You are, however, welcome to look to the Reference List on the pages and go to the referenced text so you can see the original discussion that is being cited there.

“Don’t Touch My Hair” – Third Listen

“The Story of O.J.” – Genre

“The Story of O.J.” has clear indications of representing multiple genres, regardless of Jay-Z being characterized as a rapper. Rap is a genre that started as a “slang” and was intertwined with Hip-Hop, because of its roots and meaning. Rap… Continue Reading →

Third Listen – Mystery of Iniquity

Lauryn Hill’s career has displayed many different genres of work. Though she is predominantly hip-hop, her albums tend to show several different kinds of music, like reggae, soul, R&B, and even folk. In “Mystery of Iniquity” she displays two genres,… Continue Reading →

Just a Girl- Third Listen

  Sheet music for reference: No Doubt was arguably one of the most popular Ska-Punk bands of the 1990’s. No Doubt incorporated electric/bass guitars, drums, keyboards… as well as electronic and experimental music.  However, it was evident Just a Girl has resisted… Continue Reading →

Third Listen- Not Ready to Make Nice

Musical genre is a very important aspect of a song. Genre has a lot do with the expectations a listener has for a song, and also greatly affects the way the listener will respond to that song. Country music, primarily… Continue Reading →

Third Listen- “Don’t Touch My Hair”

“Don’t Touch My Hair” by Solange is a song that falls under the alternative R&B genre. The song could be classified generally as R&B, but when compared to the sound of other artists and songs that represent the R&B, “Don’t… Continue Reading →

Now – Third Listen

After listening to Now, it is clear that it falls under the same genre that all of Miguel’s songs fall, R&B. Miguel has been known for his soulful songs, filled with sexual innuendo’s. In his newest album, War and Leisure,… Continue Reading →

Zombie by the Cranberries

Prior to this project I had never paid much attention to watch genre certain songs were considered by people. To me the genre rarely makes a difference when it comes to the song or band because many artists don’t like… Continue Reading →

Neighbors by J. Cole – A Third Listen

J. Cole’s “Neighbors” is one song that certainly does not fall short when it comes to representing musical culture. As a Hip Hop artist, J. Cole effectively brings his message to life through a genre of music that originated and… Continue Reading →

Third Listen- Guerrilla Radio

Rage Against the Machine is a band that I feel was a part of a new sound of metal and hard rock. It introduced hip-hop elements into a metal sounding song. One example would be the song I have chosen… Continue Reading →

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